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In India, badge plays a vital role. Case in point is the Prado. Toyota has brought in the facelift version of the Land Cruiser Prado to the Indian market. Widely known simply as the Prado, it is the compact version of the Toyota’s massive muscular SUV, the Land Cruiser. Being derived from the Land Cruiser, the Toyota Prado does carry over many design cues from its big brother. But do we even see as many on the road? The Prado being a fantastic vehicle lacks the badge to compete with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes M-Class. Toyota does not advertise it much either.
The facelift version of the Toyota Prado gets in new front bumpers, front headlights and a slightly revised front grille. The bumpers have been made more muscular with pronounced wheel arches both at the front and the rear. Under the hood, the Toyota Prado is powered by Toyota’s 3.0-litre D4-D diesel engine that produces 170 BHP of peak power at 3400 RPM and 410 NM of torque at just 1600 RPM. it is mated to a 5 speed automatic gearbox. With a seating capacity of 7, it rides on 265/60 R18 tires. The Toyota Prado is suspended via double wishbone suspension at the front and air suspension at the back. The use of air suspension makes the ride comfortable by a huge margin. It measures 4760 mm in length, 1885 mm in width and 1880 mm in height.
The Toyota Prado also comes packed in with features like 7 airbags, parking sensors, fog lamps, Traction Control, EBD, ABS and ESP as standard. Other features include AC with climate control, power windows, remote, boot, rear wiper, rear defogger, electric driver seat adjustment and sun roof. The Toyota Prado is sold as only 1 variant, so in case you want to buy one, you get all these features and a lot more. The Toyota Prado comes in 5 shades; Black, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Greyish Blue Metallic and White Pearl CS. The Toyota Prado retails at a price of Rs. 57 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai).
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