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2013 Toyota Prado Press Kit



Toyota has upgraded its LandCruiser Prado with bolder exterior styling, a more refined interior and even better handling for the 2014 model year.

Exterior changes are led by a distinctive redesign with a deeper front bumper, heritage-inspired grille and newly styled alloy wheels that reinforce the Toyota 4x4's toughness, reliability and renowned off-road abilities.

Interiors have benefited from comprehensive upgrades that raise quality, convenience and ease of use with new multi-media audio systems, a redesigned dashboard and new materials, detailing and features.

Refinements to the standard suspension and the electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System have improved handling and ride comfort.

Toyota has further developed functions that provide driver guidance and technical support, ensuring maximum precision and control for negotiating obstacles as well as more intuitive controls for on and off-road systems.

It has extended safety features to include trailer sway control, a system that assists the driver if a towed vehicle is unsettled by factors such as crosswinds or bumpy roads.

Seven airbags, a rear-view camera and stability and traction control are standard across the range, as is an emergency brake signal that automatically flashes the stop lights to warn other drivers of potential danger.

Despite the advances in styling and features, the entry price for Prado has been kept at $55,990* and the changes across the rest of the range average less than 1.2 per cent.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the upgrades will confirm LandCruiser Prado as one of the most technically advanced and easy-to-use 4WD vehicles in the world.

"LandCruiser Prado has become an icon in the 4WD market for its blend of rugged performance and premium features," Mr Cramb said.

"The latest improvements will enhance Prado's rock-solid reputation as one of the world's toughest and most reliable 4x4s while offering the style, comfort and on-road performance that are important to customers," he said.

"Prado's off-road performance and on-road dynamics, its powerful road presence, enhanced ride quality and high levels of technology distinguish it as an ideal blend of go-anywhere capability, comfort and refinement."

In ascending order, the five-door Prado range is GX (a five-seater with a seven-seat option) and the seven-seat GXL, VX and Kakadu. Three-door models have been discontinued.

Prado's styling makeover features a newly designed radiator grille with five prominent horizontal bars. It is integrated with new headlamp clusters to create a more powerful-looking structure that has been placed higher to afford added component protection during off-road driving.

External measurements and approach, departure and ramp-over angles are unchanged, safeguarding Prado's excellent agility, manoeuvrability and off-road prowess.

The vehicle profile is enhanced by newly designed 17-inch six-spoke and 18-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels. There are two new exterior colours - Dynamic Blue, a dark blue mica paint, and the mica metallic Liquid Bronze.

Inside, Toyota has revised interior trims and ornamentation to create a more elegant atmosphere with premium touches such as double stitching for better tactile appeal and even higher perceived quality.

The forward-folding angle of the second-row seats has been increased by more than 12 degrees, improving ease of entry and exit for third-row occupants. VX and Kakadu's second-row outboard seats can be heated independently.

The revised driver's instrument binnacle incorporates new tachometer and speedometer dials - Optitron for VX and Kakadu. Between the Optitron dials is a new 4.2-inch colour TFT multi-information display (MID) that provides significantly enhanced off-road driving assistance.

New information regarding individual wheel traction control, steering angle and differential lock operation can be displayed simultaneously for maximum driver assistance in challenging terrain.

On top-level Kakadu, Multi-Terrain Select - which gives drivers suitable guidance while automatically controlling power output and braking inputs - is now operated by a dial. A fifth mode, to help negotiate rocks and dirt, has been added to the previous rock, loose rock, mud and sand, and moguls modes.

Proven engine choices for LandCruiser Prado are the 127kW 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine or the 202kW V6 petrol engine with variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust valves.

The four-cylinder, 16-valve diesel - with 410Nm of torque on tap from 1,600 to 2,800rpm - is available across the range. GX and GXL grades offer the choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Diesel VX and Kakadu grades are fitted exclusively with the auto.

GXL, VX and Kakadu are available with the 24-valve, double overhead cam petrol six and the five-speed automatic transmission.


GX 5 manual
GX 5 auto
GX 7 manual
GX 7 auto
GXL manual
GXL auto
VX auto
GXL auto
VX auto

Metallic/pearl paint $475 (no change).

*Manufacturer's list price provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.

For more information, please contact:

Stephen Coughlan
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710-3059
Mob: (0434) 442 261

Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064

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Toyota's facelifted LandCruiser Prado range has 11 variants, with the choice of two engines, two transmissions, four model grades and two seating capacities.

