2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled

The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – or just the Land Cruiser as it’s badged in Europe – gains a major update for the 2018 model year, with changes applied to the body-on-frame 4×4 model inside and out.

Exterior updates place emphasis on off-roading prowess. These include a reshaped bonnet to enhance downward visibility along the centre, while the lower part of the bumper corners flick upwards, and the central section of the bumper is fashioned after a skid plate to improve off-road wieldiness. Further outwards, the tops of the fenders have been raised for the driver to better locate the Land Cruiser’s extremities.

The radiator grille and headlamps (now with optional LED units) are now positioned higher for improved functionality, while the main beams of the headlamps have been placed further inboard to better avoid impact with obstacles during off-road driving.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled

Inside, the Land Cruiser gains a redesigned dashboard especially at the top of the centre console tower, where it has been lowered to improve forward visibility particularly when driving off-road. The centre console itself houses a new eight-inch full-colour touchscreen, flush-surface HVAC control panel and drivetrain-related instrument cluster.

The steering wheel is also new, now matching the one fitted to Land Cruiser J200 models. White lighting now applies to the instrument panel, centre console and door switchgear, while LEDs also apply to the front footwell, roof headlining and glove box, as well as door panel illumination. Three interior colour schemes are available: Black, Brown/Black and the new Premium Beige, paired with silver metallic finish and light brown or dark brown wood trim finish.

The higher trim levels with automatic transmission are equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense active safety suite, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and automatic high beam functions. Additional driver support systems include a blind spot monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and an upgraded tyre pressure warning system.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift unveiled

Under the hood, the Land Cruiser gains a 2.8 litre D-4D turbodiesel with 177 hp and 450 Nm (or 420 Nm for manual versions) for the western Europe market, while in east Europe the 4×4 is powered by a161 hp/246 Nm 2.7 VVT-i petrol inline-four engine and a 249 hp/381 Nm 4.0 litre V6 VVT-i petrol mill.

The updated Prado has also gone on sale in Japan, with prices starting from 3,538,080 yen (RM135,663), going up to 5,363,280 yen (RM205,616).

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • sabahan on Sep 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Wow Prado from RM135k! Take my money UMW!

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  • glorified fortuner..Next

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  • Name dahlah copy Land Rover, now even rear lights oso must copy?

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    • sam123 on Sep 13, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      since u written “copy” i assumed u know nothing about rover and cruiser, u should read it.. they have interesting story on it ;)

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      • So tell me, which comes 1st? Land Rover or Land Cruiser?

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        • Does it matter which comes first? There is an old saying, if you want to go into the desert or outback take Land Rover or any other. If you want to come back again, please take a Land Cruiser. There is a strong reason why the UN would only consider the Land Cruiser as their fleet vehicle in the desert. I own and drive a Land Rover Discovery 2 Td5 by the way.

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  • Bernard on Sep 12, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Wasn’t the Prado a low spec model for our SEA markets? The Land Cruiser was the high spec model for North America, Europe etc…

    Now the Prado is the Land Cruiser?

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  • ninja turtle on Sep 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    the legendary Ninja Turtle..

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  • JasonT on Sep 13, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Nothing special, just cosmetic changes. Engine tech still old school, that is why it’s call a facelift. Just some temporary measures until they can come out with a new model

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  • alldisc on Sep 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

    in UK the Prado is known as Land Cruiser Colorado. while the bigger brother is known as Land Cruiser Amazon aka Lexus LX570

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  • willie on Sep 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

    come of think of it… 4×4 pick up that extend the back like fortuner, mu-x, outlander…. compare their pick up price and mock-up, one gotta fork out 40-50k just for the back portion. in terms of value, only air con vent, suspension, the cover metal, 3rd row seats is been added from layman terms. is it worth it ?

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    • Mr. Octopus on Sep 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Fortuner & MU-X actually have been shortened after the rear axle. The pick-ups that they’re based on are longer.

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  • Leonardo on Sep 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Too bad Toyota no longer have a replacement for the lengandary Landcruiser ll for the ‘average Malaysians’. Prado have moved upmarket into the semi luxury range. The previous ‘recreational off road trucks’ is now handed over to Toyota Hilux. Which is essential for the commercial sector, and adopted for occasional leisure use.

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  • chua shing tat on Sep 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Hi Mick Chan, can you help educate us why UMW in Malaysia is not doing Prado? I am sure the demand is strong here.

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  • Car Fan on Mar 19, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Land Cruiser Prado is Mid-Size SUV, Land Cruiser regular is Full-Size SUV….. Prado has V6, Land Cruiser has V8….. It’s different car, one old brother, one young brother….. Toyota makes mistake here….. And even some laws still not understanding between Mid-Size and Full-Size car…..

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  • Damien on Dec 10, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Is there anyway we can get a brand new Prado here in Malaysia instead of recon?

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