Toyota LandCruiser Prado loses spare tyre from rear door

The limited edition LandCruiser Prado Altitude.
The limited edition LandCruiser Prado Altitude.

THE Toyota LandCruiser Prado is available with is spare tyre hidden under the vehicle rather than on the rear door for the first time.

Priced from $68,520, the new Prado Altitude has a glass hatch in the tailgate for easier access to the cargo area without opening the door.

Despite the changes it retains an 87-litre fuel tank. A smaller second tank has been removed to allow for the wheel. 

Toyota says the Prado Altitude has $10,000 of additional features for just $4800 more than the automatic GXL diesel model on which it is based.

Standard gear includes leather-accented seats, which are trimmed with contrasting grey seat inserts and stitching on the bolsters and headrests. Also on the equipment list are a tilt-and-slide sunroof, Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with three wireless headphones and remote control, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, power front seats and rain-sensing wipers.

Inside the limited edition LandCruiser Prado.
Inside the limited edition LandCruiser Prado.

Chrome side mouldings, door handles and air-conditioning surrounds also distinguish the Prado Altitude, along with carbon fibre-look details on the dash panel and gearshift surround.

It also has Altitude badges and four paint choices: eclipse black (which is not offered on any other Prado), crystal pearl from VX and Kakadu, silver pearl and graphite.

Under the bonnet is the same 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

It retains GXL features including reversing camera, rear parking sensors, three-zone climate-controlled air-conditioning, audio controls on the steering wheel, smart entry and start and cruise control.

There are seven airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, hill-start assist control and downhill assist control.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the company and its dealers were keen to receive feedback from customers about the style and convenience of the new Prado Altitude rear design.

"In giving Prado a 'clean pair of heels' by moving the spare wheel and tyre, we've made the tailgate lighter and therefore easier to open - especially when the vehicle is parked facing down a hill," Mr Cramb said.

"Owners can also open the tailgate wider in cramped situations such as when parked close to other vehicles or using a towing hitch, plus there's the added convenience of the separate glass hatch.

"Prado Altitude retains an 87-litre fuel tank which offers a driving range of more than 1000km, giving customers a clear choice as the relocated spare replaces a second, smaller fuel tank."

The limited edition LandCruiser Prado Altitude.
The limited edition LandCruiser Prado Altitude.

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