The engine choices for Prado are 4.0-litre dual VVT-i petrol and 3.0-litre turbocharged common-rail direct-injection diesel.

The turbo-diesel engine can be matched to a six-speed manual or five-speed sequential-shift automatic transmission; the petrol engine is offered with automatic transmission only.

There are eight turbo-diesel and three petrol variants.

The four equipment grades are: GX, GXL, VX and top-of-the-range Kakadu.

GX is offered as a turbo-diesel five-seat model, with the choice of manual or automatic transmission. It has the option of a third-row seat.

GXL, VX and Kakadu grades have seven seats.

Volume-selling GXL is offered with the choice of petrol or turbo-diesel engines, with either manual or automatic transmission available with the turbo-diesel variants.

VX and Kakadu are offered with the choice or petrol or turbo-diesel engines, both with automatic transmission.

Kakadu has Toyota's Pre-Crash Safety System and radar cruise control.

Prado is well-specified across the model range.

All Prado models have as standard equipment:

seven airbags
display audio and rear-view camera
Trailer Sway Control
emergency brake signal
whiplash injury lessening front seats
vehicle stability control
Active Traction Control (A-TRC)
ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA)
cruise control
smart entry and smart start
tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment
220-volt rear accessory socket
Bluetooth# hands-free mobile telephone capability
USB auxiliary input## and iPod^ control
audio and phone controls on the steering wheel
side mirror-mounted indicators
alloy wheels
conversation mirror
UV-cut glass, and
maxmimum 2500kg towing capacity*.

Equipment levels

Automatic Prado GX has the added features of Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC), while an option pack adds third-row seats and extends the side-curtain SRS airbags to the third row.

Prado GXL grade has the added features over GX of:

standard-fitment third-row seats and a third-row side curtain-shield airbag
climate-control three-zone air conditioning
rear parking sensors
alarm system
front fog lamps
roof rails
side steps
premium steering wheel
premium shift lever knob and handbrake lever
roller blind-type tonneau cover
sun visor extensions
privacy glass
two additional cup holders, and
heated and power-retractable exterior mirrors.

Prado VX grade has the additional features over GXL of:

improved electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) suspension
18-inch alloy wheels
automatic on/off LED headlamps and headlamp jet washers
rain-sensing intermittent wipers
leather-accented seats
heated front and second-row seats
power adjustment for the tilt and telescopic steering column
power-folding third-row seat
front parking sensors
17-speaker premium JBL audio with DAB+ radio**
touch-screen satellite navigation^^
time-delay auto-cut headlights
electro-chromatic interior mirror
illuminated entry system
illuminated step and step cover
chrome interior door handles
luggage utility rails, and
full-colour multi-information display with steering wheel switch.

Top-of-the-range Prado Kakadu grade adds:

Blind Spot Monitor
Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system
five-mode CRAWL control
four-camera Multi-Terrain Monitor
electronic rear differential lock
Toyota Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS)
height-adjustable and auto-levelling rear air suspension
Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) traction-control switch
refrigerated cool box
enhanced ornamentation, and
key-linked driver's seat and steering column two-position memory pack.

Kakadu also has Pre-Crash Safety System and radar cruise control, with steering wheel-mounted controls.

# The Bluetooth word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
## Not all devices will be compatible. Functionality varies depending on device.
^ iPod is a trademark of Apple, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.
*Towing capacity subject to regulatory requirements, towbar design, vehicle design and towing equipment limitations.
** Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.
^^ Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

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Australia is being recognised by Toyota Motor Corporation as a vital research and development centre for the company's off-road vehicles, according to the global chief engineer for the LandCruiser range.

Sadayoshi Koyari, visiting Australia for the launch of the latest LandCruiser Prado upgrade, praised the work of the local Toyota Technical Center, headquartered in Melbourne.

"Australia has strong engineering and development skills that are well utilised by the Toyota Technical Center," Mr Koyari said.

"Their expertise and deep understanding of the demands Australian customers place on their 4WD vehicles are valuable for improving our existing range and for developing even better vehicles for future generations," he said.

"Australia's rugged environment is also appreciated by Toyota - a harsh and diverse landscape that is particularly important when assessing durability, dust sealing, off-road capability and operation in high temperatures.

"This country has every conceivable off-road condition. Our motto in Japan is: 'If it can survive in Australia, it can survive anywhere'."

Mr Koyari, whose portfolio includes LandCruiser 70 and 200 series as well as Prado, said Toyota was committed to confirming the durability of Toyota's off-road vehicles every time an advance was introduced.

