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Meet the new tough-as-nails Toyota LandCruiser Prado Australia is set to miss out on as a Nissan Patrol Warrior rival

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The Toyota LandCruiser Prado has been toughened up
The Toyota LandCruiser Prado has been toughened up

The Toyota LandCruiser Prado has been toughened up in every which way, with Japanese accessories company Modellista releasing a catalogue of upgrades ready to be fitted to what Japan calls the LandCruiser 250.

Modellista is a Toyota subsidiary – one of a labyrinth of smaller brands owned by the automotive giant – with the accessory outfitters often turning their attention to Toyota's 4WD portfolio.

And the Prado is no different, with Modellista developing a comprehensive "body kit" package for the Prado.

The kit includes a front bumper guard with a new metal underbody skid plate, new over-arch fenders, 'blade'-style headlights, a roof spoiler, new side mouldings and a rear bumper step guard, along with bespoke 20-inch alloys.

Inside, you can option an illuminated dash panel and LED foot lighting, while outdoor adventure types can choose an inflatable mattress to roll up in the boot.

The bad news? Despite being a Toyota company, we're unlikely to see the Modellista package offered in Australia, where customers will instead choose from a new five-strong model line-up spanning $72,500 to $99,990.

Still, our model is no capability slouch, thanks to full-time four-wheel drive with a low-range transfer case, a locking centre differential and a 3500kg braked towing capacity.

Under the bonnet, a familiar 2.8-litre turbo-diesel produces 150kW/500Nm, albeit this time paired with a ‘V-Active’ 48-volt system and an eight-speed automatic.

The Prado will launch in Australia in the coming months, with Toyota promising a H2 2024 debut for the hotly anticipated 4WD.

Andrew Chesterton
Contributing Journalist
Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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