December 5, 2013 : Toyota Kirloskar Motor has silently launched the new Land Cruiser Prado in India at the price of Rs 84.87 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), and the bookings for the same have already been started. The company went on upgrading the SUV at its exterior front, while certain additional features are also added inside the vehicle. The exterior changes include fog lamps, newly designed headlamps, new front grille, bumper and rear combination lamp. At the rear, the car gets new license plate garnish and LED headlamps with DRLs (daytime running lamps). Inside the vehicle, the fresh changes include second row seat heater, multi-terrain monitor, display audio with 7-inch screen, cosmetic changes in centre console, newly designed optitron metre and crawl control.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|VX L||Diesel||7.0 kmpl||11.0 kmpl||Automatic||2982cc
||170.30 @ 3400rpm|
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a sports utility vehicle which is offered in diesel version. It is incorporated with a 3.0-litre D4D diesel engine which is turbocharged and has a displacement capacity of 2982cc. Its inter-cooler turbocharger is capable in producing a maximum power of 170.3bhp and a peak torque of 410Nm. This motor runs based on a common rail direct injection fuel supply system and produces an impressive fuel economy of about 11 Kmpl on runways and 7 Kmpl in cities. A five speed automatic transmission gear box will offer a great off-roading ability. Its braking mechanism is improved by equipping an anti lock braking system with an electronic brake force distribution accompanied by a brake assist. Its vehicle stability control function will help in engine's performance and braking efficiency. Its suspension system is also very powerful and reliable in offering stability and control under all conditions. Its internal cabin is also designed attractively to allure customers. Along with a chrome applied radiator grille, body toned bumpers, fog lamps, unique headlight clusters along with automatic light control sensors are integrated to improve external appearance. Features such as adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a set of roof rails, stylish alloy wheels, side steps, high mounted stop lamp and many other features are decked onto its skin. Its cabin is made very spacious and seats are well placed in order to avoid friction between the occupants. A multi-terrain monitor with a four surround camera that has side mirrors that gives a view around the tyres. Its monitor has a display of driver and passenger sides at the same time. A multi-terrain select system that avoids wheel spin and brake lock up has a choice of driving mode of Loose Rock, Mogul, Rock, Rock and Dirt and also Mud and Sand. Features such as crawl control that has a control over accelerator and brake are also present. Company offers a standard warranty of three years or 1 lakh kilometers, whichever comes first. This warranty can be further extended at an additional cost from authorized dealers.
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.
It has impressive dimensions which makes it look massive. Its overall length is 4760mm, it also has a total width of 1885mm and stands at a height of about 1880mm. It has a wheelbase of 2790mm which is very large. A minimum ground clearance of 220mm that helps in off-roading, while this vehicle also has a minimum turning radius of 5.8 meters, which is very advantageous for better manoeuvrability.
The internal cabin is very well designed with multiple features to appeal the customers. Entire scheme is dual toned and many accents are present to make the compartment more attractive. A total of seven occupants can be accommodated with a lot of ease and is quite roomy due to large wheelbase. It has ergonomic seats which are very comfortable. These seats have leather upholstery that are offered in Flaxen and Black shades to pick from. Almost eight different ways along with memory functions are present for the driver seat. Co-driver's seats can also be adjusted in four various ways. For the front seats and second rows seats, there is a heater system available. Third row has a 50:50 split folding facility which will allow for an extended trunk room capacity. The gear shift knob, parking brake lever and the steering wheel are covered with premium leather. On the inside, the cabin has storage spaces like a large glove box with a cooling effect, a center armrest with cup holders to second row. A 12V power socket in the second and third row will enable to charge small electronic devices. Both the driver's and the co-passenger side visor has an illuminated vanity mirrors fitted to them. A cigarette lighter along with a portable ashtray is offered. An overhead console is an addition to the storage capacity in the cabin. There are front reading lamps along with a standard roof lamp. A combimeter that has an illumination is present which is embedded with many driver useful notifications. A central console is present that is furbished with silver and adds richness to the overall interiors. For the ignition keyhole there is illumination, inside door sill plates has stainless steel on them.
Many aspects are present that offer comfort and convenience to both driver and other passengers as well. An automatic climate control system with a three zone independent control function is present. Its second row and third rows too have air vents for better air circulation. Its audio unit has a 7-inch screen with touch capacity and supports Bluetooth connectivity as well. A cruise control system with call and audio controls mounted onto the steering wheel is available. Driver's seat has adjustment facility to it and the third row seats have power foldable function with an automatic switch. A remote keyless entry will avoid manual locking/unlocking of the doors. All the doors are integrated with power windows and a one-touch up/down switch is present on the driver's side. Its steering wheel has a variable speed assist with tilt and telescopic adjustment feature. An instrument panel is present that has a speedometer, fuel consumption display, remote tailgate opener, illuminated entry system and others.
This utility vehicle has ample legroom, while a lot of shoulder space is available in the cabin owing to a large wheelbase. Due to a good head space, even tall persons can be accommodated effortlessly. It has a fuel tank capacity of about 87 litres and also has a massive boot space of 621 litres, both of which are favourable in planning for long journeys.
It has a five speed automatic transmission gear box that can go up to 150 to 155 Kmph maximum speed. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph within 13 seconds, which is quite good for a vehicle of this stature.
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.
It has an audio system integrated which can support MP3 player, FM radio tuner, a six CD Changer. This audio unit is complimented by nine speakers. It has ports available for USB as well as Aux-in and there is Bluetooth connectivity as well. Customers can further customize this vehicle by incorporating it with leather seats, navigation system, body decals and other such features from an authorized dealer at an additional cost.
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.
It is designed with a rigid body structure that has crumple zones, side impact protection beams. This will reduce the collision impact to a great extent. Child safety locks are integrated to all the doors to make this vehicle child friendly. Seven airbags are present in order to protect occupants from fatal injuries. An anti lock braking system with an electronic brake-force distribution is accompanied by a brake assist. This braking mechanism will help gaining stronger grip on all kinds of roads. A feature of whiplash will safeguard from neck and back injuries. There is an engine immobilizer which will avoid thefts by freezing the engine if any unauthorized access to the vehicle is detected. Notifications such as a driver seatbelt, door ajar warning, driver seatbelt and others are embedded into the instrument panel. As a standard feature it has a day and night internal rear view mirror which has an anti glare function to it. There are seatbelts to all the occupants. Driver is assisted in parking job with the help of a parking assist system that has a rear camera along with sensors. A feature of vehicle stability control helps preventing skidding of the vehicle. In order to monitor the tyre pressure, there is a tyre pressure monitoring system. Rear windshield has a defogger integrated to it. Central locking system, a hill start assist and a centrally located fuel tank are other additional protective aspects which are available. Furthermore, there is a high mounted third stop lamp fitted at the rear end that adds to its safety quotient as well.
A set of 18 inch sized alloy wheels are offered, which are further covered with a set of 265/60 R18 tubeless radial tyres. Additionally, a full size spare wheel is present in the boot compartment along with a tool kit which is useful in changing a flat tyre.
1. Performance is top notch.
2. Safety quotient is well endowed.
3. After sale service is very impressive.
4. External image is quite appealing.
5. Internal cabin is very roomy.
1. Mileage can be disappointing.
2. Price tag is not very reasonable.
3. Cost of maintenance is very high.
4. Top end also lacks GPS navigation system.
5. Interior can be designed in a better way.
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