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NEW HEART FOR TOYOTA PRADO

(Click here to view 2015 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Press Kit)

** All-new turbo-diesel engine, revised petrol V6 - both Euro 5 compliant **
** Efficient new six-speed auto, plus updates to safety and convenience **
** Prado is Australia's best-selling large SUV **


Toyota has powered-up its market-leading LandCruiser Prado with higher levels of performance and driving enjoyment by introducing a new-generation turbo-diesel engine, improved petrol V6 and new six-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new high-torque 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine is 227cm3 smaller than the engine it replaces, yet it boosts output with up to 450Nm of torque while reducing fuel use and emissions1.

Prado's V6 petrol engine has been upgraded to produce a further 5kW of power while also lowering emissions. Both engines are Euro 5 compliant with the diesel now being fitted with a particulate filter.

The two engines can be driven through a newly developed efficient six-speed automatic transmission with the first adoption in a Toyota vehicle of technology that monitors acceleration and other driving conditions to determine the most effective use of high-speed gears.

Other transmission technologies designed for optimum performance and economy include artificial-intelligence shift control to enhance engine braking and acceleration response. A six-speed manual gearbox is available with the diesel engine on the first two grades, GX and GXL.

The updates for Prado also introduce satellite navigation2 to the volume-selling GXL variants while the range-topping Kakadu gains rear cross-traffic alert3, which is designed to warn of approaching traffic when reversing from a parking space.

Toyota's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said customers will appreciate the gains to performance, ease of driving, efficiency and cabin quietness in the luxurious yet rugged Prado SUV.

"More than ever, LandCruiser Prado is the 'real deal' for any adventure - tough and reliable for everything from regular family duties to long-distance travel over rugged terrain," Mr Cramb said.

"The latest improvements will enhance Prado's rock-solid reputation by expanding the on-road performance, driving pleasure, convenience and safety that are important to customers."

Prado has the distinction of being the first vehicle in Toyota's range to be powered by the company's latest turbo-diesel engine technology, which enhances smooth driving, brisk acceleration and cabin quietness.

The new turbo-diesel will also be offered with the eighth-generation HiLux and the new Fortuner SUV, both of which are due to arrive in local dealerships from October.

Designated 1GD-FTV, the common-rail diesel is the result of an intensive engineering focus on component design to ensure high combustion efficiency, minimal vibration and friction, and low weight.

Unique to the Prado version of this engine is a counter-balance shaft for added smoothness. A chain drive is used instead of a belt for greater reliability.

Maximum torque of 450Nm with the new six-speed auto represents a gain of 9.75 per cent over the previous diesel drivetrain with its five-speed shifter.

At the same time, fuel consumption and emissions have improved by around six per cent at just 8.0 litres/100km1 for the auto on the combined cycle.

Mating the new diesel engine to the proven six-speed manual transmission produces an even better 7.9 litres/100km1 - an improvement of 10.2 per cent.

The biggest fuel-economy gains with both transmissions will be noticed around town - 13 per cent for the manual and 8.5 per cent for the auto.

Prado's V6 petrol engine has also benefited from refinements that have extracted more power, peaking at 207kW, while lowering emissions by 1.8 per cent1 and achieving Euro 5 certification for the first time in Australia.

The 4.0-litre DOHC engine gains new injectors that improve the fuel flow and atomisation. Its exhaust system has been modified to improve gas flow and cylinder scavenging while the engine ECU has revised mapping.

The 1GR-FE engine with dual variable valve timing with intelligence - which controls phasing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimise torque and fuel efficiency - is paired with Prado's new six-speed automatic transmission.

Amid all the changes, Prado's line-up remains consistent: diesel-only GX is available with five or seven seats while seven-seat GXL, VX and Kakadu offer the choice of engines. The two higher grades are auto only.

The addition of satellite navigation to the popular GXL grade brings the convenience of this technology to the vast majority of Prado buyers. GXL - including the special-edition "Altitude" diesel based on this grade - accounts for more than three-quarters of all Prado sales. VX and Kakadu are already equipped with this feature.

The system adds a "navigate to destination" function for the GXL's Toyota Link4 connected mobility menu. It also brings three more speakers - a total of nine.

Prado's substantial updates arrive less than two years after the range was comprehensively freshened with bolder exterior styling, a more refined interior and even better handling.

Since the original Prado debuted in 1996, local sales have topped 237,000 to make it Australia's best-selling SUV over the past 19 years.

This year, Prado is again leading sales of large SUVs with 8,925 deliveries to the end of July, 829 ahead of stablemate Kluger in second place.

The updated Prado range starts at $52,9906 for the five-seat GX manual diesel. Automatic transmission adds $2,000 and diesel comes with a premium of just $1,000 over the equivalent petrol variant.

Price changes for the updated Prado range from less than 0.5 per cent to 2.6 per cent.

From January 1 this year, Toyota lopped between $2,730 and $7,630 from the recommended retail prices of the Prado range in advance of duty reductions flowing from the Australia-Japan free-trade agreement.

LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $220 per service7.