"The current 150 series LandCruiser Prado was tested for approximately 450,000km in Australia to confirm its durability and reliability before being launched around the world in 2009.

"For the latest upgrade, we conducted a wide range of on-road and off-road testing in varied conditions across Australia to ensure that the performance would exceed customer expectations.

"The main areas of focus for the local Technical Center were updated suspension settings for the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System and electronically controlled shock absorbers, improvements to the stability and traction control system, and new off-road controls."

Mr Koyari said Toyota's chief engineers listened to customers as much as possible with a view to reflecting their input during on-going development.

"An important part of this visit to Australia has been to gather feedback from senior members of LandCruiser clubs from all over Australia, and from owners of competitor vehicles.

"They have so much experience to contribute because they use their vehicles off-road every day as they go about their work and their family lives.

"It was great to drive with them over some rough terrain, listening to their advice on how Toyota can make the LandCruiser family even better."

Mr Koyari said high customer expectations and extremely varied ways of using vehicles made it very difficult to develop the modern Toyota SUV.

"Prado is often used as luxury family transport in the city, for off-road touring in places like the Simpson Desert, and it is also in demand by fleet companies on construction sites.

"With all these different uses, testing in the actual situations used by real customers is the only way to fully ensure that a vehicle is ready to launch," Mr Koyari said.

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Exterior design changes to LandCruiser Prado reinforce the Toyota 4x4's toughness, reliability and renowned off-road abilities.

The new Prado front-end treatment is the stand-out feature of the redesign, led by a deeper front bumper, heritage-inspired grille and new light clusters.

Toyota has introduced a more prominent grille that marks an evolution of the traditional arrangement of five parallel vertical bars, giving them a stronger appearance.

The prominent bars are embedded into the new, deeper front bumper, accentuating its rugged appearance.

The new grille and restyled headlamp clusters form a single, powerful-looking unit, which has been positioned higher to make it less vulnerable to damage during off-road driving.

Headlights and daylight running lamps are LED on VX and Kakadu.

A neat touch is the inclusion of discreet LandCruiser branding above the turn signal lamp and, in VX and Kakadu, a contrasting black and powder-coated aluminium internal finish for the lamp casing.

The oversize bumper's two-step design protects the headlights while its sharply trimmed lower section minimises the effect of the front overhang on the vehicle's off-road abilities.

There is no change to the turning circle (11.6 metres) or approach (32), departure (25, 24 on Kakadu) and ramp-over (22) angles, safeguarding Prado's excellent agility, manoeuvrability and off-road prowess.

Overall length (4930mm), wheelbase (2790mm), width (1885mm) and height (1845mm GX; 1890mm GXL and VX; 1880mm Kakadu) are retained, as well as front (895mm) and rear (1245mm) overhangs.

The vehicle profile is enhanced by newly designed 17-inch six-spoke alloy wheels for GX and GXL and 18-inch 12-spoke alloys for VX and Kakadu.

The revised rear end reinforces Prado's rugged, powerful design language.

Tail-light clusters have been redesigned with clear lens blocks inset with red accents. The LandCruiser logo is integrated within the lamp casing.

There are eight exterior colours, two of which are new - Dynamic Blue, a dark blue mica paint, and the mica metallic Liquid Bronze.

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Toyota has endowed the new LandCruiser Prado with a more refined and elegant interior that raises the overall tactile and perceived quality.

Prado's revised cabin also sets high standards for comfort, flexibility, convenience and state-of-the-art technology.

New switchgear and instruments have been combined with enhanced trims and ornamentation, new colour schemes and improved second and third-row seat designs.

The comprehensive interior upgrade is centred around a robust and functional dashboard that focuses on making the vehicle's drive systems easier to access and monitor.

Prado's revised geometric dashboard design features a strong horizontal form penetrated by a prominent vertical centre console.

Within the upper console, a new audio control panel has been located above the seven-inch full colour screen, which shows reverse camera images on all grades and satellite navigation* on VX and Kakadu.

The screen also displays multimedia and audio content, piped through six speakers in GX and GXL and 17 speakers in VX and Kakadu.

For the driver, a revised instrument binnacle incorporates new-look speedometer and tachometer dials, backlit on GX and GXL. These grades have an LCD multi-information display (MID).

New Optitron meters for VX and Kakadu have a more three-dimensional design with thinner white needles and blue illumination around the edges.

