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22 Feb 2001

The Prado replaced the 4 Runner in the Toyota range Despite its urban sales base, Toyota research shows more than 25 per cent of Prados go off-road at least once a month Power-assisted rack and pinion steering is standard across the range All six-cylinder Prados offer eight-seat accommodation The mid-size LandCruiser Prado range includes seven models with a choice of two engines, three transmissions and four equipment levels The Prado comes with full-time four-wheel drive and two-speed transfer case V6 models carry as much as 159 litres of fuel while the four-cylinder RV has a 90-litre tank Prado's quad cam 3.4-litre V6 develops 132kW at 4800rpm and 303Nm at 3600rpm The mid-size LandCruiser Prado range includes seven models with a choice of two engines, three transmissions and four equipment levels Toyota claims Prado, which has a full ladder-frame chassis, passes future safety regulations including 40 per cent offset front barrier tests, rollover and side intrusion It was the first Toyota commercial vehicle to have seatbelt pretensioners as standard Dual airbags and ABS anti-lock brakes were standard on the range-topping VX and optional on the other modelsThe drag co-efficient is a low 0.42

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