Toyota has given the 150-Series Land Cruiser Prado a cosmetic makeover, while increasing its overall length by a mere 20mm. The news comes right after Lexus has unveiled the new-look GX with the spindle grille. The GX, as you know, is significantly based on the Prado.
Without having to point it out to you, you will instantly note that the main focus of the facelift is, um, the face.
"The look of the new Land Cruiser Prado combines a high-positioned face, an integrated headlamp and radiator grille structure, and a vertical, two-step construction to reinforce the Toyota 4x4 toughness, reliability and outstanding off-road performance," said Toyota in its press statement. "The newly designed radiator grille and rectilinear headlamp clusters have been integrated into a single, more powerful-looking structure, which has been positioned higher to offer increased component protection during off-road driving. A further evolution of the classic Land Cruiser grille, the thick metallic plated structure of the new grille features five powerfully projecting vertical bars that sink directly into the front bumper, giving the perception of a larger grille and a thicker front bumper to accentuate the new model's rugged appearance."
Speaking of these five in-your-face bars, they are available in three different finishes: black, metallic plating, or a combination of metallic plating and silver paint.
While the engine choices remain the same, several upgrades have been done on this revised Land Cruiser Prado, including a consolidated center-console switch panel that gives drivers more intuitive control of the vehicle's off-road systems. There's also a new 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information screen that provides "significantly enhanced off-road driving assistance with the addition of new angle gauge, traction control operation at each wheel, and differential lock operation screens."
Underneath the vehicle, revisions to both the standard suspension and the electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System are said to have improved on-road handling stability and ride comfort.
No word yet on how soon this exterior redesign of the Land Cruiser Prado will reach our market. In the meantime, you can praise or criticize the bold new face all you want.