Toyota has confirmed a new version of the Prado off-roader is due to land in showrooms in the middle of this year.
The bold looking four-wheel drive brings cool retro styling, improved performance and safety tech and a modern cabin.
Toyota Australia head of sales and marketing Sean Hanley says the new Prado will prove popular with families and adventurers.
“Over decades the Prado has become a favourite for Australians in need of an SUV able to transport the whole family during the week and go off the beaten path on the weekend, all with signature Toyota reliability,” says Hanley.
“The new-generation Prado will continue the legacy forged by its predecessors when it arrives here later this year, with the addition of 48-volt technology and the new Altitude grade making it more appealing than ever.”
It’ll arrive in five different model grades: GX, GXL, VW, Kakadu and “adventure-focused” Altitude.
All versions are powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine and 48-volt mild hybrid tech that makes 150kW and 500Nm and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
A 3500kg braked towing capacity, full time all-wheel drive, low range gearing and a locking centre differential is standard across the range.
Toyota hasn’t revealed prices yet but it is likely to jump significantly from the $62,830 (plus on-road costs) starting point of the old version.
Lexus is launching a luxury version of the Prado, dubbed GX, in the middle of this year and is expected to start at $110,000.
GX buyers can expect manually adjustable cloth wrapped seats, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with smartphone mirroring, satnav, 10-speaker stereo, rubber floor mats and the driver’s display is a mix of analog and digital information.
It also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, “TOYOTA” lettering on the front grille and a hatch window on the rear.
The GX is only available with five seats and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.
The GXL adds a third row to bump seating capacity to seven and brings roof rails, a power tailgate and rear privacy glass.
It also gains faux leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a power adjustable driver’s seat, wireless device charger and a leather accented steering wheel and gear shifter.
The VW adds 20-inch alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers and exterior trim and ups the luxe factor with leather accented seats, power adjustment for all front seats and a refrigerated console box.
Tech has been boosted with a 12.3-inch digital driver display, 14-speaker JBL stereo and adaptable suspension with dedicated drive modes and a camera view for under the vehicle and its surrounds.
The rugged Altitude grade drops the wheels down to 18-inches and wraps them in all-terrain tyres. It adds a locking rear diff and suspension feature that ups wheel articulation by 10 per cent compared to the other models.
It is available only in a five seat layout and includes a digital rearview mirror, heated steering wheel and head-up display.
The flagship Kakadu variant ups the luxury kit with a panoramic moonroof, heated and ventilated rear seats and a rear limited slip differential.