2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Review, Kukadu, Output

Toyota has a justly deserved reputation for manufacturing reliable, affordable, and durable vehicles. Indeed, Toyota Corolla is arguably the most well-known vehicle in the world. Among SUVs and mini trucks, it has produced a lot of high-quality vehicles that have gone on to forge excellent reputations all over the world by performing in some of the toughest terrains and environments that a vehicle can hope to survive in. Vehicles such as the Fortuner, Highlander and of course the most popular SUV to ever come off the Toyota production line. Indeed, the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has been the mainstay of the SUV world almost since its introduction and wherever it has made its appearance it has quickly become the standard against which many SUVs are judged.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado front

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – Engine Output:

The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is equipped with a fully redefined 5.7-liter V8 engine. Thanks to technological innovations it churns out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque respectively. This is almost ten percent high than the older generation engines. However, these specifications are only available in the top-end Kukadu version that is also equipped with an auto tranny. While the other GX, GLX, and VX versions are not capable of generating this output. The 2017 Toyota Prado maximum towing capability of this version remains around 2.5 tons.

The diesel unit is equipped with common-rail diesel injection along with a low-friction turbocharger. That is touted to be at least fifty percent more responsive than its older counterparts. The ECU (engine control unit) also has a more advanced mapping feature. Which effectively enables the vehicle to produce a high level of torque at markedly lower revs. The 2017 Toyota Prado Kukadu trim is also available in petrol.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – Fuel Consumption:

The Land Cruiser’s diesel engine is slated to give around 8.0 L/100 km with the automatic 6-speed transmission. An over above ten percent improvement over its previous models.


Here again, the new changes are quite evident in the new model. The Kukadu six-speed automatic tranny has a shorter first gear compared to the older versions’ usual five-speed, which has resulted in better ‘low-speed crawl performance’ for crossing rugged terrain. Other 2017 Toyota Prado variants are equipped with manual transmissions as well.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – External Looks:

At the front, the vehicle features an all new 5 line horizontal grille that has been chrome plated to perfection. This grille is flanked by two powerful LED, equipped main headlights (Halogen headlights will be offered as an option). Meanwhile, the front bumper has large air vents for peak engine performance and there are fog lamps for driving in ambient light conditions. The same applies to the tail lights as well as they are similarly equipped with LED lamps. The 2017 Toyota Prado has been upgraded to a newer version of its old roof spoiler. And the roof rails have also been similarly redesigned as well. High power halogen lamps are available as well for the higher end models.

Like its older cousins, the new Cruiser also has 17-inch wheels though their arch as been widened to create greater stability.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado rear

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – Dimensions:

The 2017 Toyota Prado has an overall length of 4805 mm, 1905 mm width. However, its wading depth has been reduced as it sits lower by 20 mm lower, all the way down to 1825 mm. While the vehicle is certainly more stable and less prone to flipping but at the same time, its ability to cross water obstacles has been decreased. However, the same can be made better with the installation of a high mounted snorkel.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – Electronics:

The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is slated to feature a rear camera with night sight capability as well as a heated steering wheel. Its ‘blind spot ‘monitoring system has also been completely overhauled for all models and not just the Kukadu version. The instrument cluster has multi-colored displays while the console panel surrounds the gear controls of the vehicle. Giving its interior a more stylish look when compared to many of its competitors.

Its infotainment system controls are located on the steering wheel. This reduces the risk of taking the hand of the while driving. The sound and visual entertainment system are equipped with powerful speakers that have been heavily upgraded to offer state of the art entertainment.

The lower end models also have the same features; however, the rear camera is not as powerful in the GLX version.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado rear seats

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – Interior Schematics:

The interior of the new 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a sight for sore eyes indeed. It has been designed in rich brown tones and is replete with heated seats to accompany the heated steering wheel. Apart from the full auto window opening system (standard on all models). The high-end versions have rich leather seats and a larger TFT fully controllable touch screen that can handle blue tooth, aux, CD/DVD and radio with equal aplomb. It also has USB 3.0 port as well. Its air-conditioning system has also been upgraded.

All models have sensors installed at both the rear as well as the sides of the vehicle as an aid to parking. The 2017 Toyota Prado has equipped with an all terrain monitoring system as well and also boasts of a computer controlled braking.

All models sport a keyless entry option along with features such as blind spot monitoring system, advanced cruise control, wide-angle rearview camera, automatic climate control, power sockets, heated steering wheel, etc.

2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado interior

In the US, the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado may be launched under an alternative name or may well go by its generic name of Land Cruiser Prado. It is expected to be in the mid range depending on different trim levels as well as options and features.

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