First came the HiLux, then came the Fortuner. Now, it’s the Prado’s turn for a power boost.
Toyota has updated its popular off-roader with a more powerful 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine. Peak power is now 150kW and peak torque has been boosted to 500Nm, but fuel economy has actually improved compared to the current model.
As is becoming commonplace, the Prado range is offered with a generous helping of safety equipment from base level, and the existing spread of driver assists has been fine-tuned for 2021.
Inside, the existing 8.0-inch infotainment system has been replaced with a 9.0-inch unit featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
- 2020 Toyota Prado GX: $59,840
- 2020 Toyota Prado GXL: $66,540
- 2020 Toyota Prado VX: $76,380
- 2020 Toyota Prado Kakadu: $87,030
All prices exclude on-road costs.
Power in the Prado comes from the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine used in the HiLux and Fortuner, making the same 150kW and 500Nm.
The extra 20kW and 50Nm comes courtesy of a new ball-bearing turbocharger, better cooling, and changes to the cylinder block and head.
It’s mated with a six-speed automatic transmission and switchable four-wheel drive.
The Prado uses a claimed 7.9L/100km, and the Prado has a 150L fuel capacity as standard across two fuel tanks: an 87L main tank, and a 63L sub tank.
The flat tailgate version (without the boot-mounted spare tyre) only has the 87L main tank.
The Toyota LandCruiser Prado measures 4995mm long, 1890mm tall and 1885mm wide, with a 2790mm wheelbase.
Models with the optional flat tailgate are shorter at 4825mm.
The Prado’s kerb weight starts at 2230kg for the base five-seater and jumps to 2455kg for range-topping seven-seat versions.
The LandCruiser Prado has an ANCAP rating of five stars.
The updated model features Toyota SafetySense as standard from base, including autonomous emergency braking capable of detecting pedestrians and cyclists, an upgraded lane-keeping assist system, and a smarter road-sign assist system.
Adaptive cruise control and auto-beam are also standard as part of the SafetySense suite.
The Prado GX features the following standard features:
- 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and satellite navigation
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Heated mirrors with power folding
- Keyless entry and start
- Air conditioning
- 4.2-inch multi-information display
- Trailer sway control
- Seven airbags
- Reversing camera
- Lane departure warning
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic high beam
- Automatic wipers
- Hill-descent control
- Air-conditioned centre console
- Cargo blind
Third-row seating is an additional $2550 on the base Prado GX.
Moving up to the Prado GXL adds:
- Bi-LED headlights
- Privacy glass
- Leatherette steering wheel
- Three-zone climate control
- Rear parking sensors
- Rear differential lock
- Side steps
- Roof rails
An option package with leather-trimmed seats (ventilated, heated, and powered front, heated in the rear) costs $3470 on the GXL.
Step into the Prado VX and you gain:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Full-sized spare wheel
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror
- Front parking sensors
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Surround-view monitor
- Refrigerated cool box
- DAB+ digital radio
- 14-speaker JBL sound system
The range-topping Prado Kakadu also offers:
- Tilt and slide moon roof
- Faux wood steering wheel
- Paddle shifters
- Drive mode selector
- Four-link rear suspension with air springs
- Five-speed crawl control
- Adaptive variable suspension
- Multi-terrain select
- Rear-seat entertainment system
Warranty and Servicing
The 2020 Toyota Prado requires maintenance every six months or 10,000km – whichever comes first.
Each of the first six services (or each scheduled service in the first three years of maintenance) will cost $260.
As with the wider Toyota line-up, it’s backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Note: The pre-update interior is pictured here. We’ll update our coverage when Toyota Australia releases images of the new Prado.