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TOYOTA ANNOUNCES NEW ENTRY-LEVEL PRADO TURBO-DIESEL

The Toyota LandCruiser Prado line-up will now include a new standard-grade model, and other variants will feature additional standard equipment to further boost Prado's strong sales performance in 2007.

The new standard-grade Prado will be available as a turbo-diesel with the choice of manual or automatic transmission.

A premium steering wheel with audio controls is now standard across all five Prado grades, including the new standard-grade Prado.

Prado Standard with manual transmission has a recommended retail price of $44,600*, while the automatic variant has an RRP of $47,600*.

Two option packs are also available, the first one offering ABS anti-skid brakes, cruise control and a premium accented gearshift lever.

The second option pack for the manual transmission variant includes front side and curtain shield airbags, while the auto pack is made up of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), climate control air conditioning and an exterior chrome package.

Prado Grande is now equipped as standard with a rear view camera.

Prado's 3.0-litre common-rail DOHC four-cylinder intercooled and turbocharged direct-injection engine produces 32 per cent more power and 19.5 per cent more torque than the similar-capacity engine it replaced from the previous Prado in 2006.

Maximum power is 127kW at 3400rpm (up from 96kW at 3600rpm) while peak torque jumps to 410Nm at 1600-2800rpm (up from 343Nm at 2000rpm).

The Toyota A750F Super ECT five-speed automatic transmission has already proven itself in the LandCruiser 100 Series and Prado quad-cam V6 models, and the six-speed manual transmission in Prado V6.

The automatic transmission has a gated shift and improved shift feel thanks to Toyota's latest-generation precision hydraulic control system.

Toyota Prado is one of the fastest growing models in the Medium SUV segment with growth of 7.0 per cent for the eight months to August 2007, according automotive industry statistician VFACTS.

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*Recommended retail price, unless otherwise stated, excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges, and optional extras.



*Recommended retail price, unless otherwise stated, excludes dealer delivery, government and statutory charges, and optional extras.



 
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Toyota's new standard-grade LandCruiser Prado will be available as a turbo-diesel with the choice of manual or automatic transmission. (September 2007)