The Toyota Land Cruiser has a long history dating back to 1984. Land Cruiser series of vehicles were designed as light-duty vehicles first named as J70 and had boxy designs like the Jeep off-roader vehicles. The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will be a facelift version of the Prado which is an offshoot of many Land Cruiser series vehicles. The Prado has been in production since 2009 and is known as LC70, LC90, LC120 or LC150 as the platform varies. The Toyota Fortuner also inherits basic features of the Prado while the Lexus GX is its luxurious adaption.
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado design specifications
Quite a lot of redesign touches have been done on the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2018 to appeal consumers in the highly contested mid-sized SUV market. The Prado, in its fourth generation, will be based on Toyota’s J150 platform. The front fascia features a hexagonal grille with horizontal chrome bars and outline. LED daytime lighting enabled headlights are connected to the grille. Air vents and fog lights become parts of the bumper.
Smooth edges have been added to body parts while the straight roofline retains the traditional spacious headroom for passengers. Aluminum and carbon-fiber body ensure reduced weight and enhanced fuel efficiency to the new Prado.
Rounded square arches loom over 17-inch alloy wheels.
Built for heavy-duty off-road driving, the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado incorporates premium soft-touch materials in the cabin. Leather upholstery and leather-covered steering wheel indicate stamps of luxury in the SUV. A 7-inch center touchscreen allows smooth infotainment controls that include satellite navigation, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices, USB ports, and smartphone integration facility. A 4.2-inch instrument display also comes handy for drivers.
3-zone climate control, quite cabin acoustics and a 10-speaker audio system enhance driving experience. High trim versions of the crossover might also get Blueray quality screens for the rear passengers.
A power sunroof at the top is perfect for panoramic views on long drives. The 5-door SUV will comfortably accommodate 7 passengers.
Safety of passengers will be taken care of with multiple smart controls like the antilock braking system, collision alert system, adequate airbags, lane guide sensors, rear cameras for parking assistance and traction control.
Engine options and performance
2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado will most likely be equipped with standard 2.7 L inline-4 engine having 160 HP power and 180 lb-ft. torque output, and a 4.0 L V6 engine with 270 HP power and 281 lb-ft. torque. Both engines will be mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission mechanism. There is the possibility of a 3.0 L turbocharged diesel 5-speed automatic transmission enabled engine too.
These engine specifications can provide an engine efficiency of 13 mpg city and 20 mpg freeway. A sturdy body and powerful engine should take the towing capacity of the vehicle to 8000 lbs.
Price range and release date
Production of 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is underway and launch is expected to be done in early 2018. Pricing starts at $60,000 going over $90,000 for higher trims. With the above redesigns and choices of engines, Toyota’s old workhorse is going to be a tough match for the likes of BMW X5, Cadillac Escalade, and Audi Q7.