Located between the Optitron meters is a new colour 4.2-inch thin film transistor MID. It operates in conjunction with a switch on the steering wheel to support the driver with a comprehensive range of information.

Within the MID, enhanced off-road driving assistance is provided by the addition of a new angle gauge, traction control operation at each wheel and differential lock operation screens.

Cabin ambience is now more luxurious thanks to comprehensive upgrades of interior trims and ornamentation.

Finishes include silver-painted highlights and piano black for GX and GXL grades while VX and Kakadu also feature woodgrain-look touches and chrome-plated knobs.

Prado GXL and VX have a premium steering wheel and Kakadu has an additional woodgrain-look pattern.

GX joins other grades with audio and phone controls on the steering wheel hub.

Air-conditioning is manual in GX and the other grades have three-zone automatic climate control.

Below these controls in Kakadu a new switch panel offers comprehensive control of new Prado's off-road and on-road technologies.

Central to this panel is a new dial that offers simple, intuitive control of both the Multi-Terrain Select system and Crawl Control speed adjustment.

This dial and the adjacent 4WD and Adaptive Variable Suspension system switches feature knurling and illumination for maximum clarity and ease of use, even under extreme off-road driving conditions.

Access to the third row in seven-seat variants has been made easier by increasing the fold-forward angle of the second-row seat-back from 33.8 to 46 degrees.

Seat heating is extended to the outboard second-row seats in VX and Kakadu, offering independent operation with two temperature settings.

Seat upholstery has been upgraded with cloth in GX and GXL grades and double outer stitching in a contrasting colour on VX and Kakadu.

Kakadu's rear entertainment system, with its nine-inch roof-mounted monitor, now has a Blu-ray player with a built-in load slot. Auxiliary inputs allow content from video cameras and other equipment to be played through the system.

To prevent battery drain, an automatic interior "illumination off" function automatically switches off interior lights 20 minutes after the ignition has been turned off, even if the doors have been left open.

*Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

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Toyota has adopted a full colour display for the advanced multi-information display (MID) in LandCruiser Prado VX and Kakadu.

The 4.2-inch TFT (thin film transistor) colour MID - in the centre of the instrument cluster between the Optitron meters - is controlled by switches on the steering wheel.

The display includes a five-second opening animation when the ignition is turned on and new displays for vehicle pitch and roll (angle gauges), traction-control operation for each wheel, differential-lock operation and digital speedometer.

There are four display areas. The first two are odo/tripmeter display and shift position/air suspension display (on Kakadu).

The third display area includes outside air temperature/road ice display, compass, cruise control operation status and Multi-Terrain Select status.

The final display area (the largest in the TFT display) features newly adopted steering angle display, clearance sonar, door open/closed, digital speedometer, theoretical cruising range, average fuel economy since refuel, instantaneous fuel economy, total average fuel economy, eco drive indicator zone, total average vehicle speed, total drive time, angle gauge, traction control operation at each wheel, differential lock operation display, radar cruise control display and blind-spot monitor display (on Kakadu), and navigation arrow display.

In addition, VX and Kakadu owners can tailor many of the functions in their vehicle to their desired need at the touch of a button, using the multi-info switch and screen.

These include door unlock sequence (one or two touches), lights off timing and auto headlamps-on level.

LandCruiser Prado GX and GXL have an LCD MID. Trip information includes cruising range, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, fuel consumption after refuelling, average speed and total run time.

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Facelifted LandCruiser Prado has increased aerodynamic stability thanks to aero stabilising fins on the exterior mirror base and rear combination lamps.

The new aero stability fins are in addition to the comprehensive aerodynamic package adopted in 2009.

LandCruiser Prado has a co-efficient of drag (Cd) of 0.35.

Its aero package includes front and rear spats to smooth air flow around the tyres and wheel housings, and a rear undercover to channel air flow behind the rear tyres for a smooth exit behind the vehicle.

A rear spoiler smooths air flow from the roof.

A front deflector corrects air flow coming through the radiator grille, to reduce turbulence.

The front bumper is designed to push air flow away from the sides of the vehicle, to smooth the flow towards the rear.

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Toyota has adopted new seven-inch full-colour display screen audio systems for all grades in the new LandCruiser Prado.

The new systems incorporate Bluetooth* audio streaming as well as Advanced Audio Coding (the default audio format for a wide range of devices and platforms).

They also feature the Radio Data System protocol that transmits FM station identification and program information.

