Toyota Shows 2018 Land Cruiser Prado’s New Face In Frankfurt

Known in some markets as the Prado, the off-roader sold in Europe as the Land Cruiser has been on the market now since 2009. So Toyota evidently figured it was due for an update, and that’s precisely what it has revealed this morning at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Though clearly based closely on the existing model, the smaller member of the Land Cruiser lineup has been revised inside, out, and under the hood to keep it relevant in the 190+ countries around the world where it’s sold – and the ten or more European countries where it leads its segment in sales.

Tweaks have been made to the frame-mounted sheetmetal, including a new hood, fenders, grille, headlamps, taillights, wheels, and front bumper. The changes aren’t purely aesthetic, either: they were designed to help the driver locate the vehicle’s extremities for maneuvering the large vehicle, while improving engine cooling, and adding an extra couple of inches to its overall length in the process.

The interior has likewise been updated with a new dashboard, instruments, and center console. There’s a new 8-inch infotainment screen, sitting lower (once again) to enhance outwards visibility, and new trim and control surfaces as well.

European customers will be able to choose between three- and five-door bodystyles, ten exterior colors, three interior combinations, and several engine options. The 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel comes mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, producing 177 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. There’s a 2.7-liter gasoline engine paired with a five-speed manual and rated at 161 hp and 181 lb-ft, and a 4.0 with a six-speed automatic at 249 hp and 281 lb-ft.

Availability depends on specific markets within Europe and in other markets. And while these updates apply to the Toyota, Americans shouldn’t be surprised to see a similarly revised Lexus GX follow soon as well.

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  • TheHake

    Damn I miss my Prado. 🙁

    • sam101200

      Buy the new one.

      • TheHake

        They are unaffordable where I live now. :_-(

  • Finkployd

    might be a bit dated but still very desirable

    • rover10

      A bit!!!

  • Bash

    Never liked it, still hate it. design wise.
    but i respect it for what it is and its capabilities and overall package. Thats all.

    • Bob

      Yeah, it’s hard to hate on the Prado’s capabilities.

    • Well said

  • ediotsavant

    Impressive.

  • toyota owner

    finally really moving to tears..a proper make sense handsome in/out prado reborn..previous examples sorely make me dire just to watch

  • This is very nice! I need this for my Botswana trip!!

  • Jack Mavro

    Great vehicles. Nice looking too

  • DM

    I’m a sucker for “Outdated” trucks and cars. I LOVE this Prado as much as I love the Mitsubishi Montero/Pajero, G Wagon, Defender, Patrol/QX, you name it. I feel that they’re still around for a reason. Tough machines.

  • AT FIRST GLANCE I THOUGHT IT WAS ONE OF THOSE CHINESE KNOCKOFFS.

  • MMNYC18

    I find this so shockingly ugly! And the Lexus version even more so. I had a ’93 Landcruiser that I bought new and adored – dark gray metallic with gray leather. It was an anomaly at the time, there weren’t many of them – purposeful, quietly elegant, utilitarian. And it was major workhorse and built like a tank. I just don’t get Toyota’s styling direction, it’s a charactachure.

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    • Ok

      The 2016 land cruiser 200 has a front end that sort of reminds of the 80 series

    • seriously

      i agree that is the best looking Land Cruiser the Lexus model as well, the new Land Cruiser just looks bland

  • Dennis Scipio

    It does have a very nice Interior for a SUV.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That grille is ridiculous. I still want one of these beasts, though.

  • Enter Ranting

    Was Bane the inspiration for the grille?

  • Six_Tymes

    Looks good, a bit Jeepish

  • klowik

    It looks better and will attract more sales without spending much to develop anything new.. that’s how Toyota makes money.

  • Erzhik

    Nuke it from space

  • mikelike

    Geez makes the new Land Rover Discovery look cutting edge !!

  • Harry_Wild

    Does matter; since it not coming to the U.S. marketplace! It sold oversea.

  • Benjamin B.

    Still using that 4L? No turbocharged engine?

  • SteersUright

    Decades too old, inside and out, probably reliable as all hell and off-road capable, but damn it sure is ugly, heavy, underpowered for its mass, inefficient. and way too expensive.