Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Loses Manual TransmissionJuly 8, 2020
Japanese automaker Toyota intends to upgrade Land Cruiser Prado in Australia.
The modernization will affect the technical equipment of the car – it will add to productivity, acquire a new infotainment complex and many previously unavailable assistants to the driver, but it will lose the manual transmission in the GX and GXL variations.
The output of a 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine of 2.8 liters will increase from 177 hp. (450 Nm) up to 204 hp (500 Nm). The restyled Prado will be available exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission. So, for the first time in 24 years of presence in the Australian car market, the model will no longer be offered with manual transmission.
The multimedia complex of the new product will receive integration functions with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto gadgets, in turn, the CD player and audio jack are expected to disappear.
In addition, the Japanese manufacturer will expand the list of assistants to the restyled model with new systems, such as emergency braking, lane keeping and recognition of speed signs.
According to the local Car Advice agency, the production of the updated Prado will start next month, and its sales should begin as early as this fall.
In addition, it was recently noted that Toyota has patented a unique technology of wheel rotation, which is likely to be used on stand-alone or semi-autonomous city cars.
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