The front display now supports the 'flick', 'drag' and 'scroll' operations commonly used by tablets and smart phones.

Plugging a USB hub into the USB port allows two devices to be operated through the system#.

Prado GX and GXL audio plays through six speakers and the display screen also shows reverse camera images.

Prado VX and Kakadu have a premium JBL 17-speaker system with DAB+ digital radio^. The screen also displays satellite navigation## images on these grades.

Audio controls and telephone buttons are fitted to the steering wheel hubs in all grades.

Toyota has developed the new systems to accept advances in connected mobility to be introduced next year.

Kakadu's rear-seat entertainment system is now Blu-ray in lieu of the previous DVD system, with a separate load slot in the unit. The screen is nine-inch and the three headphones are wireless.

* The Bluetooth word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
# Not all devices will be compatible. Functionality varies depending on device.
^ Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.
## Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

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Toyota Australia's new bull bar for LandCruiser Prado combines form with function while demonstrating the engineering expertise found throughout the range of Toyota Genuine Accessories.

The Prado accessories range is made up of interior and exterior enhancements that allow owners to personalise their vehicle to best suit their lifestyle.

These include Toyota Genuine towbar and wiring harness, load distribution hitch, driving lights, a range of roof storage options, parking sensors, and protection for interior trim and carpets.

Like all Toyota Genuine Accessories, the new Prado bull bar is designed to work together with the body structure of the vehicle and its safety features to maximise occupant safety in the event of an accident.

Toyota Corporate Manager - Conversions and Accessories Stephen Castles said the new Prado bull bar is the product of the extensive research and development that goes into all Toyota Genuine products.

"We've ensured that the Prado bull bar works together with the vehicle, as a system," Mr Castles said.

"The design offers effective protection from animal impacts, but the main feature is that it has been engineered to allow correct airbag operation and crumple zone function - so the vehicle safety systems work as they are supposed to."

Mr Castles highlighted the importance of the 'crash box', which mounts the bull bar to the chassis on the Toyota Genuine bull bar.

"Some aftermarket bull bars do not have this feature and are mounted directly onto the chassis, which in some cases can lead to cracked chassis rails in the event of an impact.

"Worse than that is the effect they can have on the vehicle's safety systems in the event of an accident - as the airbags may not deploy at the optimum time, limiting their effectiveness.

"Another danger of some aftermarket bull bars is the way they alter the crumple characteristics of a vehicle in a crash, which can increase the amount of impact energy transferred through to the vehicle's occupants in a crash," he said.

The bull bar and all other Toyota Prado Genuine accessories can be viewed online with realistic backdrops by using the 360 Degree Lifestyle Configurator available at

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LandCruiser Prado has the choice of two proven engines - a four-litre V6 petrol engine with dual VVT-i and a three-litre turbo-diesel.

The quad-cam V6 petrol delivers 202kW of power at 5600rpm and 381Nm of torque at 4400rpm.

It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting.

Combined-cycle fuel economy is 11.5 litres per 100km and the CO2 reading is 271g per kilometre*.

Prado's 3.0-litre turbo-diesel can be matched to a six-speed manual transmission in GX and GXL grades, or the five-speed sequential automatic transmission in all grades.

Combined-cycle fuel economy is 8.5 litres/100km with automatic transmission and 8.8 litres/100km with manual transmission. CO2 readings are 225g/km and 232g/km respectively*.

Prado's A750F Super ECT automatic transmission has a gated sequential shift and optimum shift feel thanks to an electronically controlled hydraulic shift system.

Prado automatic can be driven in conventional automatic mode with the shift lever in 'D' or in manual style using the sequential shift function.

The automatic transmission has ratios of: first 3.520, second 2.042, third 1.400, fourth 1.000, fifth 0.716, and reverse 3.224:1. The final drive ratio is 3.727:1.

Prado's six-speed manual transmission has triple-cone synchromesh on first, second and third gears for smoother shifting and optimum durability.

The RA61F (4WD) manual transmission has ratios of: first 4.171, second 2.190, third 1.488, fourth 1.193, fifth 1.000, sixth 0.799, and reverse 3.607:1. Final-drive ratio is 3.909:1.

Both transmissions are matched to a full-time four-wheel drive system with a lockable Torsen centre differential and two-speed transfer case.

Transfer control

Prado has a dial to control the high/low transfer, rather than a conventional lever. The electric-powered transfer ratios are 1:1 (high) and 2.566:1 (low).

The centre Torsen differential lock is operated at the push of a button.

