Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled at Frankfurt

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled at Frankfurt

"It will leave lasting memories as one of the most iconic vehicles in Toyota's rich SUV history, helping to bring renewed energy to the Toyota brand", he said.

A fully redesigned dashboard, new eight-inch touchscreen, flush-surface air conditioning control panel and more have been updated on the inside of the Land Cruiser to make it feel premium.

The Land Cruiser sells in more than 190 countries all over the world, so it's the best Toyota in terms of availability. In profile, the auto looks different thanks to a taller front bumper plus realigned wing lines and bumpers, all on the same horizontal axis.

Out back there are new bits including LED brake lights and a restyled bumper, plus a smaller rear garnish plate - which is not as delicious as it sounds.

A new instrument binnacle and centre console design is said to be easier to use and more refined, and it certainly looked good on the car's 2017 Frankfurt motor show stand. A new 4.2-inch display screen has also been sandwiched into the driver's gauge cluster controlled via buttons on the steering wheel.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is sold in almost 200 countries worldwide and has become a byword for durability and off-road supremacy. 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.

Front styling features a new bonnet, grille and headlamps that replace the cascading, nearly droopy snout of the current model.

While the VX grade will also pick up Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The package includes a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and automatic high-beam. As far as motivation is concerned, the Land Cruiser can be had with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder diesel packing 177 hp (133 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque, linked to six speed manual or automatic - and the SUV can top out at 109 miles per hour (175 kph).

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