For the longest time now, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has been on sale in the Philippines with the old but reliable 1KD-FTV 3.0-liter D-4D turbo diesel engine that produces 163 hp and 410 Nm of torque. Even when the Land Cruise Prado underwent a facelift in 2017, Toyota’s high-end SUV continued to soldier on with this engine. Thankfully, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has finally addressed that as it quietly launches the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
The main highlight of this upgrade is that it finally receives the new 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV inline-4 turbo diesel engine that was launched back in August in the Japanese market Land Cruiser Prado. This engine now produces 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque. If the power figures sound familiar to you, that’s because it’s using the same upgraded diesel engine as the recently unveiled 2021 Toyota Fortuner and Hilux. With this engine, the 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has the highest torque figure in any Prado in history.
In comparison, the most powerful engine in the Prado line-up globally is the aforementioned 4.0-liter V6 gasoline engine that produces 271 hp but a lot less torque at 381 Nm. For the 2021 model year, this engine is still offered by TMP for those who desire a gasoline powertrain.
As for transmission choices, the old 3.0-liter diesel engine used to have a 5-speed automatic. Now the new diesel engine has six gears. The 4.0-liter V6 still features a 6-speed automatic.
As for the rest of the design, it still remains unchanged both inside and out since its facelift in 2017. That isn’t exactly a bad thing though, as the 2021 Land Cruiser Prado’s design is still elegant and imposing. Some of its features include LED head and taillights, smart entry with push-button start, leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, and a touch screen infotainment system.
The 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado is now on sale on all Toyota dealers nationwide. Because of the upgraded diesel engine, the diesel variant now costs P4,170,000. With a P69,000 price increase, the diesel Prado is dangerously close to the base price of the full-size Toyota Land Cruiser. On the other hand, the gasoline variant costs P3,369,000, a P6,000 increase compared to the previous model.