Prado Kakadu has a rear differential lock and CRAWL control - Toyota's low-speed off-road cruise-control system^.

* Fuel consumption and emissions will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02 combined cycle.
^ Crawl Control is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Areas into which the vehicle is driven must be visually monitored.

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The new LandCruiser Prado VX and Kakadu incorporate an improved version of Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) technology originally developed in Australia.

The refined KDSS optimises handling stability and ride comfort, including smoother front-rear weight transfer during cornering.

KDSS controls Prado's front and rear stabiliser bars, providing optimum stability and ride comfort on road, and longer wheel stroke for optimum traction off road.

KDSS debuted on LandCruiser 200 Series in 2007 and was upgraded with electronic control when the current-generation LandCruiser Prado was launched in 2009.

Prado Kakadu has the added features of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) front and rear, and height-adjustable rear air suspension.

Upgrades to Prado's KDSS include increased front-cylinder rod diameter and rear-cylinder piston diameter.

These changes have increased input force by optimising the performance of the front and rear cylinders.

Toyota has therefore optimised the front stabiliser bar diameter and thickness, front stabiliser bar bush inner diameter, front lower-arm stabiliser bracket thickness and the frame KDSS bracket thickness.

Toyota purchased the rights to develop and use KDSS from Kinetic Suspension Technology in Western Australia, and developed systems to suit LandCruiser and LandCruiser Prado.

KDSS gives Prado VX and Kakadu two previously contradictory benefits: long wheel articulation for challenging off-road driving and greater on-road roll-control and handling.

The system improves active safety, off-road capability and on-road driving comfort and confidence.

The addition of electronics, powered by its own electronic control unit (ECU), makes the KDSS system more sensitive to inputs on vehicle speed, steering angle, yaw rate, and longitudinal and lateral acceleration or deceleration.

At low speed, for example, the ECU ensures that stabiliser bar resistance is minimised - to provide optimal wheel articulation.

The KDSS ECU varies stabiliser bar resistance to suit the driving conditions - via hydraulic control cylinders front and rear.

Hydraulic lines connect the upper chamber of the front stabiliser bar control cylinder to the upper chamber of the rear stabiliser bar control cylinder. The two lower chambers are also connected.

The electronically controlled system adds a solenoid valve to the hydraulic lines.

At low vehicle speed the stabiliser-control solenoid valves are off, to open the oil passage between the front and rear control cylinders and maximise wheel articulation.

The two solenoid valves are controlled with the same timing and in the same direction.

When vehicle roll occurs at normal road speeds, the hydraulic pressure in the front and rear cylinders collide and the cylinders do not stroke.

This causes the stabiliser bars to twist - as they do in conventional suspension - to suppress further roll.

The action of the stabiliser bars ensures excellent turning performance and smooth steering feel.

If the wheel on one corner of the vehicle is raised, the front and rear cylinders stroke in opposite directions.

The effect is similar to loosening the stabiliser bars, allowing full suspension stroke.

KDSS therefore provides flat ride comfort on road, good stability and improved ground contact for the tyres off-road.

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Toyota LandCruiser Prado now has an additional layer of confidence and control for owners who use their vehicle for towing.

The Toyota trailer sway control system is available on all Prado variants and made its Australian debut on LandCruiser 200 in March this year.

Trailer sway control is enabled by, and integrated with, the existing vehicle stability control technologies to aid the driver in the event that a trailer starts to swing from side to side.

It is designed to suppress swaying that can be triggered by factors such as crosswinds, bumpy roads and sharp turns of the steering wheel.

It detects trailer sway based on information from the vehicle's yaw-rate sensor, acceleration sensor and steering sensor.

If sway is detected, the system uses deceleration control and yaw-moment control to suppress the effects.

A slip indicator in the instrument cluster warns the driver while the stop lamps illuminate to alert following drivers.

The system operates seamlessly and does not require the addition of hardware or any change to the trailer.

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Toyota has further refined LandCruiser Prado's driver-selectable Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) off-road traction control system.

Standard equipment on top-of-the-range Kakadu, the latest iteration has an additional mode - rock and dirt - giving a total of five settings.

The other four modes are: rock, mogul, loose rock, and mud and sand.

The system controls wheel spin and wheel lock-up to ensure optimum traction in tough off-road conditions such as extreme bumps, slippery conditions (low surfaces) and steep ascents.

Multi-Terrain Select is an evolution of Toyota's A-TRAC (active traction control system) and incorporates All-Terrain ABS, thereby offering a wider range of slip control.

