The new 2014 Toyota Prado is on the market. Toyota Australia has taken its most current Prado 4WD back to where all of it started, the Snowy Mountains, for the launch of a mid-life upgrade of this top-selling model. Toyota LandCruiser made its name during the building of the Snowy Mountains System in the late 1950s and the most recent Prado went back to several of the hill tracks created throughout the building of the big hydro-electric task.
There are not only substantial modifications to the exterior and interior of the Prado, yet also improvements to seating accessibility, managing, suspension and 4WD systems. As part of the revamp, Toyota has gone down the three-door Prado which took care of sales of around just ten a month with purchasers clearly choosing the usefulness of five doors.
Toyota acknowledged the limits of access to the 3rd row of seats and in the new model has actually raised the ahead folding angle of the 2nd row seats by more than 12 per cent which has actually produced a less complicated access and exit for the 3rd row residents.
RANGE AND FEATURES
Prado now has 4 designs: GX, a five-seater with optional 7 seats, the seven-seat GXL and VX, and high of the assortment Kakadu. Traditionally GX is preferred by fleet buyers such as Australia’s mining market. The quantity vendor in the range is the GXL which has a strong adhering to with exclusive purchasers and accounts for around 70 per cent of Prado sales. VX and Kakadu appeal to high-end customers and are pointed out accordingly.
The 2014 Toyota Prado Prices start from $55,990 for the GX rising to $91,590 for Kakadu. The Prado GX and GXL are definitely various automobiles from the VX and Kakadu with different suspensions and 4WD systems.
Prado VX and Kakadu acquire LED fronts lights and daytime running lights. The tail illumination collections have likewise been re-designed. The 2014 Toyota Prado GX and GXL designs obtain 17-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels while VX and Kakadu get 18-inch 12-spoke alloys. The lugging rate stays at 2500 kg, which lots of mention is Prado’s powerlessness– although that’s not reflected in sales figures.
ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
Engines remain the same with the 202 kW 4.0-litre petrol, and 127 kW/410 Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel. The Prado GX and GXL come common with a six-speed manual transmission and offer an optional five-speed sequential car. Prado VX and Kakadu come common with the automatic transmission. Fuel intake is officially ranked at 8.5 litres each 100 km from the diesel and 11.5 L/100 km from the gas.
The most recent Toyota Prado has a bolder front, courtesy of a five-bar grille atop an extra-large bumper. The grille attracts attention considering that the fitting has no base with the five bars installed on the leading of the bumper. The grille and restyled headlamp collections sit higher on the automobile and are additionally from harms means when off-road.
There is no change to the vital statistics of dimension or the off-road handling with the turning circle remaining at 11.6 metres while the technique, departure and ramp over angles are likewise unblemished.
Prado has actually a changed interior with the facility stacker having a new audio panel over the 7-inch full color screen that shows the altering electronic camera photos. There’s satellite navigation on VX and Kakadu. Prado GX gets hands-on cooling while the others have dual-zone a/c.
Australia’s grey-nomad community will certainly be pleased with the addition of trailer sway control. This steps in to assist the vehicle driver if a towed automobile such as a caravan ends up being unsettled by crosswinds, sharp change of direction or rugged roadways.
The 2014 Toyota Prado has seven airbags, security and grip control, an emergency brake signal that instantly blinks the stop lights to warn other motorists and a rear view camera.
While the previous model Kakadu had a system that offered off-road settings of rock, mogul, loosened rock and mud and sand, the system now has a 5th setup – rock and dirt. This provides even more footing control on slippery stones when ascending hillsides. This system functions simply in low variety and the driver simply switches over between modes with the picked mode being shown in the tool collection on a new 4.2-inch colour details show between the speedo and tachometer.
The 2014 Toyota Prado Kakadu has a forward looking large angle electronic camera lens with photos revealing on the 7-inch screen that offers a front-of-bonnet sight of just what’s in advance. This works when covering ridges where the motorist is not able to view where the roadway leads, or what form of drop-off is faced.
VX and Kakadu versions make use of a different Australian-developed suspension system than GX and GXL. Toyota bought the rights to utilize the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System from a Western Australia firm.
This new model has a boosted version of the technology which profits handling stability and flight comfort with smoother front-rear weight relocate throughout collaring. The system allows the stabiliser bars to release for off-road work giving longer wheel articulation and then tightens the bars for smoother turning on-road.
Although the Prado GX and GXL have various suspension established to VX and Kakadu the differences are just marked when at the extremes: in difficult off-road disorders and collaring on-road. In ‘regular’ driving both devices deal well with the hefty weight of Prado– the lightest variation is 2205 kg while Kakadu tips the scales at 2435 kg.
Unfortunately due to inclement conditions during our examination drive we were incapable to really test the off-road wheel travel of the Kakadu, to ensure that will need to wait until we have Kakadu for a week-long examination.
On roadway however, the Kakadu is smoother around the bends compared to the GXL and appears to sit flatter. We additionally like the front placed wide-angle camera for off-road job, although it does take some obtaining used to for anybody useded to seeing the roadway ahead in the normal means. It seems to us to be an useful tool for those who do endeavor well off the beaten track.
2014 Toyota Prado DESIGNS AND Prices
GX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel five-seat 4WD: from $55,990 (handbook), $58,690 (automatic).
GX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel seven-seat 4WD: from $58,490 (guidebook), $61,190 (automatic).
GXL 3.0-litre turbo-diesel seven-seat 4WD: from $61,490 (guidebook), $64,190 (automated).
GXL 4.0-litre gasoline seven-seat 4WD: from $63,190 (automatic).
VX 4.0-litre petrol seven-seat 4WD: from $77,990 (automated).
VX 3.0-litre turbo-diesel seven-seat 4WD: from $78,990 (automatic).
Kakadu 4.0-litre fuel seven-seat 4WD: from $91,590 (automatic).
Kakadu 3.0-litre turbo-diesel seven-seat 4WD: from $92,590 (automated).
2014 Toyota Prado
2014 Toyota Prado Engines: 4.0-litre V6 (200kW and 380Nm), 3.0-litre turbo diesel (127kW and 410Nm).
2014 Toyota Prado Transmission: 6-speed hand-operated or 5-speed automobile, 4WD.
2014 Toyota Prado Thirst: 11.5 L/100km (gasoline), 8.5 L/100km (diesel).
2014 Toyota Prado Emissions: 271g/km (gasoline), 225g/km (diesel).
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