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Toyota slams down a bigger, pricier Prado with better safety and efficiency

23 Nov 2009

A NEW LandCruiser Prado has arrived with the promise of better efficiency, improved safety, a bigger and more versatile interior, better off-road features and, for the first time in Australia, a three-door model. The option of radar cruise control on high-end models and new off-road modes has made Prado a sophisticate among its peers like never before. The important new Prado will keep the Toyota faithful happy with its multitude of advancements, but the cross-shoppers will have to also consider the fact that Prado is now up to 200kg heavier, loses seating capacity and comes with a six to nine per cent price rise and, despite some improvements, a rapidly ageing diesel engine.

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Model release date: 1 November 2009 to 1 October 2013

Previous model

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 facelift, which brought a 127kW engine upgrade and a five-speed auto.

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