Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

All-new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Review: “An SUV that has an amazingly clean diesel engine” by Hiroshi Matsushita

The Land Cruiser Prado was recently improved, and its four-liter v6 gasoline engine has now been replaced with a clean new-generation diesel engine.

The newly equipped engine is a 1GD-FTV, a 2.8L straight-4 common rail diesel engine with a variable geometry turbocharger and intercooler. It uses both future-generation high thermal insulation diesel combustion and a highly efficient turbocharger used in compact SUVs. Hence, it adopts a selective catalytic reduction realized through low emission technology that conforms with recent regulations, together with the installation of an overwhelmingly high power performance that exhibits high torque even in low rotations.

Its power performance is 130kW/450Nm, and it achieves a fuel consumption of 11.8km/L in JCO8 mode. This has a better fuel consumption compared to the existing gasoline engine. And if its fuel cost becomes cheaper, the fuel economy will increase remarkably.

My impression towards its running performance is that its power is prominent in low spreed driving. By just lightly stepping on the accelerator pedal, I was able to drive smoothly, and it forcefully pushed the heavyweight body of the Prado. The 450Nm torque is suited to a 4.5L gasoline engine so it is naturally strong.

Moreover, its maximum torque generates 1,600 rotations, and since it can move up to 2,400 rotations, you can immediately drive using its maximum torque when you start the car, and it can output maximum torque even within most urban areas.

If you step on the accelerator hard, the tachometer needle will immediately rise, and it will pull up to 4,000 rotations and shift in the top gear. When I test drove it in full speed, I could reach a speed wherein an average gasoline operated car could not follow me.

The vibrations and noise usually found in diesel-operated cars have also been reduced. When I heard the idling sound as I was standing outside of this car, I was able to hear the high noise from the high voltage direct injection diesel engine, but I could almost not hear it when I was in the driver’s seat. When I started driving, its average quietness is like that of a gasoline-operated car that made me forget that it was actually a diesel.

It may take more effort to equip it in passenger cars, but this engine is very fascinating to use in SUVs.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★

Hiroshi Matsushita | Car Critic

Born in 1951 in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture. Former journalist for the car industry and editor of a car magazine, now a freelancer. Known for his strengths in economic discussions of cars and money, such as tax, insurance, and various expenses. Writes an online diary.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)