Toyota’s special-edition Prado Altitude, set apart from the pack with its tucked-away spare wheel, is back for another year.
Reborn on the back of demand from “city-based customers”, the Prado Altitude offers an out-of-sight under-body home for the spare wheel, making for a lighter tailgate that is easier to open.
Tucking away the spare wheel also allows for a glass hatch that opens separately to the larger tailgate for quick and easy access to rear storage.
The arrangement sees the deletion of the smaller secondary fuel tank that normally resides in the spare tyre’s new home, leaving the Prado with its regular 87 litre main tank only.
The Prado Altitude’s trick window and other features sees it kick off from $65,990 plus on-roads, marking a $5000 premium beyond the diesel-powered GXL auto model it’s based on.
Toyota says the special tailgate opening and other features amount to an additional $10,000 in value, however.
Features include leather-accented seats with contrasting grey inserts and stitching, along with a tilt-and-slide moonroof, Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with three wireless headphones and remote control, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, power front seats and rain-sensing wipers.
The Altitude also picks up the 14-speaker JBL audio system featured in up-spec models, adding DAB+ digital radio, a seven-inch display screen, and satellite navigation with Suna live traffic alerts.
Tweaks are rounded out with chrome side mouldings, door handles and air-conditioning surrounds, along with carbon fibre-look details on the dash panel and gearshift surround.
As with the GXL it’s based on, the Altitude is driven by a 127kW/410Nm 3.0 litre four-cylinder engine.
The Prado remains Australia’s top-selling large SUV, with 220,000 sold since 1996.
Numbers are up 8.2 percent in 2014 with 9725 sales year-to-date, however the Prado is led by Jeep’s popular Grand Cherokee with 10,019 YTD sales.