Toyota is planning to release the fifth generation of Toyota Prado later this year. However, enthusiasts in North America will continue missing out on the model as the automaker has no plans to sell it in this market. Nevertheless, enthusiasts can turn to the Lexus LX which is actually like a rebadged 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. The current model has been on the market for over 7 years and really needed a comprehensive refresh. The model has also been losing in the market to newer models from competitors such as the Land Rover Discovery, Ford Everest, and Mitsubishi Pajero among others.
2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Exterior and Interior
The Land Cruise Prado current design is very popular and Toyota would not do anything to mess it up. However, the automaker will make several changes to make the design more modern without losing its overall boxy look. From the information in our possession, the new model will have a new front fascia that features a new grille, headlights, and hood. The new design is sharper but still intimidating. The bumper will also be revised and integrated with revised fog lights and vents.
In terms of size, the model will remain unchanged; it will still measure 4,780 mm in length, 1,885 mm in width and 1,845 mm in height. The car has a wheelbase of 2,790 mm. The body and structure will be made of light metal alloys to help save weight and thus improve the model’s performance and fuel economy.
Inside, the SUV will still be available in 5-seat and 7-seat configurations. To win back customers from its rivals, the model will have a more premium cabin designed to offer more comfort and luxurious rides. The automaker will likely make leather a standard feature for all models. The model will have several screens including one for the navigation system, another for the infotainment system and a heads-up display to provide the driver with easy access to information. Also, expect an all-digital instrument cluster. Like the automaker is doing with other models, I expect the new 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado to feature Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa apps.
Toyota will make the most safety technologies standard for the 2019 model unlike in the current model where most features are standard for top models. Therefore, expect the SUV to feature hill start assist, rear-view camera, stability control, traction control, hill start and hill descent control all as standard. More driver assists technologies including parking sensors, 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and front and rear cross traffic alert among others will be also standard.
Engine and performance
Toyota offers different engines for different markets including turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines as well as a V-6 gasoline mill. The most popular mill is the 2.8 L, inline-4 turbodiesel. The engine is usually paired with a 6-speed manual/automatic gearbox. The engine produces 177 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque when paired with a manual gearbox and 332 lb-ft of torque with the automatic system.
Other engines will include a turbocharged petrol 2.7 L, inline-4 good for 161 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, the second in a row is the 4.0 V6 4WD which develops 271 horsepower and a torque of 281 lb-ft. There will also be a V-6 petrol mill with a displacement of 5.7 liters. The engine will likely produce 381 hp and 297 lb-ft of torque.
Price and release date
It is still too early to talk about the 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado prices as the model is scheduled to hit markets early next year but the base model will likely start at $55, 000 with top models fetching around $95,000. Before then, the automaker will likely showcase the model in an international show before the end of this year.