New Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2021 pricing and specs detailed: Extra power comes at a cost for Mitsubishi Pajero rival

Toyota Australia has updated the LandCruiser Prado, with the large SUV becoming more expensive but getting a more powerful engine and an expanded suite of advanced driver-assist systems, while its six-speed manual transmission option has been dropped.

With manual versions of the entry-level GX and mid-range GXL grades gone and their automatic siblings $2850 dearer, the LandCruiser Prado now starts from $59,840 plus on-road costs, $5750 higher than before.

The GXL checks in at $66,540, while the mid-range VX and flagship Kakadu grades are up $2754 and $2804 respectively, to $76,380 and $87,030.

The LandCruiser Prado is still motivated by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, but just like in the HiLux ute and Fortuner large SUV, it’s been thoroughly upgraded to increase power to 150kW (+20kW) at 3400rpm and torque to 500Nm (+50Nm) from 1600-2800rpm.

With a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission now standard range-wide, the LandCruiser Prado continues to feature a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case, while maximum braked towing capacity remains 3000kg.

Fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test (ADR 81/02) has been reduced to 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (-0.1L/100km), while claimed carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are down to 209 grams per kilometre (-3g/km).

In terms of active safety features, the LandCruiser Prado’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system now detects pedestrians at night, in addition to during the day, while cyclists are now supported (day only).

Meanwhile, lane departure warning now provides steering assistance via braking to help prevent unintentional lane changes, while road sign recognition is new.

Inside, the LandCruiser Prado now features a 9.0-inch touchscreen (up from 8.0 inches in diameter), which is powered by Toyota’s latest multimedia system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support for the first time.

Rain-sensing wipers and rubber floormats are also now standard equipment alongside keyless entry and start, satellite navigation and a reversing camera.

The five-seat GX also features 17-inch alloy wheels, while the seven-seat GXL adds bi-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and foglights, side steps, roof rails, three-zone climate control and rear parking sensors.

A $3470 option package for the GXL bundles in power-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, heated second-row seats and leather-accented upholstery, all of which are standard in the seven-seat VX.

The VX also gets dusk-sensing lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, digital radio, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, carpet floormats, multi-terrain monitors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and surround-view cameras.

New to the seven-seat Kakadu are paddle-shifters, while crawl control, off-road drive modes, rear air springs with auto-levelling, adaptive dampers, a sunroof and a rear entertainment system carry over.

The GX can be optioned with the seven-seat configuration for $2550, while premium paintwork costs $600 for all grades of the LandCruiser Prado.

The Mitshubishi Pajero rival’s spare wheel is mounted on its tailgate as standard, although buyers can opt to have it located under the body for no extra cost, with it replacing its 63L secondary fuel tank.

2021 Toyota Prado pricing before on-road costs

Variant Transmission Cost
GX automatic $59,840 (+$2850)
GXL automatic $66,540 (+$2850)
VX automatic $76,380 (+$2754)
Kakadu automatic $87,030 (+$2804)

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August 24, 2020 9:02 am Published by