Toyota has taken the opportunity to introduce a facelifted Land Cruiser SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with an updated design, a refreshed interior, plus new safety and infotainment technology. The styling is subtle and evolutionary, with a new and intricate grille, reshaped headlights with LED daytime running lights on the upper-spec models and is overall larger than before. In profile, the vehicle looks different thanks to a taller front bumper plus realigned wing lines and bumpers, all on the same horizontal axis. New taillight clusters and a smaller rear number plate garnish complete the look. The Land Cruiser sells in more than 190 countries all over the world, so it's the best Toyota in terms of availability. The dashboard has been redesigned and boasts a new instrument binnacle and centre console layout, with fresh and re-organised switchgear.
The company Toyota has officially unveiled the updated model Land Cruiser Prado.
The Prado benefits from the most noticeable changes, including a heavily revised front-end featuring a new bonnet, grille and headlamps that replace the cascading, nearly droopy snout of the current model. The steering wheel is also new, and is shared with the V8 powered land Cruiser.
2018 upgrade for Toyota Prado
More significant tweaks lie under the skin, where Toyota's Safety Sense driver assistance pack is now standard across the Prado range, bringing a collision avoidance package with autonomous emergency braking and a blind spot monitor to every model.
The Prado range now adopts lane departure alert and automatic high beam. The 2.8-litre, four-pot, diesel engine produces 177hp and 450Nm of torque and is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Both a six-speed auto and manual will continue to be offered in Australia, however, the V6 petrol will be discontinued from the local lineup following low demand - Toyota Australia says the 2.8 diesel accounts for 98.8 per cent of local sales.
The Land Cruiser retains its single engine choice, a 2.8-litre turbodiesel with 178hp and 370Nm of torque.
Couple, son killed at volcanic crater near Naples
The mum, dad and son were killed after they fell into the Solfatara crater at Pozzuoli, near Naples , in Italy . Italian news reports say an 11-year-old Italian boy and his parents died in a steamy volcanic field near Naples.