PRADO PRICES^^

TURBO-DIESEL PETROL
Manual Automatic Automatic
GX 5-seat $52,990 $54,990 -
GX 7-seat $55,490 $57,490 -
GXL $59,990 $61,990 $60,990
VX - $73,990 $72,990
Kakadu - $84,490 $83,490

Option: Premium paint $550

EQUIPMENT BY GRADE

Prado GX:
Five seats on GX (seven-seat option)
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)
Air-conditioning
Cruise control
Smart entry and smart start
Tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment
220-volt rear accessory socket
Bluetooth®8 hands-free mobile telephone capability
USB auxiliary input and iPod®9 control
Audio and phone controls on the steering wheel
Side mirror-mounted indicators
Alloy wheels
Conversation mirror
UV-cut glass
Maximum 2500kg towing capacity

Prado GX automatic:
Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
Downhill Assist Control (DAC)

Prado GXL (in addition to GX):
Seven seats standard (including third row coverage of curtain-shield airbag)
Satellite navigation2
Toyota Link with "navigate to" function
Nine speakers
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
Heated and power-retractable exterior mirrors

Prado VX (in addition to GXL):
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
DAB+ digital radio5
Time-delay auto-cut headlights
Electro-chromatic interior mirror
Illuminated entry system
Chrome interior door handles
Luggage utility rails
Full-colour multi-information display with steering wheel switch

Prado Kakadu (in addition to VX):
Rear cross traffic alert
Blind spot monitor
Pre-crash safety system
Radar cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system
Five-mode CRAWL control
Four-camera Multi-Terrain Monitor
Electronic rear differential lock
Toyota Adaptive Variable Suspension
Height-adjustable and auto-levelling rear air suspension
Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) traction-control switch
Moonroof
Refrigerated cool box
Enhanced ornamentation
Key-linked driver's seat and steering column two-position memory pack

SPECIFICATIONS
GX GXL VX Kakadu
ENGINES
Type Petrol 1GR-FE
Cylinders - 6 cylinders, 60-degree V formation
Valves - 24-valve DOHC with dual VVT-i
Construction - Alloy block, alloy cross-flow heads
Bore x stroke - 94.0 x 95.0mm
Displacement - 3956cm3
Compression - 10.4:1
Fuel system - Electronic controlled sequential port fuel-injection
Max output - 207kW / 5600rpm
Max torque - 381Nm / 4400rpm
Type Turbo-diesel 1GD-FTV
Cylinders 4 cylinders, in line
Valves 16-valve DOHC
Bore x stroke 92.0 x 103.6mm
Displacement 2755cm3
Induction Variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Compression 15.6:1
Fuel system Common-rail high-pressure direct injection
Max output 130kW / 3400rpm
Max torque 420Nm (man) / 1400-2600rpm, 450Nm (auto) / 1600-2400rpm
DRIVETRAIN
Driven wheels 4WD
Transmissions
Type Six-speed manual
Code RA61F
Ratios 1st - 4.171
2nd - 2.190
3rd - 1.488
4th - 1.193
5th - 1.000
6th - 0.799
Reverse - 3.607
Final - 3.727
Type Six-speed automatic
Code AC60F
Ratios 1st - 3.600
2nd - 2.090
3rd - 1.488
4th - 1.000
5th - 0.687
6th - 0.580
Reverse - 3.732
Final - 3.909
4WD SYSTEM
Type Constant four-wheel drive
Transfer case Two-speed with lockable centre Torsen LSD
Transfer gear ratio (low) 2.566:1
Transfer gear ratio (high) 1.000:1
FUEL ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS1 (ADR 81/02 combined cycle)
Diesel - litres/100km
Combined 7.9 (man) / 8.0 (auto)
Urban 9.3 (man) / 9.7 (auto)
Extra-urban 7.1 (man) / 7.0 (auto)
g/km 208 (man) / 211 (auto)
Petrol - litres/100km (auto only)
Combined 11.6
Urban 15.5
Extra-urban 9.4
g/km 266
STEERING
Type Variable-flow control, power-assisted, rack and pinion
Turning circle diameter (m) 11.6
Turns lock to lock 3.0
DIMENSIONS
Length (mm) 4930 (with spare wheel on rear door)
Width (mm) 1885
Height (mm) 1845 1890 1880
Wheelbase (mm) 2790
Front track (mm) 1585
Rear track (mm) 1585
Ground clearance (mm) 220
Approach angle (deg) 32.0
Departure angle (deg) 25.0 24.0
Ramp-over angle (deg) 22.0
Max wading depth (mm) 700
Drag co-efficient (Cd) 0.35
SUSPENSION
Front Independent with upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, gas dampers and ball-joint mounted stabiliser bar
Rear 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
Kakadu Adaptive variable suspension and rear air suspension
BRAKES
Front Ventilated discs, 338 x 32mm, four-piston callipers
Rear Ventilated discs, 312 x 18mm, single-piston floating callipers
WEIGHTS AND CAPACITIES
Note: Kerb, tare & payload weights are nominal and will vary depending on options & tray/body type.
Max kerb weight (kg) 2290-2355 (petrol); 2150-2435 (diesel)
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 2900 (petrol) / 2990 (diesel)
Seating (incl driver) Five (7 as option) 7
Main fuel tank (litres) 87
Sub fuel tank (litres) 63
Towing - unbraked (kg) 750
Towing - braked (kg) 2,500
Note: Towing capacity - Subject to state regulations, towbar design and towing equipment.


1 Fuel consumption and emissions vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data ADR81/02 combined.
2 Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
3 Rear cross traffic alert is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver should continue to monitor the road
4 Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at www.toyota.com.au/toyotalink.
5 Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.
6 Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
7 Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000kms (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 6 services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
8 The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
9 iPod® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.



For more information, please contact:
Stephen Coughlan
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710-3059
Mob: (0434) 442 261
stephen.coughlan@toyota.com.au


Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064
mike.breen@toyota.com.au



 
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