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2010-05-11 09:00
The Land Cruiser Prado adds two new models to its local line-up mere months after its introduction in October last year.

Models bearing the TX specification slot beneath the range-topping VX models in the line-up, increasing the number of Prado models from two to four.

The mechanicals between the TX and VX models are identical and, as with the current VX, power is sourced from either an all-aluminium 24-valve 4.0-litre V6 petrol (202 kW/381 Nm) or a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel (120 kW/400 Nm). Both engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

The biggest changes affect specification, although the TX models come comprehensively equipped.

An ABS braking system, EBA, EBD, traction control, VSC, hill start and downhill assist are standard electronic driver aids. Additional equipment includes rear PDC, power side mirrors with a folding function and integrated indicators, manual headlamp leveling and three 12 valve accessory connectors.

Inside the cabin, occupants have the use of air conditioning, a multi-function display with an eco driving indicator, electric windows, an audio system with Bluetooth and USB compatibility and a rear console box with a cooler. All Prados also come with keyless entry and go.

A total fuel reserve of 150 l (an 87-litre fuel tank and 63-litre sub-tank) means you won’t have to top-up too often either. Seating for seven is provided.

All Prado models come with a five-year/90 000 km ToyotaCare service plan.


TX 3.0 turbodiesel - R546 400
TX 4.0 V6 petrol - R558 500
VX 3.0 turbodiesel - R637 900
VX 4.0 V6 petrol - R650 000

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