The Land Cruiser is among the top-selling Toyota models and it is a perennial favorite with off-roading lovers. The newest model 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a midsized variant of the reliable off-roader SUV which is offered in selected markets. It is not sold in North America and Canada.
However, it is a major seller in Australia and some European countries. For 2019, it has been revamped with enough styling enhancements and updated amenities.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Redesign
The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado comes with some prominent design styling changes. The new vehicle looks stylish yet rugged. You will notice the sculpted bonnet, new fenders and enhanced grille with vertical slats. New sleek headlamps add to the aggressive styling of the exterior. Even the tail lamps have been also revised. The cabin also gets its share of revamping. However, it gets a new dashboard and better seat upholstery. The model comes with 4 trims- base GX, GXL, VX and top end Kakadu.
However, the GX trim gets 17″ alloy wheels, Reversing Camera, Smart entry, Toyota Safety Sense+ system, Satellite Navigation. The GXL trim gets Privacy glass, 3-zone climate control, Roof rails, Bi-LED headlamps, Privacy glass. In VX trim, there are features like 18″ alloy wheels, Heated seating, Leather accented seats, Blind Spot Monitor. Top end Kakadu trim gets seven seats, Leather seats, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Crawl control, Multi-Terrain Select system and also rear seat entertainment setup.
The new model comes with average performing infotainment system. The color touchscreen display is sleek looking but its response is far from instant and voice recognition does not work smoothly.
The entire Toyota Land Cruiser Prado gets enhanced safety features for 2019, which gives it some edge over category rivals. Now, the GX and GXL trim also get features like automated emergency braking which was earlier reserved for the top trim by default. The pre-collision safety system can now detect the presence of pedestrians and vehicles better and it functions through radar placed inside front grille of the car. All trims get Adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-departure alert. Missing is, however, a lane keep assist system.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Engine and Transmission
Toyota has bid adieu to the petrol V6 engine for the 2019 LC Prado lineup. The reason is low demand from the customers. Now, the buyers get the turbo-diesel four-cylinder unit under the hood. GX and GCL trim come with a six-speed manual gearbox. However, the top 2 trims come with 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The good thing is the vehicle has dual fuel tanks with 150-liter storage capacity and so buyers can plan long trips without worry. You get 5 drive modes including Eco, Sport Plus and Comfort. The Comfort mode works well on highways.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Price and Availability
The expected release date of the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is in November 2018. The price is still unknown. But we expect to be similar to current one model.
Summing it up
The upcoming 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a nice midsized off-road centric SUV that also gets good styling and technological updates. It will compete with rivals like Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Holden Trailblazer.