The driver can select the appropriate mode according to terrain.

Multi-Terrain Select regulates wheel-spin, while Multi-Terrain ABS regulates lock-up to maximise traction in any off-road scenario.

It adjusts the amount of wheel spin in the following order (from least to most): mud and sand, loose rock, mogul, dirt and rock, and rock.

The five driver-selectable modes are available when driving in L4 range, using the MTS button and mode-select dial on the dashboard.

The same five-position dial is also used as the speed adjustment for Prado Kakadu's CRAWL Control system.

Toyota designed MTS to help drivers tackle challenging off-road conditions with optimum traction and confidence.

When it is operating, LandCruiser Prado Kakadu drivers have the additional support of Multi-Terrain Monitor*.

This wide-angle camera technology enables drivers to confirm the vehicle's position and clearance.

* Multi-Terrain Monitor does not provide a comprehensive view of the area surrounding the vehicle, it is a driver assist device only and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Areas into which the vehicle is driven must be visually monitored.

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Toyota has boosted LandCruiser Prado's active safety credentials by adopting a reversing camera on entry-level Prado GX.

Emergency brake signal and trailer sway control have been adopted on all models.

Top-of-the-range Kakadu now has Toyota's Blind Spot Monitor, in addition to Active Cruise Control and the Toyota Pre-Crash Safety System.

Prado has an impressive active safety package as standard equipment, beginning with its torque-sensing full-time four-wheel drive, wide track, all-coil suspension and variable-flow control power-assisted steering.

In addition, Prado has All-Terrain ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control and Active Traction Control (A-TRC)* as standard equipment.

A-TRC is designed to prevent the wheels from spinning when starting or when driving on all types of low-friction road surfaces, including mud and snow.

It provides high levels of grip, without the need to engage the centre differential lock in off-road driving.

All Prado automatic models have Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)* to prevent the vehicle rolling downhill when taking off on an incline (off-road or on-road), and Downhill Assist Control (DAC)* to maintain vehicle speed on steep off-road descents.

Prado VX has the added feature of electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), while Kakadu adds Adaptive Variable Suspension and rear air suspension to electronic KDSS.

Prado Kakadu has new five-setting Toyota CRAWL* (off-road low-speed cruise control) to control vehicle speed in extreme four-wheel driving conditions.

It also has Multi-Terrain Monitor and the new five-mode Multi-Terrain Select.

The Prado range has the additional safety features of a rear-view camera and steering-wheel audio controls.

VX and Kakadu have an electrochromatic auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror.

* Active Traction Control, Hill-start Assist Control, Downhill Assist Control and CRAWL are driver assist technologies and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Areas into which the vehicle is driven must be visually monitored.

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LandCruiser Prado has an impressive passive safety package, including seven SRS airbags and front-seat active head restraints on all models.

Top-of-the-range Kakadu has the added feature of Toyota's Pre-Collision Safety System*, which includes a millimetre-wavelength radar sensor in the radiator grille.

Frontal collision protection measures include multi-layer front-pillar reinforcements between the roof rail reinforcement and cowl for increased buckling strength, improved energy absorption and reduced body deformation.

Prado also has high-strength outer rocker reinforcements and an extensive side-collision impact protection strategy.

The front pillars and roof-rail reinforcements are pressed from high-tensile steel sheet, while the centre pillar and rocker are pressed from super-high tensile steel sheet for enhanced lateral strength.

The floor cross members, including a multiple load-path central beam, are positioned to distribute impact energy and limit cabin deformation.

Inside, Prado has head impact-absorbing structures for the inner materials of the pillar garnishes and roof trim.

The doors have foam-padded inner panels and a crushable armrest construction to help reduce pelvic and abdominal injuries in the event of a side impact.

Pedestrian protection measures include special attention to the design of the bonnet, front guards and cowl panel.

The bonnet has an energy-absorbing structure with crush points behind the hood striker reinforcement to ensure ample stroke and effectively absorb impacts.

Crush points are fitted on the fender brackets and the fender protectors have been designed to slip down in the event of a head impact.

The back of the cowl has an energy absorbing open cross-section and a stepped cowl louvre to increase its ability to absorb impact energy.

Prado's seven airbags are: driver's airbag, driver's knee airbag, front-passenger airbag, front-seat side airbags and side curtain-shield airbags.

The full-length side curtain-shield airbags are matched to the seating configuration of the various models.

