The Toyota Prado, or Land Cruiser Prado as it is also known, is classified as a mid-size four-wheel drive vehicle that is manufactured by Japanese carmaker Toyota. This vehicle is one of the smallest vehicles in the Toyota Land Cruiser range and the 2014 version is based on the J150 platform. The most recent model Prado is available as the Land Cruiser LC3, LC4, and LC5 in Europe, each of which come with different equipment and features. The Prado is also sometimes called the LC70, LC90, LC120, and LC150, depending on the platform that is used.
Prado models have ladder frames as well as 2-speed transfer boxes and rear beam axles. The J70 platform comes with a front beam axle, while the J90, J120, and J150 platforms use front independent suspension. The 2014 Prado comes in a number of versions, including the GX, GXL, VX, and Grande Versions. The GX is the base model, whereas the Grande is the luxury model. In a majority of markets, the Prado comes with a 4.0 liter V6 petrol engine or a 3.0 liter straight-4 Diesel engine. There are also certain European markets where a commercial van variant is available, and it is based on the short-wheelbase chassis.
The LC Prado became available in every Toyota market in 2014, with the exception of South Korea, Mexico, and the U.S, though it is available as the Lexus GX in the latter market. This vehicle was initially developed as the light-duty vehicle of 70 Series in November of 1984. The J70 was available only in short body form and there were a number of options for soft top and hard top (metal top) models. These light-duty Land Cruisers had a number of different names, including the Land Cruiser II, the Bundera, and simply the Land Cruiser.
A new type of vehicle was introduced in April of 1990 with a different front grille, engine hood, and front fenders. The head lamp design for this first generation vehicle was changed as well. This vehicle came with electronic fuel injection in the Japanese market as well as a 4-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 liter turbo diesel engine with 71 kW or 95 horsepower and 240 N m of torque was installed. This lineup included both 2-door and 4-door versions which were available with the SX, LX, and EX trim levels.
The second generation Prado came out in May of 1996 and underwent a number of changes. The body of this vehicle was significantly lengthened, though it did remain medium-duty, similar to the J70. The front suspension on this vehicle was replaced with an independent design which was also used with the Tacoma and Hilux Surf. The 3-door series, which was made available in Japan, started with an R in the series, including the RZ, RX, RS, and RJ, while the five-door lineup included the TZ, TX, TS, and TJ. All of these models used a front double wishbone design and a 4 linked suspension.
The fourth and most recent generation of this vehicle hit certain markets in October of 2009 and there were two different base models available, including a 5-door one and a 3-door one. The 5-door version of this vehicle is offered in TXL and VXL grades, which are packed with a number of different options. This generation of the Prado comes with advanced 4-wheel drive as well as a variety of new electronics. The fourth generation Prado came out in November of 2009 in Australia with 5-door variants that included the GX, GXL, and VX trim levels. The Toyota Prado is easily one of the more popular vehicles from this automaker and continues to attract many consumers today.