Over the past few weeks, there has been a series of photo leaks of what is believed to be the 2018 Toyota Prado. Although we don’t expect the Toyota to launch the fifth generation of the model yet, according to the photos, the automaker has made a number of new changes on both the SUV’s exterior and interior departments.
The automaker, however, has not confirmed or denied the authenticity of the leaked photos. Until we get more credible information, we will go with these photos for now; the photos seem to be from a brochure which gives them some form of credibility. I believe the SUV will still be offered in GX, GXL, VX as well as Kakadu trim levels.
2018 Toyota Prado Exterior
If these photos are to be believed then they give us a sneak peak onto the 3rd facelift on this 4th generation of the all-famous Toyota Prado. This generation of the model has been on sale since 2009. According to the photos, the SUV has a new front fascia. The fascia looks sleeker and features a prominent, 5-bar upper grille.
The headlights, on the other hand, look more aggressive; above the headlights is a new, full-width chrome strip. The lower grille is also revised while the bumper looks bigger. The design of the fog lights also looks new compared to that of the current model of the SUV. The engine hood also seems to have been modified as it features more hunches and creases which enhance the model’s strong personality.
At the rear, the photos reveal new taillights graphics and in addition, the taillight housings also look darker. The roof spoiler and the skid plates have also been modified.
Further, according to the leaked images, the model will ride on new wheels.
The leaked images also show a revised cabin that looks similar to that of the latest Land Cruiser. The model seems to have borrowed the Land Cruiser’s 4-spoke steering wheel as well as its lush-looking center console. The infotainment system and the instrument panel also look new.
The automaker may also decide to add new upholstery choices for the Prado.
Safety of the driver and passengers will be well taken care of when the model makes it on-sale debut as it will come with the Toyota Safety Sense P, a suite of advanced safety technologies as well as driver assist systems.
This is the much information we have managed to derive from the leaked images; we will update you with more information once Toyota makes it available.
Engine and performance
The leaked photos were not accompanied by information about the engines that will drive the 2018 Prado. However, since the model is only getting a facelift, I don’t expect the automaker to hook it up with new mills. As such, current mills will carry over unchanged including the 2.8 L, a turbo-diesel mill which produces 174 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque when paired with an automatic transmission and 310 lb-ft of torque when paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 4.0 L, V-6 gasoline engine will also likely to carry over unchanged; the engine produces 277 hp.
Price and release date
Rumor has it that Toyota plans to unveil the 2018 LandCruiser Prado in mid-September in its home-country of Japan; sales will follow up shortly after its public launch. The automaker will announce the model’s prices during its public debut but I don’t expect the prices to vary significantly from the current $53,000 – $85,000 range. Keep it here for all latest information about the 2018 Prado and other latest cars.