2013 Toyota Prado Kakadu

The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado on sale in Australia is set to receive a relatively major update for the year 2016 in the form of a completely new diesel engine. The all-new mill, also found under the bonnet of the 2016 Toyota Hilux, is touted to provide drivers with added firepower as well lower fuel consumption.

Dubbed 1GD-FTV, the 2.8 litre four-cylinder direct-injected common-rail turbodiesel engine pumps out a total of 174 hp and 450 Nm from just 2,400 rpm of torque when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission – opting for a six-speed manual reduces the torque output to 420 Nm. The mill employs an electronically-manipulated common-rail injection system and piezo injectors.

Efficiency gains can be attributed to the adoption of “a water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, a swirl control valve on the intake manifold and a new piston shape.” Improvements in refinement and performance come courtesy of an engine cover made from resin, thinner cylinder heads, a timing chain, reshaped intake and exhaust gas recirculation ports and intake manifold along with an insulation cover for the oil pan.


The inclusion of a diesel particulate filter further contributes to the engine’s fuel efficiency as well as making sure it complies with Euro 5 emission standards. For increased performance, the gearing of both the manual and automatic transmissions have been tuned to unload all of the power from just above idle.

“The new Prado engine is better in every way – more power and torque, better fuel economy and reliability, and advanced smoothness and quiet operation. In addition, the impressively quiet and smooth engine results in a more comfortable atmosphere in the cabin,” said Tony Cramb, executive director of sales and marketing at Toyota Australia.

In terms of fuel consumption, the new engine records an improvement of 10% when compared to the current mill in the Prado. When paired to the six-speed manual, it records a fuel consumption figure of just 12.7 km/l on a combined cycle – going for the six-speed automatic nets you a (slightly) lower figure of 12.5 km/l.

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