2018 LANDCRUISER PRADO UPGRADE ADDS SAFETY AND VALUE

 

If you’re in the market for a Brand new Four wheel drive, then stay tuned…..Toyota has announced that they have upgraded the Landcruiser Prado range, making it a more complete, safe, and affordable package for you to consider.

2017 Toyota Landcruiser Prado
2018 Toyota Landcruiser Prado

When I think of the 4WD market in Australia, and I think of what vehicles have stood the test of time, “Landcruiser” is the absolute first thing that pops into my head.
So to hear that this week Toyota has upgraded its top-selling LandCruiser Prado range, updating the external style while adding advanced active-safety technology to GX and GXL automatic models, I couldn’t help but want to share the news.

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The new GX automatic gains a comprehensive suite of advanced safety measures, a 500kg boost in braked towing capacity, the refreshed exterior and interior, and an instrumentation upgrade.

Prado’s new exterior contributes to added safety, with the bonnet sculptured in the centre to enhance downward visibility and the fenders re-profiled to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.

The entry angles of the front and rear bumpers are now improved, to enhance off-road manoeuvrability.

Advanced safety features – now standard equipment on all LandCruiser Prado auto models – are pre-collision safety system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active cruise control (ACC), lane departure alert and auto high beam. PCS and ACC were previously exclusive to high-grade VX and Kakadu.

Towing capacity for all automatic models has been increased by 500kg to 3 Tonnes and a rear differential lock has been added to auto GXL and VX grades.

The new LandCruiser Prado comes exclusively as a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel, and this has already caused concern amongst drivers in the online forums, however I’m sure once they jump in and drive one, they’ll be adequately surprised with the usable power. With prices starting at $53,490 RRP for GX manual, this is more affordable than ever.

Popular GXL automatic has also had a rear differential lock, Optitron instruments and colour MID included.

A $3500 option pack for GXL adds leather-accented trim, ventilated and power-operated front seats, and heated front and second-row seats.

Further active safety upgrades see VX grade gain panoramic view monitor and multi-terrain monitor, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Top of the range Kakadu now has drive mode select and panoramic view monitor while benefiting from a $1121 price reduction.

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Inside, LandCruiser Prado has a redesigned dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear. The revised centre console incorporates a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and has a low profile at the top for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility.

There are two new exterior colours, Peacock Black and Dusty Bronze. GX and GXL have grey fabric trim with the option of black leather-accented trim on GXL auto. VX and Kakadu are offered with Black and Beige leather-accented trim.

The safety technology now standard in all automatic models is designed to help prevent accidents or mitigate their consequences. The pre-collision safety system* can now detect impact risks with pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Relying on a camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and a radar in the grille, LandCruiser Prado can operate its brakes autonomously to reduce the vehicle’s speed.

Lane departure alert* monitors lane markings and helps prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by a vehicle leaving its lane. If the vehicle starts to deviate from its lane without the indicators being used, the system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.

Automatic high beam can detect the headlights or taillights of vehicles ahead and automatically switch between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers.

VX grade, in addition, now features blind-spot monitor* and rear cross-traffic alert*, systems from the Kakadu that support safer motoring by giving the driver better real-time information about the area immediately around the car.

Multi-terrain monitor, newly added to VX, enables the driver to select from front, rear and two side cameras to check vehicle blind spots and confirm their surroundings. New features include a panoramic view that enables the driver to check for other vehicles at blind intersections.

Drive Mode Select offers five modes which, at the turn of a dial, can provide the driver with the ability to set their preferred powertrain, chassis and air-conditioning settings.

LandCruiser Prado’s high-torque turbocharged diesel engine is equipped with an electronically controlled common-rail direct-injection system.

Mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

When mated to the six-speed manual transmission available in the GX or GXL, this engine develops peak torque of 420 Nm from 1,400 to 2,600 rpm. Maximum power is 130kW at 3400rpm.

The previous 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine is being discontinued in Australia due to overwhelming consumer preference for the turbo-diesel engine (98.8% of sales).

LandCruiser Prado is Australia’s best-selling large SUV, with its nearest rival another Toyota, the petrol-powered Kluger.

LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $240 (including GST) per service***.

2018 Toyota Prado upgrade
2018 Landcruiser Prado

2018 Mazda MX-5 Limited Edition (Perfomance Pack)

For anyone that follows me you’ll know that I have a little soft spot for small, Light weight sports cars.

For me there is no greater driving pleasure than the rawness of a Lotus Elise, or the nimbleness of a Mazda MX-5.

Since the Mazda Mx-5 s were first released in 1989, they have been one of the most popular sports cars ever sold. The recipe was pretty simple. Take the drivability and lightweight nimbleness of the British roadsters of the 60’s and 70’s, create the same fun factor with Japanese reliability and some modern technology, and package it all together in an affordable package, Viola!!! The Mazda MX-5.

Now since then the humble little MX-5 is now in it’s 4th generation and appealing to a younger generation.

In 2015 the ND Mx5 was released, and this took the car way back to the lightness of the original NA models with all the modern technology and comforts and 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

But they weren’t done there………..

In 2016 was the surprise release of the MX-5 RF model. (Retractable fastback) This had a very cool looking fastback coupe with a foldable hardtop that creates a Targa.

Mazda MX5 2018
All New perfromance MX5

Now, in 2018, it has been announced, that in Australia we will have access to only 110, MX5 RF Limited Edition Models. These will be a performance model with BBS wheels, Bilstein shocks, Brembo brakes, Recaro seats, strut bar and Sports Body Kit. It also comes with a choice of five exterior colours and a black roof.

Depending on your location and extras, these are expected to land here at about $55k

Now as you can see, Mazda Australia are taking expressions of interest at the moment, so if you are like me, and this Mazda MX-5 gets you super excited, then go to the Mazda Australia website and give them your details. Stay up-to-date with the progress of this model coming to Australia.

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Author: Rob Charlwood

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