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A blend of genuine off-road ability and luxurious family wagon practicality

1 Oct 2010

THE Toyota Prado is a rusted-on nameplate in the SUV market, and with this latest generation 150 series introduced last year, Toyota prised off the old Grande badge and tacked on a new name for its luxury Prado, calling it the Kakadu. With all the electronic wizardry to improve its dynamics and off-road ability – which appears to be the core element of change over the prior generation – it could be argued that the model that shows the 150 series in its best light is the Kakadu. Yet will the fancy gizmos to permit flatter cornering and to allow the Kakadu crawl over rocks be enough to dazzle buyers?
Model release date: 1 November 2009 to 1 October 2013

Previous model

LandCruiser Prado 120 Series

Released: March 2003
Ended: October 2009
Family Tree: LandCruiser Prado

THE second-generation LandCruiser Prado, the 120 Series, introduced a level of sophistication missing in the previous model with improved safety, body rigidity, off-road ability and a 183kW 4.0-litre V6 teamed to a new six-speed manual or five-speed auto. The 92kW turbo-diesel model continued as before until a December 2006 upgrade, when it was improved to produce 127kW and swapped its four-speed auto for a five-speed unit.

Get the full story: Toyota fits a modern turbo-diesel and a five-speed auto to its trusty Prado for 2007

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