The 150 Series Prado has been a firm favourite with touring 4WDers since its inception, due to the winning combination of torque and low-down grunt coupled with market-leading fuel economy figures.
Well, back in September Toyota dropped some huge news that has had tongues wagging ever since.
The 150 Series Prado is now equipped with an all-new turbo diesel engine – or a tweaked version of the previous petrol engine – coupled with a new six-speed automatic transmission system. The improved 150 Series also features a number of new safety and cosmetic updates.
The new diesel engine is surely a powerplant to behold and Toyota’s official figures state that it uses just 7.9 litres of diesel per 100km over mixed highway and city driving.
The petrol Prado has been blessed with an upgraded V6 donk that produces an added 5kW of power while cutting back on emissions and slightly reducing fuel usage.
Both diesel and petrol variants are also equipped with Toyota’s next generation six-speed automatic transmission, which monitors vehicle speed and driving conditions to determine the most effective and efficient use of high-speed gears.
For the dedicated stick shift fanatics, a six-speed manual transmission gearbox will still be available for diesel models, but only with GX and GXL grades. The massively popular GXL grade Prado will, for the first, time have inbuilt satellite navigation tech as standard, while the space-age Kakadu variant will gain a feature known as cross-traffic alert, which is designed to warn of approaching traffic when reversing from a parking spot (let’s face it, the Kakadu pretty much drives itself).
Since the Prado’s inception back in 1996, nearly a quarter of a million have sold across the country, making it Australia’s best-selling SUV of the past two decades. Something tells us that’s not going to change!