The Toyota Land Cruiser has been around since 1984. The J70 was the first Land Cruiser which was a light duty vehicle with boxy bodywork like Jeep’s crossovers. Prado is a design variant of Land Cruiser and the 2018 Toyota Prado will be a one really fascinating vehicle. Yes, the SUV is finally getting the fifth generation model, and judging by the first information, it will be a pretty good option for the future.
2018 Toyota Prado: Changes and Features
Toyota has brought in quite a few design changes in the 2018 Toyota Prado to stay in the fast paced SUV race. The latest Prado will stand on J150 platform, but the redesigned model will get a new and lightweight architecture. The hexagonal grille at the front will have horizontal chrome bars and outline. Daytime lighting LED headlights are connected to the center grille. The huge bumper includes air vents and LED fog lights.
The SUV retains the straight roofline to allow adequate headroom to passengers but smooth edges are all over the body. The body comprises mainly of aluminum and carbon-fiber materials that bring down overall weight and shoots up the fuel efficiency of the new Prado. Rounded square arches cover the 17-inch alloy wheels.
Comfort and performance are two aspects Toyota will feed into the design of the 2018 Toyota Prado. The interior will be plush with soft-touch materials, leather upholstery and leather-clad steering wheel.
A 7-inch center touchscreen takes care of the Toyota Entune infotainment services including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices, satellite navigation, USB ports and smartphone sync feature. Drivers get a 4.2-inch instrument panel along with the traditional gauges.
Cabin experiences will come with a 3-zone climate control, noise cancellation system and a 10 – speaker audio system. Blue-Ray grade LCD screen for rear passengers might be added in higher trims. A 5-door Prado can seat 7 passengers and comes with a power sunroof.
Drivers can also boast of the standard safety features including antilock braking system, collision caution sensors, airbags for all passengers, lane keeping guidance, rear view cameras for parking help and traction control.
Under The Hood
The 2018 Prado is likely to feature a standard 2.7 inline 4-cylinder engine that can deliver 160 hp power and 180 lb-ft torque. There is an optional 4.0-liter V6 engine with 270 hp power and 281 lb-ft torque output. The SUV will have a 6-speed automatic transmission. Rumors indicate a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine as well. The heavy duty vehicle has a towing capacity of 8000 lbs.
EPA figures should stay in the range of 13 mpg city and 20 mpg freeway for topping model. However, Toyota may try to improve on this with its recent trend to make greener vehicles.
Pricing and Release Date
The 2018 Toyota Prado is in the production phase and we expect an official launch in early 2018. The base price of the new Prado will sit at around $60,000 and over $70,000 for higher trims. Toyota’s old workhorse rivals the likes of BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade, and Audi Q7.