1 Aug 1999
Improved frontal occupant safety, better refinement and more standard features defined the 95 Series’ ’99 facelift.
Improved middle-row seating and rear access, new instrumentation, upgraded audio and redesigned fabrics and trim sum up the cabin changes, while on the outside there were alterations to the grille, bumpers, tail-lights and colour palette.
A new VX model was introduced below the Grande.
In March 2000 Toyota introduced a 96kW/343Nm 3.0-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine to the Prado in RV, GXL, Grande (from October 2000) and exclusive-to-turbo-diesel TX guises.
Like the V6s, all featured eight seats and a 159-litre fuel tank.
Toyota continued the added-value Prado specials in the form of August 2000’s GXL V6-based Kimberley and May 2001’s 50th Anniversary edition.
There was also the Prado V6 and turbo-diesel Advantage of May 2002.
The Prado continued until the significantly larger and more refined 120 Series model replaced it in early 2003.