First Drive: The 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado The Wheel Deal

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Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

First Drive: The 2014 Land Cruiser Prado

December 13th, 2013 | By Falkiner

The Toyota Land Prado has just been for life in 2014. The Wheel flew to Namibia to put it through its

What is it?

Toyota has refreshed its Land Cruiser Prado a host of cosmetic and mechanical – like under the skin you’ll find an all-new system that is claimed to improve this machine’s and handling characteristics.

Known as Dynamic Suspension System in Toyota speak, it makes adjustments to both the front and stabiliser bars to better the demands of a specific terrain. ships standard on both TX and range-topping VX Prado derivatives, as a newly devised Trailer Control system.

Linked up to the control system, this safety feature reduces the of your trailer jack-knifing in under heavy braking or extreme driving conditions. the firm’s adaptive Multi Select system (fitted to VX only) now benefits from a driving mode that sets up the Prado to cope across rocks and dirt.

How does it look?

If you’re at all with this formidable off-roader then you’ll notice that it wears a purposeful face thanks to bold new grille and front design. The engineers also in a new set of headlights, which have mounted slightly higher time around so they’re susceptible to damage dished out by the elements.

While the TX model do with new six-spoke 17-inch the VX derivative scores slightly gangster 18-inchers distinguishable by jaunty 12-spoke design. models wear revised clusters as well as electrically and heated side mirrors with curious finned These, in conjunction with new front and rear wheel apparently make this Cruiser more aerodynamically during high-speed road

Now after all is said and done I’m not blown away by this exercise. I’m not saying that the new is ugly but then it certainly very aspirational either – when you park it next to like a Land Rover 4. Each to their own I suppose.

Like the exterior, the interior has received something of a makeover both variants coming slick black leather as standard fare. VX models distinguish themselves with door panels and the option of the seat colour palette black to ivory – not something I’d if you’re frequent off-roader. model also ups the gadget with satellite navigation and a TFT monitor mounted between the and tachometer. This can be used to all sorts of useful off-road regarding wheel traction, steering angle and differential operation.

Still, LX buyers feel that cheated all Prado variants come with USB connectivity, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth streaming as well as a seven-inch screen sunk into the top of the console. This not only you customise the multimedia system to liking but also relays the reverse camera is seeing backwards manoeuvring.

What is it to drive?

To show what their Prado is made of, Toyota us motoring scribes up to Walvis Namibia, for two days of intensive dune riding. And even I am certainly not the world’s most off-roader I found this Cruiser to be an incredibly competent of machinery. Ensconced behind the of a 3.0 VX Diesel for most of the trip, it the teeth out of all the obstacles our fearless threw at us.

From inching treacherous slip faces to the super soft sands of a lined with a suspicious of rotting seal carcasses, I felt anything but 100 percent in the Prado’s capabilities. Simply in VX trim at least, this comes loaded with all of off-road driving aids: and rear differential locks, a low-range transfer case, Control, Multi Terrain and Adaptive Variable Suspension. though the less expensive TX don’t come fitted the last three features are certainly not any less capable.

off the beaten track, I was also at how refined the Prado felt on the tar in between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. insulation is top notch and there’s very little wind or noise to spoil the overland experience. The torquey diesel proved to be something of a gem too, strong performance with miserly fuel consumption

Seriously, after two days of driving my car was sipping just 10l/100km. As such it would be my motor of choice. If you’re not a fan of then you could always opt to go the more powerful six-cylinder that gives you 82 extra Whichever you pick, both mated to a five-speed automatic that makes off-roading more of a pleasure – particularly to like myself.

Any special

Lots, actually. And one of the most is the fact that all Prado with exception of the bottom-of-the-range 4.0 TX now come equipped with a rear bench seat. As I’ve already alluded, VX are packed with considerably features. Unfortunately I don’t the space to detail all of them but the ones for me included the new Blind Monitoring and Multi-Terrain Monitor

The latter basically uses cameras (located at the front, and sides of the vehicle) to relay how your Prado is engaging the rough stuff around Again, this gives you a lot confidence when crawling challenging patches of terrain. all of these refreshed Land benefit from a third row of Fold them up and you’ve got for no less than seven

Should you buy one?

Refreshed and for 2014, the Toyota Land Prado is definitely a damn purchase. Look, it may not be quite as as the Land Rover Discovery 4 but it makes up for this by offering on and off-road performance. I would no qualms about taking it on into deepest, darkest

Also, because it’s a you can be sure that a dealership never be too far from your destination – good to know if you need a spare part or any mechanical gremlins whilst on the Pick either the TX or VX 3.0 diesel standard with a three-year/100 warranty and five-year/90 000km plan) and you really can’t go

The Facts: Toyota Land Prado

Engine: 3956cc V6 2982cc four-cylinder turbo

Power: 202kW at 5600rpm; at 3400rpm*

Torque: 381Nm at 400Nm at 1600rpm*

Top Speed: 175km/h*

0-100km/h: 10.9-seconds;

Fuel Consumption: 11.5l/100km;

CO2: 266g/km; 224g/km*

TX 4.0 V6 R632 200; TX 3.0 DT R642 000; VX 4.0 V6 R728 200; VX 3.0 DT R732 VX 4.0 V6 Sunroof R738 200; VX 3.0 DT R742 400

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