The Toyota Prado has always been and remains a massively important vehicle for Toyota in Australia. This new Prado for 2018 model year comes with an all new diesel engine now Toyota is also telling us that it is now more refined, quieter and it’s more impressive performer than the outgoing model. From the outside point of view this SUV didn’t change a lot but the real changes are done under the hood. So keep with us to find out if Toyota’s claims are true and how the engine performs.

2018 Toyota Prado Exterior

When we observe it’s exterior or behind the wheel there is no mistaking that this is in fact a Toyota Prado, it’s much the same as the old model and there are no major changes. Of course some changes are made like the introduction of new daytime running lights on the already well sculpted and mature looking headlights, which are turned on as soon as you turn up the engine. On the side and on the back end there is pretty much the same as on the old model.

Toyota Prado Interior

Now the 2018 Toyota Prado is available with a seating for five or for seven passengers. Also one of the new features is a new satellite navigation system that can use Google Maps through your smartphone. In addition with that the seven seater features three zone climate. Once you step in you are in absolute comfort and luxury. Also the cargo space is huge because the back seats can be folded down on push of the button.

2018 Toyota Prado Engine

The new unit under the bonnet is a 2.8-Liter intercooled four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that is able to produce 450 Newton meters of torque at 2400 rpm it’s got a 130 kw at 3400 rpm of power which is actually more power and torque that the old three liter motor. They’ve also don a whole bunch of things to make this engine much quieter. The also increased the fuel efficiency by 15 percent. It is available with a six-speed manual transmission that pulled down the consumption to 7.9 liter per 100km while the automatic uses 8.0 liters.

2018 Toyota Prado Price

The price of the new Toyota Prado is starting at $52,990 and it can go up to $83,490. it is available in four trim levels in GX, GXL, VX and Kakadu. The optional premium paint is $550. Main competitors are: Ford Everest, Land Rover Discovery and Mitsubishi Pajero.