This is the 2018 Toyota Prado

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 by

Toyota showed up at the with a global premiere of the facelifted

2018 toyota prado

The big news for Japanese manufacture Toyota over at this week’s Frankfurt motor show was the announcement of a new, sportier line of upcoming hybrid models in the plans.

As far as we are concerned however, the real star on Toyota’s stand was the 2018 Prado that made its world premiere a the show before sales start in select markets from November.

The facelifted 2018 Prado includes styling changes inspired by the latest Land Cruiser, with new headlights and grille designs, new bumpers, slightly more aggressive wheel fenders and a more chiseled bonnet, which besides looking good is supposed to enhance downward visibility. Good for off-roading, that.

2018 toyota prado

Also good for off-roading is the centre section of the reprofiled front bumper which has been shaped like a skid plate. However, the 2018 design touches mean the car’s overall length has been increased by 60mm, affording a ground clearance of 215mm and key stats like a 31 degree approach angle, 25 degree departure and 22 degree breakover angles. That actually gives the latest Prado a slightly worse approach angle than the outgoing model, so watch that shiny new bumper.

Apart from all that Toyota is also enhancing the choice of colours with two new hues, Avant-Garde Bronze and this Midnight Emerald Blue pictured. Customers will also be able to choose from 17-inch to 19-inch wheels.

2018 toyota prado

The focus for the interior was on higher quality materials and a redesigned dashboard and driver’s instrument binnacle, with repositioned switchgear. To improve outward visibility the dash top was lowered, while incorporating a new, larger 8.0-inch display. The steering wheel itself is also new, coming straight out of the Land Cruiser, and you’ll get the option of three colour schemes, trim finishes, and newly added light or dark brown wood grain.

Engine choices remain the same, so you can have either a 2.7-litre four-cylinder or a 4.0-litre V6, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

2018 toyota prado

Rather than updating the powertrains Toyota prioritised safety in the 2018 Prado, making available optional kit such as camera and radar based detection and avoidance systems, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure alert.

In the UAE the 2017 Prado currently starts from AED124,500 so we don’t expect pricing to change drastically when the 2018 model arrives.

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