The 2017 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Altitude has returned to the Prado line-up, delivering a claimed $10,000 of added features for a $5,000 premium.
Based on the Prado GXL turbo-diesel the stand-out feature of the Altitude is that it’s spare tyre is stowed underneath the rear of the vehicle rather than on the tailgate, a good thing if you regularly traverse rough roads.
The tailgate is as a result, is lighter and easier to use.
“Buyers will appreciate all the new features that make Prado Altitude even more luxurious and practical, including a lighter tailgate that is easier to open – particularly useful in tight city parking,” said Mr Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing.
The flip-side is that the spare wheel takes the place of that much loved Prado second fuel tank, limiting the Prado to a still reasonable 87 litres of fuel from the single main tank.
Other external changes that set the Altitude apart from a regular GXL Prado, include a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-slide moonroof, auto-levelling LED headlamps and chrome side mouldings.
Inside, the special-edition Prado gets black leather-accented upholstery, power-operated front seats – eight-way for the driver and four-way for the passenger. There’s also a JBL 14-speaker audio system with digital (DAB+) radio.
For backseat passengers, there’s a Blu-ray rear entertainment system that features a ceiling-mounted 9-inch monitor and 5.1-channel surround sound, along with three wireless headphones and a remote control.
Using the Prado GXL as a base means that the Altitude comes equipped with standard GXL equipment, including a reversing camera, a seven-inch display screen with satellite navigation, cruise control, three-zone climate-controlled air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, audio controls on the steering wheel and keyless smart entry and ignition.
Other standard safety features fitted to every Prado include seven airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, hill-start assist control and downhill assist control.
Prado Altitude is powered by Toyota’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 130Kw and 450Nm. Combined-cycle fuel economy is a claimed 8.0 litres per 100km.
The Prado Altitude is available in four colours – black and the $550 option of silver peal, crystal pearl and graphite.
It is covered by Toyota Service Advantage with services capped at $240 for each of up to six standard scheduled services.