The Land Cruiser line-up from Toyota comprises of some of the world’s toughest yet most reliable SUVs. This line-up is comprised of two vehicles – the Land Cruiser and the Land Cruiser Prado (the smaller, ‘less expensive’ Land Cruiser). In 2018, Toyota has brought the facelifted version of the latter (for convenience’s sake, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift). The car costs an exorbitant Rs 92.60 lakh (ex-showroom), which is still less expensive than the Land Cruiser (Rs 1.41 crore, ex-showroom). What’s new about the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and does it help the car justify its price tag?
|Specifications||2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado|
|Price||Rs 92.60 lakh (ex-showroom)|
|Engine||DOHC, 16-valve, turbocharged 2.0-litre D-4D inline-four common rail diesel|
|Transmission||5-speed automatic with 4WD|
|Front Suspension||Independent type, double wishbone|
|Rear Suspension||Independent type, multi-link (4 links) with air springs|
|Front Brake||Ventilated discs|
|Rear Brake||Ventilated discs|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||87 litres|
What’s new about the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado?
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo in India. Showcased first back in 2009, this facelifted model marks the third time the current-gen Land Cruiser Prado has been updated. As a part of the update, the premium luxury SUV sports a new front end which comprises of new hood, grille, bumpers, fenders, projector headlights, and LED taillamps. All these make the car look a bit sleeker than before while helping it retain its rugged design. The inside of the car features a heavily updated dashboard with new instruments. Also new is the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with panoramic view monitor. The front seats of the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado now feature heating and ventilation functions.
On the mechanical front, though, there are no changes. What that means is that buyers get only one engine option – a 3.0-litre DOHC turbocharged inline four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 173HP power and 410Nm torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox that sends the engine’s power to all four wheels. The car has a double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link (quad-link) adaptive air suspension at the back with Normal, Comfort, and Sport modes. There are disc brakes on all four ends of the car for braking duties. The SUV comes with safety features like ABS with EBD and brake assist, 7 airbags, and whiplash injury lessening headrests.
The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado gets electronic aids like parking assist system, downhill assist control, hill-start assist, vehicle stability control, TPMS, crawl control, selectable terrain modes, and multi-terrain monitor. The Land Cruiser Prado facelift measures 4,840mm in length, 1,885mm in width, and 1,880mm in height with 2,790mm wheelbase. The SUV can seat seven people and has gross weight of 2990kg (rather portly).
Is the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado worth consideration?
Since the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado features a new face and several new features, there isn’t much that can make it anymore special than it already is. However, the truth is that it is already quite a special vehicle. Buyers swear by Land Cruiser badge as it represents a special breed of go-anywhere and highly reliable vehicles. With mechanical components that can survive almost anything, the Land Cruiser Prado is a car for those who prefer to stay off the beaten path and are adventurous enough to go just about anywhere.
Simply put, this car has been made to survive in almost any condition. This is the kind of vehicle you need to go on those journey-to-the-end-of-the-earth type adventures. Calling it a vehicle worth consideration is an understatement. Only two other vehicles are worth considering over the Land Cruiser Prado because of their sheer ability and on-board luxury – the big ol’ Land Cruiser and the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado India Launch – Synopsis
- Priced at Rs 92.60 lakh (ex-showroom)
- Features new bumpers, headlamps, taillamps, fenders, and grille
- Features an updated interior with new instruments, refreshed dashboard, and new features
- Gets a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with panoramic view monitor
- Packs a 3.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder D-4D diesel engine
- Engine outputs 173HP power and 410Nm torque
- Five -speed automatic gearbox sends power to all four wheels
- Equipped with a host of safety features like 7 airbags and ABS+EBD
- Sports independent type double wishbone front suspension
- Rear gets independent type multi-link suspension with air springs
- Electronic aids include parking assist system, vehicle stability control, TPMS, and selectable terrain modes
- Front seats gets heating and ventilation functions