• Jul 8, 2009
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado spy shots -- Click above for image gallery

A tipster in the Middle East has sent pics of what looks to be the area's next Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (known as the Lexus GX stateside). If it is the next version of the SUV, Toyota has gone for a massaging routine as opposed to brute force change. A reshaped front fascia contains swoopier headlights, a vertical-bar grille similar to that of the Australian model), and a raised lower bumper detail. The changes are minimal out back, with more pronounced taillamps and a unique U-shaped chrome taillamp garnish.

As the vehicle seen here is thought to be based on the same platform as the current model, it isn't clear if this is the same chassis that is expected to underpin America's next Toyota 4Runner/GX expected this Fall. In the Gulf region, Al Motor News figures that the predecessor's Toyota engines will carry over: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a 4.0-liter V6. The Gulf-market Lexus is also expected to get a 4.6-liter V8 engine option with 310 horsepower.

These shots were apparently taken at a dealer inventory lot, so it is assumed the Prado will be shown officially in the not-too-distant future. You can get a sneak preview for yourself in the gallery of photos below. Hat tip to Ebraheem!



[Source: Al Motor News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That grill and paint scheme are ugh-glee. (On the white one.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yep, a cheap looking vehicle from China with stupid aftermarket graphics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HOLY KRAP
      • 5 Years Ago
      So sad. It has gone from a serious off road work horse, to a cartoon character. It looks like a Chinese knockoff of a Land Cruiser!
      • 5 Years Ago
      P.V. you are would be right if they replaced the 4runner in the U.S. with this new prado, but the chances of that are not likely. Otherwise, no. The one thing that this thing has running for it over its competitors (few if any in my opinion) is that is a TRUE SUV not a CUV gay asss car van wanna look like an suv thing. This uses body on frame construction and TRUE locking diffs, yielding actual off-road capability, and lots of it.

      The new LandCruiser has a hideous set of taillights, otherwise i see nothing wrong with it other than needing a "clean" turbodiesel (V8 or a 6cyl) in the U.S. for some less pitiful fuel economy. It is a real luxury truck, true to its roots, not too flashy, with plenty of capability and luxury, and no nonsense.

      An LX crossover would be plain ridiculous. The RX models are for those wannabees. Landcruiser, GX and LX are real trucks, just real dressed up. Keep it that way.

      Mike, I agree with you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well the GX BADLY needed an update. This looks okay to me. The back is almost the same, though. For a vehicle that's been around for so long without any changes, I find this kind of disappointing. I wonder what the interior looks like. It had better have some new technologies and more power..

      Sal Collaziano
      http://www.planetlexus.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      That pile of crap almost looks worse than a Pontiac Aztek.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow that is ugly, man, more plastic on the outside body than a 90's pontiac
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could do without the ugly grille, and the goofy '80s striping.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lexus GX: The Passionate pursuit of stagnation
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the Winnebego RV stripes on the side. NOT!

      Front to back, top to bottom, that thing is just gross. Yuck!
      • 5 Years Ago
      funny but people will still buy because it comes with a Toyota badge and the credentials under the ugly skin....
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