Al Futtaim Motors launches 2018 Land Cruiser Prado in UAE

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Staff Report

Dubai – Continuing the legacy of the powerful four-wheel drive performance and unrivaled off-road capabilities, the new 2018 Land Cruiser Prado has been officially launched by Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility since 2008 and exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE.
The new Prado comes with a more robust exterior, sophisticated and intuitive interior design in addition to improved driving abilities and user-friendliness, both on- and off-road, cementing its reputation as one of the world’s toughest and most reliable SUVs.
Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Toyota at Al-Futtaim Motors said: “Land Cruiser Prado has maintained its leadership of the Midsize SUV category with 25% market share of the segment, making it by far one of our best performing vehicles. The new Prado’s advanced robustness, expressed through its modern styling and cutting-edge technology, and reliable performance make it not only a prime choice for families and off-roaders, but also a favorite model among many fleet operators, thanks to its high quality, durability and reliability and low total cost of ownership.”

More dynamic, modern, robust styling
The exterior design of successive Prado generations has always combined stylish aesthetics with the robust image of durability and power expected from a genuine four-wheel drive machine.
The new Prado builds on this proven and trusted formula with a unique design which is visually more agile and dynamic, yet maintains three core strengths essential to the vehicle’s renowned go-anywhere credentials, namely, ‘Total Practicality’ ‘Total Durability’ and ‘Total Capability’.
With the newly designed bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps, front bumper and fenders, the front of the Prado draws on several structural elements from its unique design heritage.
Organised into a powerful, single graphic form, the radiator grille and headlamps have been placed high for greater off-road functionality. The grille openings are as large as possible to allow for optimum engine cooling performance, while the headlamp main beams are positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles during off-road driving.
In keeping with the Prado heritage, the grille features broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings finished in chrome. Integrating high and low beams, a front turn signal lamp and Daytime Running Lights (DRL) within a distinctive casing, the headlamp clusters may be equipped with either halogen or LED/halogen headlamps, the latter incorporating LED DRL.
In profile, the front bumper peak has been raised, and the bonnet, fender line, front bumper and rear bumper are now aligned on the same horizontal axis, giving the new Prado a more athletic and dynamic posture. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by a choice of six-spoke 17’’ alloys, or a high gloss painted 18’’ alloy wheel.
Looking at the Prado from the back, new rear elements now include a redesigned lamp cluster featuring an LED stop light, a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated within the number plate surround and a restyled bumper with a kicked-up base to the protruding corners.

Sophisticated and Intuitive Interior
Combining improved operability with refined finish, the interior of the new Prado features revised dashboard styling that incorporates new designs for the driver’s instrument panel and center console
The top of the new center console tower has been lowered for a sleeker appearance and improved front visibility when driving off-road.
In the redesigned, four-gauge driver’s instrument binnacle, the precision ‘Optitron’ meters feature a metallic base panel and spin-polished dials with raised scale markings. They flank a 4.2’’ TFT color Multi-Information Display* which provides drivers with a comprehensive vehicle and infotainment data. Controlled via steering wheel mounted switchgear, the display features on-screen content including driving, vehicle, navigation, audio, driver assistance and warning message information.
The heightened luxury and sophistication of the new interior design have been further enhanced by new, white illumination for the instrument panel, center console and door switchgear. A new interior lighting scheme incorporates LED front footwell, glove box lamps, and door panel illumination for high-quality cabin ambiance.
A high-definition 9-inch full-color multimedia screen enables centralized control of navigation and audiovisual systems which complements the rearview monitor to guide the driver while backing up the car. In addition to AM/FM radio and a DVD player, the JBL system optimally positions 14 speakers through the cabin, creating a quality sound space. The amplifier is compatible with Clari-Fi, a compressed audio restoration technology that helps play the music as close to its original audio quality by recreating the high-range and low-range sounds, as well as sounds of the natural vocal and stereo feelings that are usually suppressed when saving files in the MP3 format.
The system also features Bluetooth support and has USB and mini-jack inputs offering external audio input, enabling the driver and passengers to easily connect playback devices to enjoy their favorite music. Rear seat passengers can also enjoy video from DVDs, Blu-ray discs and other sources on the large, retractable 9-inch LCD monitor.
As for the front seats, the driver seat is equipped with 8-way power seat along with power lumbar support, and the front passenger seat is available with 4-way power seat. The 2nd-row seat there has a 40:20:40 split-folding, sliding and reclining configuration. The 3rd-row 50:50 split seats are powered and can be easily operated either from inside the car or from the back door.
Storage points are provided all around the cabin. Front seat storage includes a capacious glove box, overhead sunglasses holder (with built-in conversation mirror), two cup holders, and large front door pockets with built-in bottle holders. There is also a large storage box, available with cooling function, under the center console armrest and is big enough to hold four half-liter bottles and fitted with an upper-level tray. Second-row passengers are served by seatback pockets, center armrest twin cup holders and door pockets with bottle holders. Cup holders are provided for third-row occupants, too. Twelve-volt power outlets are provided in the front and second rows, with a 220V AC power outlet in the load space.
But that’s not all when we talk about storage, as the powered third-row seats have under-floor storage function giving the Prado extra load capacity. A toolbox is stowed in a purpose-designed compartment in the tailgate.
The air conditioning for the Prado is designed to maintain peak performance even when the vehicle is being driven in extreme climates. The fully-automatic system provides triple-zone, independent temperature control.

Powerful engine and superior driving dynamics
The new Prado is available in two engine options including a 4-cylinder 2.7-liter in-line 16-valve DOHC format with VVT-i producing 164 hp and up to 25.1 kg-m and a V6 engine 4.0-liter 24-valve DOHC with dual VVT-I producing 271 hp and up to 38.9 kg-m.
Both petrol engines are mated with a 6-speed ‘Super-Intelligent Electronically’-controlled automatic transmission with multi-mode sequential shift mode that allows the driver to select gears manually, making it ideal for added control in challenging weather conditions. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com