Toyota upgraded its premium SUV in 2014 with minor cosmetic tweaks and additional kit. Mechanicals powering the SUV were retained and it continues to draw power from the 3.0 litre D4D engine putting out robust power and torque. Tech including Toyota’s ‘Crawl Control’ system and Multi-Terrain Select on the SUV ensures smooth performance on rough terrains.The brawny SUV has a beefy front profile and commanding stance. Interior packed with advanced tech and comfortable space makes for an opulent cabin. Under the skin, it equips the high capacity 3.0 litre diesel engine mated to an automatic gearbox and a 4WD system which transmits power to front and rear wheels.
EXTERIOR AND STYLE ;
This vehicle being an SUV, is designed in a way to appear robust and is bestowed with massive dimensions. Its front fascia has a wide radiator grille that has vertical slats and chrome application over them. Over it there is a company’s logo. This grille has headlight cluster fitted on either sides which have swept back design to them. These are integrated with high intensity discharge based projector headlamps and also side turn indicators as well. The front bumper is in body color and also sports a large airdam for cooling of the engine. This airdam has a pair of fog lamps on either sides. Front windscreen is large and offers wider vision. This laminated glass is fitted with a set of intermittent wipers. Its side profile sports side steps that has aluminium finish to them. Along with side character lines, body colored door handles are also present. Apart from the outside rear view mirrors being in body tone, the window sills are painted in glossy black finish. The external mirrors are electrically foldable and have side turn indicators to them. Overall appeal is improved by having a set of stylish alloy wheels along with wheel arches. These rims are covered by tubeless radial tyres. Rear windshield has a defogger with a wash and wipe function. A high mounted stop lamp is fitted at the rear end. The rear bumper is in body tone that is fitted with a pair of reflectors. The taillight cluster has reverse lights and turn indicators. There is a huge trunk room lid with a chrome strip and the variant badge embedded over it. Its roof is fixed with a pair of rails.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT ;
We liked the overall build and quality of materials which make up the cabin, acres of premium cowhide and top quality veneer abound while the fine fitting front seats with massive degrees of adjustability is just right for a vehicle should you want to explore its potential across the board and you still want fine control and posture while storming up a sand dune or wading the deepest stream with water just below your arm pits.The Smart Entry and Push-Button Start System is another key detail (pun is unintended) which impresses. This is an electronic key which helps unlock the car when the driver is in range. To fire the 4.5-litre V8 the driver then only has to punch the large start button on the dashboard to get it throbbing to life.
The vehicles comes with three rows of seats but the rear ones are surely for use only in a cinch and that too for pygmy-sized adults or children. With the rear seats up and in place, there is very little space for luggage but the split tail gate is a nifty touch and very practical. The middle row seats are fully adjustable as well and there is ample leg and elbow room for all occupants, more than in many top end high fallutin’ premium saloons! The four-zone climate control system is magnificent and fit for a king and with ample glazing all around you can never ever feel claustrophobic in the cabin.
The Land Cruiser comes with an electronic sunroof, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers. A top notch stereo system is fitted and its performance and sound quality is top notch even thought he controls to activate it take some time and effort to unravel.The cabin features more air bags than in many a top end premium saloon – no less than fourteen in fact and with the front seats featuring the Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) technology, safety is pretty much catered to. Of course there is also the pre-crash safety system which optimizes the restraints for the front seat occupants when the vehicle senses it is getting out of control or when under sudden panic braking.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
It is integrated with a 3.0-litre, D-4D diesel motor, which also has an inter cooler turbocharger. It has a displacement capacity of 2982cc and has four cylinders that further have sixteen valves arranged in them, based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. It is skilfully mated with a five speed automatic transmission gear box and has an ability to produce 170.6bhp at 3400rpm and also is 410Nm at 1600 to 2800rpm. It runs based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system and is in compliant of BS IV norms.Its turbocharged diesel mill is based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system. It can deliver a mileage of 7 Kmpl under standard driving conditions within the city and about 11 Kmpl on highways.
Its 3.0-litre oil burner can produce a maximum power of 170.3bhp at 3400rpm and can churn out a peak torque output of 410Nm between 1600 to 2800rpm.Its front wheels are integrated with a set of ventilated discs while its rear wheels have a pair of standard drum brakes. This vehicle’s braking mechanism is enhanced by incorporating an anti lock braking system along with an electronic brake force distribution. An emergency brake assist system is also accompanied for added efficiency. When it comes to the suspension, it comprises of a double wishbone type of mechanism to its front axle and a four-link with air-spring to its rear axle. Further, it also has a kinetic dynamic suspension. An adaptive variable suspension with three modes namely comfort, normal and sports is present. Additionally, an electric power assisted steering system with tilt and telescopic adjustment is available. About 5.8 meters of turning radius is very advantageous.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
The LC Prado is built on a ladder frame chassis and uses an all wheel drive system which has a 40:60 power split ratio but once the lock differential is activated it changes to 50:50 power ratios. It has been fitted with a Double Wishbone at its front and 4-Link with Air Spring Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS ) which is equipped with an electrical accumulator that helps keep all the tyres on the ground while traveling over uneven terrain. It also has an Adaptive Variable Suspension (Comfort, Normal, Sport Modes) with Rear Air Suspension. This suspension system can withstand any kind of pot holes bumps and terrain.It even has a huge ground clearance so you can take your vehicle almost anywhere.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
Talking about the safety features, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is equipped with features such as 7-airbags, engine immobilizer, brake assistance, stability control, ABS (Anti lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake force distribution) and whiplash injury lessening headrests. Moreover, the SUV is also equipped with crawl control feature that assists the driver by controlling acceleration as well as braking on bumpy and poor terrains.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is definitely a symbol of opulence and is stunning on the road. It is huge and sports all the latest luxuries that one would desire in a SUV. It is arguable the most capable SUV on Indian soil.Toyota Land Cruiser Prado faces competition from cars like Porsche 911 and Audi Q7. The limited availability of Porsche 911 makes Toyota beat the completion easily. Audi Q7 is pretty fuel efficient for its capacity and is comfortable on long drives. As it has a lesser price than Toyota Land Cruiser Prado it is a more attractive option.
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Base Variant Ex-showroom Price is 90,77,033/- and On Road Price is 1,08,41,655/- in Chennai. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Base Variant comes in 7 colours, namely Silver Metallic,Black,Pearl White Crystall Shine,Flaxen Leather Interior,Grey Metallic,Dark Blue Metallic,Black Leather Interior.Exchange your car for Toyota Land Cruiser Prado