They finish at the second-row seat in five-seat GX (and simplify the fitting of a full safety cargo barrier) and continue to the third-row seats in seven-seat variants.

* PCS is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Drivers should continue to monitor the road.

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Top-of-the-range LandCruiser Prado Kakadu gains the increased active safety of Toyota's Blind Spot Monitor*.

The system warns the driver if there is a vehicle in the 'blind spot' on either side, using millimetre-wave radars to detect other vehicles in adjacent lanes.

Toyota developed the technology to assist drivers in avoiding accidents associated with blind spots and lane changes.

The monitor informs the driver of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot by illuminating indicators in the relevant exterior mirror.

The mirror indicator will remain illuminated as long as the vehicle is detected.

It will flash when the turn signal is operated if another vehicle is in the blind spot.

In addition to the radar sensors on both sides of the car, the system utilises the steering angle sensor, vehicle speed sensor and main switch.

It can detect vehicles larger than an average 125cc motorcycle and positioned up to three metres behind the trailing edge of the vehicle.

The activation threshold speed is above 16km/h and the maximum detectable relative speed difference is 43km/h.

Typical scenarios are when another vehicle enters the detection area when overtaking or merging alongside the vehicle.

The system will not activate if the target vehicle is more than one lane away, travelling in the opposite direction or in the same lane, or if the target vehicle is stationary.

* Blind Spot Monitor is designed as a driver assist device only and should not be used as a substitute for skilled driving and/or safe parking practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.

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Petrol 1GR-FE
6 cylinders, 60-degree V formation
24-valve DOHC with dual VVT-i
Alloy block, alloy cross-flow heads
Bore x stroke
94.0 x 95.0mm
Fuel system
Electronic controlled sequential port fuel-injection
Max. output
202kW / 5600rpm
Max torque
381Nm / 4400rpm
Turbo-diesel 1KD-FTV
4 cylinders, in line
16-valve DOHC
Bore x stroke
96.0 x 103.0mm
Turbocharged with variable nozzle vanes
Fuel system
Common-rail high-pressure direct injection
Max output
127kW / 3400rpm
Max torque
410Nm / 1600-2800rpm
Driven wheels
Six-speed manual / five-speed automatic, electronically controlled with two modes, normal and second-gear start, lock-up torque converter
Six-speed manual
(diesel GX and GXL only)
1st - 4.171
2nd - 2.190
3rd - 1.488
4th - 1.193
5th - 1.000
6th - 0.799
Reverse - 3.607
Final - 3.909
Five-speed automatic
1st - 3.520
2nd - 2.042
3rd - 1.400
4th - 1.000
5th - 0.716
Reverse - 3.224
Final - 3.909 (diesel); 3.727 (petrol)
Constant four-wheel drive
Transfer case
Two-speed with lockable centre Torsen LSD
Transfer gear ratio (low)
Transfer gear ratio (high)
FUEL ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS* (ADR 81/02 combined cycle)
8.5 (auto) / 8.8 (man)
225 (auto) / 232 (man)
*Note: Fuel economy and emissions will vary with driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, options and accessories.
Variable-flow control, power-assisted, rack and pinion
Turning circle diameter (m)
Turns lock to lock
Length (mm)
4930 (with spare wheel on rear door)
Width (mm)
Height (mm)
Wheelbase (mm)
Front track (mm)
Rear track (mm)
Ground clearance (mm)
Approach angle (deg)
Departure angle (deg)
Ramp-over angle (deg)
Max wading depth (mm)
Drag co-efficient (Cd)
Independent with upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, gas dampers and ball-joint mounted stabiliser bar
Solid live axle, five-link system, upper and lower link trailing arms, Panhard rod, coil springs, gas dampers and ball-joint mounted stabiliser bar
VX, Kakadu
Electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System
Adaptive variable suspension and rear air suspension
Ventilated discs, 338 x 32mm, four-piston callipers
Ventilated discs, 312 x 18mm, single-piston floating callipers
Note: Kerb, tare & payload weights are nominal and will vary depending on options & tray/body type.
Max kerb weight (kg)
2240-2355 (petrol); 2205-2435 (diesel)
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)
2900 (petrol) / 2990 (diesel)
Seating (incl driver)
5 (7 as option)
Main fuel tank (litres)
Sub fuel tank (litres)
Towing - unbraked (kg)
Towing - trailer brakes (kg)
Note: Towing capacity - Subject to state regulations, towbar design and towing equipment.

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