Frankfurt 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelift breaks cover

2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Toyota Land Cruiser image

On the outside the 2018 Land Cruiser gets an updated front fascia with a new grille, hood, headlights and bumper.

Front styling features a new bonnet, grille and headlamps that replace the cascading, nearly droopy snout of the current model. So, while it's been around since 1951, the Land Cruiser is slowly becoming a model in a niche - but that hasn't stopped the Japanese automaker to proudly present it in front of the worldwide audience of the Frankfurt Motor Show. In profile, the vehicle looks different thanks to a taller front bumper plus realigned wing lines and bumpers, all on the same horizontal axis.

Around the back, fresh taillights make an appearance alongside a new rear bumper. It's now 60 millimeters (2.3 inches) longer than its predecessor, and comes with 17 to 19 inches alloy wheels as well as LED technology for the brake lights.

Toyota claims that the interior has taken a step up in terms of quality.

All of which starts with a new, more functionally laid out dashboard incorporating an Optitron analogue instrument cluster, a 20cm touchscreen for Toyota's own multimedia system and a 10.5cm onboard data display controlled from the new, leather-clad multifunction steering wheel, as well as an electric, heated windscreen and heated washer nozzles, reverse tilting door mirrors, and a new smart key design.

New safety technology from Toyota's Safety Sense suite of driver assists is available, but is fitted to high-grade models as standard.

The Prado range now adopts lane departure alert and automatic high beam.

While the VX grade will also pick up Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

No major changes are made under the bonnet.

The Land Cruiser retains its single engine choice, a 2.8-litre turbodiesel with 178hp and 370Nm of torque. The 2.8-litre, four-pot, diesel engine produces 177hp and 450Nm of torque and is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

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