The current generation of the Prado has been around ever since 2009 and in this time, it did not change that much despite the fact it received a new engine last year as well as a few mild exterior changes. Some people started to say that because it has not been updated for such a long time, Toyota was either going to discontinue the model or replace it with a new unibody SUV that would offer better on-road characteristics while being less capable in off-road. However, it now seems that the Toyota Prado 2017 will not be a new unibody car but instead, it will be based on the upcoming 4Runner which will use the new chassis found in the current Tacoma.
Toyota Prado 2017 Price
This means that the SUV will lose between 100 and 300 pounds depending on the model of choice thanks to the high strength steel chassis and some aluminum body-panels. Also, the new chassis means that the car should be, in theory, able to tow quite a bit more than the ongoing generation as well as be more rugged than before, all while keeping the comfort of the passengers just as good as before. The price will likely hover between $50,000 and $80,000 which will allow it to compete on the market with ease.
In terms of engines, the car’s current 2.7 and 4 liter engines are expected to be discontinued in the favor of a single 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine which should be more than enough for a car like this. The engine will likely provide around 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, all while using a similar amount of fuel to the old 2.7 liter inline 4 unit. In terms of diesel engines, in certain markets, the Prado will now use only the new 2.8 liter turbocharged diesel which has been first introduced last year. This will provide up to 180 horsepower and more than 330 lb-ft of torque. In terms of transmission, for wheel drive is going to be standard while the car will come with either a 6 speed manual or with a 6 speed automatic.
2017 Toyota Prado Design
The design will change, but not as much as some people think. In fact, we expect an evolution of the design found on the current model which would make a lot of sense considering Toyota’s current models. However, we do expect a slightly classier look from the Toyota Prado 2017 as well as a more aerodynamic body. Inside the cabin, the old-looking design will be gone in the favor of something a lot more contemporary with a less cluttered dashboard and a better quality of the materials.
Toyota Prado model history:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Land_Cruiser_Prado