Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

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Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Toyota Land Cruiser 3.0 D-4D Life (J15) – Frontansicht, 17. März 2012, Ratingen.jpg
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 1984–present
Model years 1985–present
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Predecessor Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is a mid-size four-wheel drive vehicle in the Toyota Land Cruiser range. It is produced by the Japanese car maker, Toyota Motor Corporation. The Prado is one of the smaller vehicles in the range. The 2014 Prado is based on Toyota's J150 platform.

In Europe the 2014 Prado is designated Land Cruiser LC3, LC4, and LC5, depending on the equipment levels. The Prado may also be referred to as Land Cruiser LC70, LC90, LC120, and LC150 depending on the platform. In North America it is not part of the Land Cruiser range; the Toyota 4Runner replaces the Prado with basic trim while the Lexus GX 470 replaces the Prado with luxury trim. The GX 470 uses practically identical body panels and V8 engine.

Prados have ladder frames, two-speed transfer boxes and rear beam axles. The J70 platform has a front beam axle while the J90, J120, and J150 platforms have front independent suspension.

The 2014 Prado is available in GX, GXL, VX, and Grande versions. The GX is the entry level model, while the Grande is the luxury version. In most markets the Prado is available with a 4.0 L V6 petrol engine or 3.0 L straight 4 Diesel engine. It is also available in 4.6 L V8 petrol. In some European countries commercial van variants, based on the short-wheelbase chassis. are available.

As of 2014, the LC Prado is available in every Toyota market, except, the U.S., Canada (both available as the Lexus GX), Mexico, and South Korea.

Predecessor (J70: 1984–1990)[edit]

Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Light
(LJ71G, Japan)

First developed as the light-duty vehicle of the 70 Series, in November 1984. Available only in short body, and there were options for soft top or hard top (metal top). Names like Land Cruiser II, Land Cruiser, and Bundera were made for these 'Light Duty' Land Cruisers. The Bundera was a medium wheelbase two-door with a plastic top and barn doors at the rear. There were three options for the engine, the 2.4 L (2366 cc) 22R petrol engine and 2.4 L (2446 cc) 2L and 2L-T diesel and turbo diesel engines. Transmission for the gasoline engine is the G52 type while the diesels used the R150 and R151 types. These were the same engines and transmission used in 4Runner, in cooperation with Hino.

First generation (J70: 1990–1996)[edit]

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado semi long
(LJ78G, Japan)

In April 1990, a new type was introduced. The front grille, front fenders and engine hood were redesigned. The head lamp design changed as well. At the same time the sub name Prado was attached, but names like Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser II were still used in other parts of the world besides Japan. Prado, which means meadow or field in Portuguese, the new line from Land Cruiser was marketed toward more on-road purposes, despite a body-on-frame design which was highly capable off-road.

In Japan it came with electronic fuel injection and a four speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 L turbo diesel engine with 71 kW (97 PS; 95 hp) and 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) high torque unit was installed. The line up included 2-door and 4-door versions available in SX, LX or EX (4 door only) grades of trim.

The front suspension was changed to a "shock absorber through spring" design to improve handling. With the touch of a button you could switch between stages of absorber. The 22R gasoline engine was upgraded to the 22R-E (electronic fuel injection) engine, the diesel engines were replaced by the 2.8 L (2776 cc) 3L engine, and the 2.4 L (2446 cc) 2L-T turbo diesel engine was replaced by the electronically injected 2L-TE turbo diesel engine. In 1993, the 22R-E gasoline engine was replaced by the 2.7 L (2693 cc) 3RZ-FE gasoline engine and the 2L-TE turbo diesel engine was replaced by the 3.0 L (2982 cc) 1KZ-T turbo diesel engine with aluminium cylinder head. The 1KZ-TE was able to reduce NOx and soot. The dash board was replaced with a new design with minor changes to suspension, brakes, and trim details.

Second generation (J90: 1996–2002)[edit]

1996-1999 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (VZJ95R) GXL wagon (2011-03-10).jpg
Also called BAIC XB624
Toyota Merú (Venezuela 2-door)[1]
Production 1996–2002
Assembly Japan: Tahara, Aichi
Colombia: Envigado (Sofasa)
Engine 2.7 L 3RZ I4 (petrol)
3.0 L 5L I4 (diesel)
3.0 L 1KZ I4 (turbocharged diesel)
3.4 L 5VZ V6 (petrol)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
1996–1999 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 2 Door 2.7 RX Type S (RZJ90W, Japan)
1996–1999 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (VZJ95R) VX Grande, Australia

In May 1996, the J70 series underwent a makeover and emerged as the J90 series Prado, an independent series. The body was lengthened. The design remained medium duty, like the J70. The front suspension was replaced with an independent design, shared with Tacoma and Hilux Surf, made by Hino. The J90 was made by Tahara Plant, available as a three-door short wheelbase and five-door long wheelbase version.

