The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Army is active, and is now available in a new Matte Black Edition in Japan. It follows the 70th Anniversary Edition that launched last year, just before the new Land Cruiser debuted.
The new Matte Black Edition doesn’t add any performance enhancements, but adds SUV style. Toyota added matte black trim all around, including the grille and grille inserts, fog lamp bezels, and headlamp trim. The SUV also received 18-inch matte black aluminum alloy wheels with six-spoke.
The update is insignificant as the aging SUV needs significant repairs. It’s smaller than the Land Cruiser, which entered a new generation last year and went on sale for the 2010 model year. The SUV market has changed significantly since then, and a new LC Prado may be coming soon.
Toyota launched the All-New Land Cruiser LC300 last year, delivering an all-new base model in the form of Toyota’s TNGA platform. The SUV received a major styling overhaul and a heavily revamped interior that aligns the model with the rest of the SUV segment. We expect the new Land Cruiser platform to support the revamped Land Cruiser Prado whenever an updated version arrives.
The Land Cruiser Prado is exclusively available in white or black. The new trim doesn’t change the SUV’s powertrain, which appears to continue to offer either a 201-horsepower (149-kilowatt) 2.8-liter diesel or a 2.7-liter 163-hp (121 kW) petrol engine. Power reaches all four wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Toyota is selling the Land Cruiser Prado Matte Black Edition for 4.3 to 5.1 million ($32,662 to $38,739 at today’s exchange rates). The Land Cruiser Prado is similar to the Lexus GX available in the US. It’s smaller than the standard Land Cruiser and designed to be a little less rugged than its sibling.