Toyota Prado 2010 launched in UAE
The 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has been launched in the UAE, although readers of this website have known for months what the new model will look like. However, while we have become the top source of Prado news on the web, we were completely left out of the media launch event held in Dubai a week ago, so we are having to piece together information from other sources, as well as tips from our readers.
The bulbous new model will be available in 3-door and 5-door formats. However, the 5-door will be available with two petrol and two diesel engines, while the 3-door will be left to fend with only a single basic petrol engine.
The GCC-spec 2010 Prado 5-door will be available in VXL, VX and TX trim levels, with a choice of a 271 hp 4.0-litre V6 with a 5-speed manually-shiftable automatic or a 6-speed manual, or an underpowered 161 hp 2.7-litre 4-cylinder with a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual. The two diesel choices include a 94 hp 3.0-litre 4-cylinder and a 163 hp turbocharged 3.0-litre 4-cylinder, the latter having more torque than even the petrol V6.
All models get 17-inch aluminium wheels, except for the VXL, which gets 18-inch ones. All models also have four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, independent double-wishbone front suspension and four-link rear suspension. The top version even gets a “KDSS stabilizer” system that worked wonders on the larger Land Cruiser’s handling. For some reason, according to the specs, the 5-door has 10 mm higher ground clearance than the 3-door.
The interior seems to be available with three grades of upholstery. Basic models get fabric and mid-range versions get a better fabric, while the VXL gets leather with its wood trim and thicker-bolstered front seats.
The top VXL version also gets features such as three-zone automatic a/c, 17-speaker JBL stereo with AUX input, keyless entry and starter button, front and rear parking sensors with display, electrically-operated last-row seating, Bluetooth and rear-seat DVD entertainment. Also available are front, side-curtain and knee airbags, as well as stability control and turning HID headlights. The 7-seater 5-door Prado finally gets a fold-flat third row seat, while a 9-seater configuration is optional. A rear air suspension system is also optional, but might be reserved for markets such as Saudi Arabia.
Tech features include an optional multi-terrain system with settings for mud and sand, rock, and loose surfaces. Lower models have to cope with an “active” traction control system. The top model also gets ABS that works with the multi-terrain system, as well as four cameras, crawl control and a steering-angle display for off-road driving. The full-time all-wheel-drive system has locking centre and rear diffs, as well as low-range gearing. The optional adaptive suspension system can be used to vary ride height, and comes with the automatic rear levelling system.
For more specs and pricing, keep track of upcoming updates in the Toyota Prado buyer guide. We have a feeling potential buyers are in for a shocker.