Toyota Prado’s current 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine reaches the end of the road next month – replaced by a better-performing and more fuel-efficient 2.8-litre unit.
The all-new 2.8-litre ‘Global Diesel’ (GD) labeled 1GR-FTV is good for 130kW/450Nm (that’s 3.0kW/40Nm more than the current 3.0-litre unit).
Drive is via a new six-speed automatic transmission (replacing the current five-speed) or a six-speed manual.
Better yet, the all-new 2.8-litre turbo-diesel is 10 per-cent more fuel efficient – combined cycle 7.9l/100kms for the manual or 8.0/100kms for the auto.
Refinement is also improved thanks to adoption of a counterbalance shaft and a chnain drive (replacing the 3.0-litre’s belt drive).
Year-to-date at the end of May, Toyota Prado is again Australia’s best-selling large SUV with sales of 6,149 vehicles and market share of 13.3 per-cent. Combined with the Kluger (5,224 sales so far this year), Toyota dominates the segment with a combined share of 24.6 per-cent.