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06 December 2013

Launched: New Land Cruiser Prado

Refreshed baby Land Cruiser hits Indian shores...

Christopher Chaves
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Think hardcore luxury off-roaders and one SUV that will come to your mind is the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Off late, you don't get to see many of these Japs on our streets, but that doesn't stop Toyota from launching a refreshed version of the baby Land Cruiser.

Launched at a price tag of Rs 84.87 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the new Prado now sports a refreshed front grille, bumpers, funkier-looking head and tail lamps assemblies and some daytime running lamps. While the new Land Cruiser retains the 170bhp, 2982cc D4D engine from the previous model, the SUV is equipped with some fresh tech like the Crawl Control system – which, essentially is a system that allows the driver to focus more on steering the vehicle over tricky terrain, by removing the requirement for usage of the accelerator and brake pedals.

Another new addition is the Multi-Terrain Select system where the driver can toggle between driving modes that adapt the Prado to various terrain conditions on the go - like rock, rock and dirt, mogul, loose rock; and rock and sand. Apart from some ornamental changes to its centre console, the Prado now houses a new 7-inch display screen that doubles up as a Multi-Terrain monitor - which functions in conjunction with the terrain system, and a second row seat heater. A tyre pressure monitoring system is the latest addition to the Toyota’s safety feature list.

Toyota have stated that that there will be more luxury SUVs lined up in their yards than before, which in turn will shorten the waiting period for the vehicles. Bookings for the new Prado have already commenced. There are five colours for you to choose from – White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic and Black along with two interior colours (Flaxen and Black) which provides an option of a combination of dark exteriors and lighter interiors or vice versa.

Tags: toyota, land cruiser, prado



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