2014 TOYOTA PRADO
Toyota's newly updated 2014 Prado range is now on sale in Australia, just three months after making its overseas debut.
The revised Prado range brings a modest front-end makeover, while the big wagon's current engine options carry over unchanged.
There's also a number of trim and technology updates, but it doesn't come free: the base GX retains its $55,990 starting point, but all other models have gone up in price by as much as $1455.
Engine options for the Prado remain unchanged in the 2014 model range, offering the familiar 202kW/381Nm 4.0 litre six and 127kW/410Nm 3.0 litre four-cylinder engines.
The four-cylinder diesel, with max torque available between 1600 and 2800rpm, can be had across the range.
GX and GXL models offer either a six-speed manual or a five-speed auto, while diesel VX and Kakadu grades get the auto only.
Buyers leaning towards the petrol-powered six-cylinder engine can look to the GXL, VX and Kakadu models, equipped with the five-speed automatic.
Fuel economy is listed at11.5 l/100km for the big six, and 8.5 litres for the automatic diesel (8.8 for the manual). Both models have an 87 litre main tank, and a 63 litre sub tank.
Changes for the 2014 range include revisions to the the standard suspension and the electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension packages for improved handling and ride comfort.
Toyota has also added trailer sway control to the Prado range, following its local debut with the LandCruiser 200 Series in March.
External measurements and approach, departure and ramp-over angles are unchanged. (See Prado news and reviews here.)
Braked towing capacity is rated at 2500kg, and unbraked is listed at 750kg.
On the styling front, the 2014 Prado will arrive wearing 'fanged' lamps and LED daytime running lights, along with an extravagant grille design that gets meatier bars and bold chrome frame.
Changes at the rear end are limited to a new lens design for the existing tail-lamps and a bolder new garnish and number-plate surround.
There's also an upgraded front bumper design, with the new over-sized styling affording better protection to the radiator grille and headlights.
Inside, there's updated interior trim and accents, designed - Toyota says - to create "a more elegant atmosphere". Among the changes are new higher-quality materials and double-stitching.
The passenger experience is also improved, with the forward-folding angle of the second-row seats increased by more than 12 degrees. Independent heating has also been added to the VX and Kakadu's second-row outboard seats.
There's new tachometer and speedometer dials across the range, including 'Optitron' tech for VX and Kakadu models. Between the Optitron dials is a new 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display (MID).
The display also offers new simultaneous information, including individual wheel traction control, steering angle and differential lock operation.
With the top-shelf Kakadu, Multi-Terrain Select is now operated by a dial, while a fifth mode for working on rocks and dirt has been added to the previous rock, loose rock, mud and sand, and moguls modes.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, a rear-view camera and stability and traction control, along with an emergency brake signal that automatically flashes the stop lights to warn other drivers of potential danger.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- GX 5 manual - $55,990 ($0 change)
- GX 5 auto - $58,690 (up $436)
- GX 7 manual - $58,490 (up $236)
- GX 7 auto - $61,190 (up $1,013)
- GXL manual - $61,490 (up $355)
- GXL auto - $64,190 (up $555)
- VX auto - $78,990 (up $1,355)
- KAKADU auto - $92,590 (up $1,455)
- GXL auto - $63,190 (up $555)
- VX auto - $77,990 (up $1,355)
- KAKADU auto - $91,590 (up $1,455)