Is there anything interesting about its design?
It looks a lot less awkward now than it has over the life of this generation of Prado, which has been around since 2009. There was the original model that launched in 2009, then a facelift in 2013, and now this updated, restyled model has launched at the end of 2017.
The new horizontal headlights certainly help broaden the look of the Prado in lieu of the old Praying Mantis-like lights of the pre-facelift model, but the GX misses out on the Bi-LED headlights that the rest of the range get. The heavily re-sculpted front bumper certainly helps to offset the vertical bars of the grille. It looks a lot more like its big brother, the 200 Series, at the front end, while the rear is still distinctly Prado, even though it has new tail-lights and a smaller garnish on the numberplate surround.
It looks neater outside, for sure, and in the higher-spec versions (without the all-black grille) there’s definitely a bit to like about the redesign. But you need to bear in mind that the approach angle isn’t as good as it used to be - now 30.4 degrees, where it used to be 32deg, and the departure angle is less, too, now 23.5deg (was 25deg). Ground clearance is down by a millimetre, to 219mm.
It’s not just outside that has seen a spruce, though - the interior sees a new steering wheel, a redesigned dashboard with better button placement and controls, and the top of the dashboard is a slightly lower profile, which Toyota says makes it easier to see out of. I would have thought a Prado sits up high enough to make it easy to see out of anyway.