Let’s first talk about the most interesting part of the new Land Cruiser Prado 250 – its design. It features a boxy motif, just like the recently debuted Lexus GX, and is inspired by its predecessor – the Land Cruiser J60’s overall shape. At the front, the new Land Cruiser Prado is decorated with rugged bits on its grille and a big portion of its bumper.
The classic ‘TOYOTA’ script logo is also back, further cementing its ties to the Land Cruiser heritage. Despite its “retro” looks, the Land Cruiser Prado still features LED headlights, which come in two designs – one with rounded LEDs, and another one with Lexus-style vertically arranged LEDs.
At the side, there are square-shaped side view mirrors, similar to the ones on the Lexus GX. The protruded wheel arches give the car a wider stance, finished with black wheel claddings. In fact, Toyota designers have finished the lower parts of the Land Cruiser in black to give it a “dual-tone” look, which does make the SUV look sportier in our opinion.
Dubbed a “light-duty” SUV, the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 is underpinned by the GA-F version of the brand’s TNGA platform. Also shared with its bigger brother, the Land Cruiser 300 series, Toyota says that the platform should allow the SUV to have improved off-road performance, and at the same time continue to be the reliable and practical SUV like in the past.
Thanks to the GA-F platform, the carmaker also claims the new Land Cruiser Prado 250 to have a significant increase in its rigidity – a 50% increase in frame rigidity and a 30% increase in overall rigidity. The basic suspension’s performance has been enhanced as well. Its wheel articulation has been improved which should allow better off-road performance and the ability for the tire to stay on the ground. The new Prado 250’s ride and handling both on- and off-road have been enhanced thanks to the inclusion of electric power steering (EPS).
Performance-wise the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 comes with 5 different powertrains, all designed for different markets. This includes the following:
|Engine||2.7-litre naturally aspirated (NA) petrol||2.4-litre turbocharged petrol||2.4-litre turbocharged mild-hybrid system||2.8-litre turbodiesel||2.8-litre turbodiesel 48V mild hybrid|
|Transmission||6-speed Super ECT automatic||Direct Shift 8-speed automatic||Direct Shift 8-speed automatic||Direct Shift 8-speed automatic||Direct-Shift 8-speed automatic|
|Max. horsepower||163 hp||281 hp||330 hp||204 hp||204 hp|
|Max. torque||246 Nm||430 Nm||630 Nm||500 Nm||500 Nm|
The boxy design motif continues on the Land Cruiser Prado 250’s interior. This includes the steering wheel, floating digital instrument panel and infotainment screen, and the centre air vents. Overall, the design looks rugged yet tidy, which matches its exterior, and is practical too with six seats.
Safety-wise, the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 comes with modern safety features, which include the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of advanced driver assistance systems. The new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 250 will be making its global market launch in the first half of 2024 in Japan.