Toyota has taken the opportunity to introduce a facelifted Land CruiserSUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with an updated design, a refreshed interior, plus new safety and infotainment technology. As a result of these changes, the Land Cruiser Prado is now longer than the previous model.
Of course, the Land Cruiser Prado hasn't forgotten its off-road roots, and Toyota specifically redesigned the hood, front fenders, and bumpers to provide more visibility and better approach/departure angles. The front grille and headlamps are higher up (all the better for off-road use, apparently) while the bonnet, wing line and front and rear bumpers are now aligned for a tougher posture.
Around the back, fresh taillights make an appearance alongside a new rear bumper. It also gets bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels, bumper mounted lights and black door handles.
Inside 2018 Land Cruiser's interior features a revised dashboard that incorporates new instrument binnacle and center console designs.
Inside the driver will find the switchgear more sensibly grouped, the layout dominated by a new eight-inch touchscreen for the Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system, Optitron meters and a 4.2-inch display ahead of the steering wheel. That means a global line-up consisting of a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel, a 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol and a range topping 4.0-litre V8.
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Upmarket automatic Land Cruisers will new get Toyota's Safety Sense technology to help prevent or mitigate accidents. The package includes a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and automatic high-beam.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is sold in almost 200 countries worldwide and has become a byword for durability and off-road supremacy.
While the VX grade will also pick up Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Under the bonnet things remain unchanged. The 2.8-litre, four-pot, diesel engine produces 177hp and 450Nm of torque and is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.