Toyota Announces All-New LandCruiser Prado for Australia in Mid-2024

Jacob Brooke
February 13, 2024
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Australia is poised to welcome the latest iteration of Toyota's large SUV, the all-new LandCruiser Prado, by mid-2024. Toyota's announcement highlighted the introduction of a five-variant lineup that integrates 48-volt technology throughout and debuts an Altitude variant designed for enhanced off-road performance and rugged styling. This update promises significant advancements in drivability, technology, and design, keeping the LandCruiser Prado aligned with the demands of both families and adventure-seekers.

Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia's Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Franchise Operations, emphasized the longstanding popularity of the Prado among Australians for its dual capability as a family and off-road vehicle. The new-generation Prado aims to continue this legacy with added technological enhancements and the introduction of the Altitude grade, increasing its appeal.

The upcoming LandCruiser Prado range will include the current GX, GXL, VX, and Kakadu grades, alongside the new Altitude variant, each offering a unique combination of features. Starting with the GX grade, customers can expect 18-inch dark grey alloy wheels, LED lighting, and a suite of interior amenities including a 7.0-inch colour MID display and a 12.3-inch multimedia system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Enhanced safety features across the Prado range include Toyota Safety Sense technologies, adaptive cruise control, and a comprehensive array of driving assistance technologies. Upgrades in higher grades such as the GXL, VX, and the luxurious Kakadu add luxury and convenience features including leather-accented seats, advanced multimedia systems, and adaptive variable suspension for improved off-road performance.

The Altitude variant distinguishes itself with exclusive off-road features such as 18-inch matte grey alloy wheels with all-terrain tires, a rear locking differential, and a stabiliser disconnect mechanism for improved wheel articulation. Its rugged exterior and interior enhancements cater to the most adventurous off-roaders.

All variants of the Prado are powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine equipped with 48-volt technology, coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel drive. The model also promises a robust towing capacity and a range of eight exterior paint colors, including two exclusive to the Altitude variant.

Toyota will release further details on pricing and specifications closer to the launch date. The all-new LandCruiser Prado is set to redefine the large SUV segment with its blend of performance, technology, and style.

Model Grades and Key Features

GX Grade:

  • 18-inch dark grey alloy wheels.
  • Upper grille with ‘TOYOTA’ lettering, LED headlights and daytime running lights.
  • Retractable body-coloured exterior mirrors.
  • Darkened front and rear bumpers, side sills, and wheelarches.
  • Manual tailgate with glass hatch.
  • Interior features fabric seats, a 7.0-inch colour MID display, automatic dual-zone climate control.
  • All-weather rubber floor mats, 220V power outlet in the rear.
  • Multimedia: 12.3-inch system with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation with cloud function, DAB+ digital radio, Toyota Connected Services, 10-speaker audio system.
  • Toyota Safety Sense, vehicle stability control with active traction, downhill assist control, crawl control.

GXL Grade (adds to GX):

  • Roof rails, rear privacy glass, silver front and rear bumper trim, powered tailgate.
  • Third-row seats for seven-seat capacity, synthetic leather-accented upholstery.
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
  • Leather-accented steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror.
  • Rear climate control, wireless charging pad, two additional USB-C charging ports.

VX Grade (adds to GXL):

  • 20-inch premium dark metallic alloy wheels.
  • Body-coloured bumpers, over-fender moulding, rear guard trim.
  • Bi-LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling and adaptive high-beam.
  • Leather-accented seats, power lumbar support and memory for driver, power-adjustable steering wheel.
  • Refrigerated console box, tyre pressure monitor.
  • 12.3-inch colour MID display, 14-speaker JBL audio system.
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), Drive Mode Select, Multi-Terrain Select, Multi-Terrain Monitor system.

Altitude Grade (exclusive features):

  • 18-inch matte grey alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres.
  • Rear locking differential, stabiliser disconnect mechanism for increased wheel articulation.
  • Black door handles, tailgate garnish, over-fender moulding.
  • Moon roof, option of two-tone colourways.
  • Digital rearview mirror, heated steering wheel, head-up display.
  • Five-seat configuration only.

Kakadu Grade (top-tier, adds to VX):

  • Panoramic moon roof, illuminated side steps.
  • Heated and ventilated rear seats, adjustable driver’s seat thigh support.
  • Rear torque-sensing limited-slip differential.

Key Changes Across the Range

  • Introduction of 48-volt technology across all models.
  • New off-road focussed Altitude variant.
  • Enhanced safety features including Toyota Safety Sense across the range.
  • Improved multimedia and connectivity options.
  • Updated interior and exterior design elements.

Specifications (Common to All Grades)

  • Engine: 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder.
  • Power Output: 150kW, 500Nm.
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic.
  • Drivetrain: Full-time all-wheel drive with lockable torque-sensing Torsen® centre differential and low-range gearing.
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500kg braked towing capacity across the range.

Exterior Paint Colors

  • Eight options including new Altitude-exclusive Tanami Taupe and Ningaloo Blue, with an option for a white roof on certain colours.

Pricing and Full Specification

  • Detailed pricing and full specifications will be announced closer to the vehicle's arrival in mid-2024.

Jacob Brooke
Jacob Brooke, a respected voice in the world of automotive journalism, brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to his reviews at CarSauce. His keen eye for detail and passion for all things cars shine through in his in-depth analysis and honest evaluations of the latest models of cars. Join him as he guides readers through the car-buying process and explores the exciting world of motoring.

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