In Japan, the 3-door series started with an R in the series ranging from RZ, RX, RS to RJ while the 5-door line-up started with T in the series ranging from TZ, TX, TS, to TJ. All models came with front double wishbone and 4 linked suspension as well as full-time 4WD. ABS and a Field Monitor showing altimeter, thermometer and pressure were standard in all the models. The field monitor was not available as standard equipment in South Africa. Television display and audio set was optional.

Gasoline engines included the 2.7 L (2693 cc) 3RZ-FE and, new in Prado models, the 3.4 L (3378 cc) V6 5VZ-FE. Diesel engines were the 2.8 L (2776 cc) 3L engine, the 3.0 L (2986 cc) 5L engine and the 3.0 L (2982 cc) 1KZ-TE.

There was also a luxury version of the J90, called the Challenger.[citation needed] Features of the Challenger are standard leather seats and wood on the dash.

By June 1999, minor changes were made. In order to follow new laws, fog-lamps were added to the bumper, except in South Africa. In July 2000, a new diesel engine, the 3.0 L (2982 cc) Common Rail Diesel Injection (D-4D) 1KD-FTV was introduced into this model. To reduce theft, an engine immobilizer was available. TX Limited with 8 seats used TX base with roof rail, rear under mirror, wood panel finish, armrest, optitron meter, base cooling as well as rear heater was introduced into this series.

The Prado was assembled by Sofasa in Colombia from 1999 until 2009 without significant changes. There were two versions, a 3-door with a 2.7 L engine and 5-door with a 3.4 L V6 engine with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.[citation needed] Between 2005 and 2009 they offered an optional armoured version of the 5-door version.[citation needed]

When the Prado was launched in the UK in 1996, it was called the Land Cruiser Colorado and replaced the 4Runner, which had been discontinued from sale. It was called this to distinguish it from the larger Land Cruiser – renamed as the Land Cruiser Amazon – which was already on sale. It dropped the Colorado name tag in 2003, when it was renamed simply Land Cruiser. In the Republic of Ireland most Land Cruisers were sold as commercials with the side windows and seats removed for tax reasons.

Third generation (J120: 2002–2009)[edit]

Toyota Land Cruiser front 20071126.jpg
Also called Lexus GX (J120)
Production July 2002–2009
Assembly Japan: Tahara, Aichi
India: Bangalore
Designer Lance Scott (1999, 2000)[2]
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door wagon
5-door wagon
Related Toyota 4Runner
  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado GXL (Australia)

Appearing in 2002, the third generation Prado has revised front suspension to improve reliability. Development began in 1997 and design work in 1998, with the winning proposal originating from Lance Scott of the Toyota ED2 design studio in France in late 1999.

Engines include the 2.7 L (2693 cc) straight-4 3RZ-FE, 3.4 L (3378 cc) V-6 5VZ-FE and 3.0 L (2982 cc) straight-4 Turbo diesel 1KZ-TE. In countries like China, a newly developed engine 1GR-FE V6 is available. The engine immobilizer became standard equipment in some markets.

In August 2004, the 3RZ-FE engine was replaced by 2.7 L (2694 cc) 2TR-FE engine and in July of the same year, the 5VZ-FE engine was replaced by 4.0 L (3955 cc) V6 1GR-FE engine with 5-speed automatic transmission available in late 2005. In North America, this model is known as the Lexus GX 470 with the 4.7 L (4663 cc) V8 2UZ-FE engine.

Diesel models have had the 1KZ-TE turbo diesel engine with maximum output rating 96 kW (131 PS; 129 hp) as well as the 5L-E natural aspirated diesel engine rating 70 kW (95 PS; 94 hp). In November 2006, Toyota introduced the 1KD-FTV Turbo Diesel (D-4D engine to meet Euro IV emission standards. This engine delivers 127 kW (173 PS; 170 hp) of power and 410 N·m (300 lb·ft) of torque. The upgrade to the D-4D engine was also matched with transmission upgrades to the diesel range, with the 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions added in line with the petrol powered range. From August 2007 the Prado received several equipment and safety upgrades. The car has won 3 awards for the best performance on a SUV type vehicle in Australia and US.

The 120-series Land Cruiser Prado shares the same suspension parts as the current generation Hilux Surf/4Runner and FJ Cruiser.

