Refreshed Toyota LC Prado revealed
More power, more kit and a fair helping of make-up breathes life into Toyota's tried-and-tested machine
The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has always been a noble-looking thing. It isn't striking enough to catch your attention by the scruff of its neck, but it goes about its job with the air of a seasoned hiker. It is a vehicle fit for a purpose. Toyota however, thinks it could do with a mid-life refresh, and has given it one for 2014.
The face of the Prado has been altered - the thick bars of chrome that stem from the chunky new front bumper come together to form a massive, chrome-encapsulated radiator grille, which merges into the new front headlamps (which also sport LED DRLs now, by the way). The front fog lamp housings have been reshaped too. We're not so sure if it makes the Prado look any better, but that restructured nose should make for an imposing sight in your rear-view mirror, if nothing else.
Round the back, the changes are more subtle. The tail-lamps now house clear lens blocks, and there's a big fat bar of chrome running above the license plate housing. You have the option of 17" or 18" alloy wheels, and that rounds off the list of exterior changes for 2014.
Inside, there's welcome additions in the form of a revised instrument cluster that is home to a new 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display, a new 7-inch touchscreen display that sits bang in the middle of the dashboard, and a new rotary switch that replaces the bucketload of buttons that were present on the outgoing version, assigned the duty of handling Toyota's Multi-terrain Select system and Crawl Control speed adjustment. The second row seats have been tweaked for easier entry to the last row, and there's contrast stitching on leather upholstery.
Internationally, Toyota will offer a 4-litre, V6 petrol too, but what we're interested in is the engine we'll be getting, an upgraded version of the 3-litre turbodiesel motor that does duty on the current Prado. In the new Prado, the 2,995cc mill churns out 187bhp and 420Nm of torque, about 15bhp and 10Nm up on the old car.
We're expecting Toyota to bring the new Prado to our shores post-Auto Expo 2014. What do ye think of the makeover, interwebbists?