The 2014 Toyota Prado offers the flexibility of seven seats but due to the car being used for production support, Glen said “we didn’t put them to use but being able to be stored flat under the floor makes them great emergency seats without hampering the load bay”.
There are not only significant changes to the exterior and interior of the Prado, but also improvements to seating access, handling, suspension and 4WD systems. As part of the revamp, Toyota has dropped the three-door Prado which managed sales of around just ten a month with buyers clearly preferring the practicality of five doors.
Toyota recognised the limitations of access to the third row of seats and in the new model has increased the forward folding angle of the second row seats by more than 12 per cent which has created an easier entry and exit for the third row occupants.
Meanwhile, the familiar (and far less purchased) 4.0-litre petrol V6 engine with 11.6L/100km fuel economy has been tweaked to produce 207kW (up 5kW) and an unchanged 381Nm. Emissions have been slightly reduced to meet Euro 5 requirements. Additions include new injectors and a modified exhaust.