There is a shorter three door version of the 120-series, with a 125-code instead of 120. Engines are the same, most features are the same; just the 1KZ-TE was only available in five door version. The three door wagon features only two seat rows. The fuel tank is limited to 87 L, no sub-fuel-tank system available.

For model year 2007 on Japanese models only, G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service, is offered as an option. In China, Dadi Auto made a clone of the suv called the Dadi Shuttle. The Japanese Prado consisted of 6 trim levels known as Gx, Tx, Tz, Tx Limited, Tzg and Tz limited. The highest specification model known as Tz limited consisted of features like front driver and passenger heated seats, heated exterior mirrors, adjustable air suspension, hill start assist control downhill assist control, central differential lock and sometimes engine auto heating.

Fourth generation (J150: 2009–present)[edit]

2009-2011 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (KDJ150R) VX 5-door wagon (2011-10-25) 01.jpg
Also called Lexus GX 460
Production 2009–present
Model years 2010–present
Assembly Japan: Tahara, Aichi
Russia: Vladivostok (2013–)[3]
China: Sichuan
Body and chassis
Body style 3/5-door SUV
Layout Front engine / four-wheel drive

2.7 L I4 2TR-FE
4.0 L V6 1GR-FE
4.6 L V8 1UR-FE
3.0 L I4 1KD-FTV turbo diesel

3.0 L I4 5L-E diesel

2.8 L I4 1GD-FTV turbo diesel (June 2015–)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,850 mm (112.2 in)
Length 4,855 mm (191.1 in) (five door, interior spare wheel)
4,930 millimetres (194.1 in) (five door, exterior spare wheel)
Width 1,938 mm (76.3 in)
Height 1,845 mm (72.6 in)
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Altitude (KDJ150R, pre-facelift, Australia)
Toyota Land Cruiser Life (KDJ150, pre-facelift, Europe)
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 3-door (pre-facelift, Australia)
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado GXL (KDJ150R, facelift, Australia)

The fourth generation has been available in some markets since October 2009. There are two base variants, five-door and three-door. The five door variant in the general market is offered in TXL & VXL grades – which are much more option packed. This generation of Prado features advanced 4WD and an array of electronic gadgets. This generation of the Prado is offered in the US badged as the 2010 model year Lexus GX 460 with luxury trim.

Depending on the market, the fourth generation is available with an under-floor mounted or rear door mounted spare wheel. For example, UK vehicles have the spare wheel mounted under the floor, while in Australia and Argentina the spare wheel is mounted on the rear door, leaving space for an auxiliary fuel tank, which is desirable in countries where long journeys in isolated areas may be required. The fuel capacity of the dual tank series four is 150 L compared to 179 L of the series three.

The removable third row three-seaters of the J120 were replaced by fold-into-floor seats which seat only two people – which is also responsible for a loss of cargo capacity, the reduction in duel fuel capacity and usable height in the cargo compartment. On the higher end VX and Kakadu models, there are six camera positions enabling viewing to the front and down, to the side both front and rear, and to the rear. The engine remained the same, although the automatic gear change points were altered for maximum fuel economy rather than maximum performance, even in Sports mode.


The fourth generation Prado was released in Australia on 16 November 2009. Five-door models include the GX, GXL, VX, and the high-end Kakadu. The Altitude model, introduced in 2012, is priced between the GXL and VX, and has satellite navigation, two-way moon roof, leather accented trim, and 7" Fujitsu-Ten touch-screen/multimedia center.[4] Three-door shorter wheelbase models include the SX and ZR.[5]

In late 2013, Toyota dropped the badly selling 2-door Prado variants.[6] 2013 also saw a refresh, with more standard equipment, new front panels, and new headlights. Higher specification models received LED headlights and suspension improvements.[citation needed]


Engines and trim levels are: [7]

Engine Trim
2.7 L 2TR-FE 120 kW (160 PS; 160 hp), 246 N·m (181 lb·ft) TX L Package
TX 5 seat
4.0 L 1GR-FE 202 kW (275 PS; 271 hp), 381 N·m (281 lb·ft) TZ-G

Monthly sales target for Japan is 1,000 units.[8]


  1. ^ "Toyota Merú" (in Spanish). Toyota Venezuela. Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. 
  2. ^ "New Prado packs punch". WebWombat. 2003. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Land Cruiser Prado Now Assembled in Russia". 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  4. ^ "2012 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Altitude launched". 
  5. ^ "Toyota Prado: Specification Summary (Australia)". 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Toyota Sharpens Best-Selling Prado Range" (Press release). Australia: Toyota. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Land Cruiser specs (Japan)" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  8. ^ "2010 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Review". Taume News. 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 

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