The present generation Land Cruiser Prado, on sale with minor facelifts since 2009 is long due for a facelift. Now Chinese automotive blog, Auto Home has revealed photos of completely un-camouflaged prototypes of the new facelift version of the Prado in both top and base specs.
The face receives a lot of changes. The grille is bigger and now receives thicker vertical slats. The headlights lose the upswept design with the tear-shaped extensions and are now more mature horizontal units complete with projector lamps and LED DRLs.
The bumpers have been redesigned to incorporate sharper and beefier cuts. The hood features a more defined power bulge in the centre and the overall front look feels more upright, increasing the macho appeal of the Prado.
The rear gets new 3D tail lamps with LED C-motifs and smoked detailing. Buyers will also have the option of a rear-mounted spare wheel. The variants with the spare wheel on the rear door feature a gloss black cladding for the number plate cut-out with an angular design for the spare tire cover.
Inside, the SUV gets a new chunky multi-function four-spoke steering and a evolutionary centre console. The climate control system and the audio controls appear to have been redesigned. A larger, more sophisticated touchscreen is likely to replace the small unit earlier. The Prado also gets the burgundy-black dual-tone theme that we have already seen on the Indian spec Fortuner.
Two other spy-shots revealed the front fascia of lower spec trims of the new Prado. While the intermediate variant loses the sharp projector headlamps for more conventional halogens, the lower spec even misses out on the fog lamps, chrome grille and body coloured wing-mirrors. The Indian market, however, is likely to receive only the top-end variant in keeping with the premium positioning of the Prado.
Expected safety features include the new Toyota Safety Sense P package which includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Lane Departure Control with Steering Assist and Pedestrian Detection.
The present edition of the Prado is offered with different engine options around the globe. The engine options include three petrol units – 2.7 Litres, a 3.5 Litres V6 and a 4.0 Litre V6. The diesel options include three four-cylinder options – one 2.8 Litre unit and two 3.0 Litre variants.