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Petrol Prado is back

Petrol Prado is back

New Grand Land Cruiser

Toyota has added a 4 litre V6 petrol engine to its Land Cruiser Prado line-up.

Available only in the top VX Limited grade, the new petrol engine is on sale now for $106,690.

Toyota New Zealand general manager of sales and operations, Steve Prangnell says the company originally did not offer the petrol model due to fuel prices, but there had been customer demand.

"When we launched the new model Prado last year it was then a diesel-only line-up as the price of petrol was skyrocketing," says Prangnell. "Since then we have had many customers ask for the petrol version so we are responding to the voice of the customer by introducing this 4-litre V6 version."

Prado's 4-litre 1GR-FE V6 petrol engine delivers 202 kW of power at 5,600 rpm and 381 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Like the diesel models it has a fulltime 4WD system with lockable Torsen centre differential and a two-speed transfer plus electronic KDSS (kinetic dynamic suspension system), adaptive variable suspension (AVS) and height adjustable rear suspension.

The petrol Prado will tow up to 2500 kg with a braked trailer, and 750 kg with an unbraked unit.

Vehicle stability ontrol (VSC) and active traction control (A-TRC) are also standard.

All new Prado models, including this new petrol, have front SRS airbags, front seat side, driver's knee and full length three row curtain shield airbags, as well as active front headrests for advanced crash protection.

All models feature a smart entry and start system, 3.5mm and USB audio input jacks, Bluetooth handsfree phone capability, reversing camera, parking sensors, and an alarm system.

The petrol Prado also features 18 inch alloy wheels, under floor mounted spare wheel, electrochromatic interior rear view mirror, front and side view cameras, front parking sensors, HID headlights with adaptive front-lighting system (AFS), headlight cleaners, three zone climate control air conditioning, front seat heaters, leather seat material, with power adjustable front seats, Optitron instruments, power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column, front fog lights, a glass hatch in the rear door, roof rails, and rear privacy glass.

The petrol version has the same specifications as the VX Limited diesel model, such as a pre-crash safety system, dynamic radar cruise control, leather and woodgrain style steering wheel, six disc CD/DVD changer with 14 speakers, satellite navigation system, coolbox, front seat memory system, woodgrain style console, rear seat entertainment system with 9" screen, and a tilt and slide sunroof. ®

Isuzu gets chassis cab models

Chassis Cab

The Isuzu D-Max ute range has been extended with the addition of new 4WD Space Cab and single cab chassis versions.

With its smaller cab area - effectively one and a half rows of seats - the Space Cab allows a larger load length, and is available in New Zealand now.

"It means we now offer every body variant in the ute lineup," says Isuzu general manager Greg MacDonald.

"Adding to the appeal of the Space Cab is the standard fitment of cruise control, air conditioning, electric windows and the two foldable 'dicky' seats that tip away when not in use for extra space inside the cab." The single cab version has a simpler specification in keeping with its workhorse application.

Both versions use Isuzu's current 3-litre diesel engine. £

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Commercial Vehicles

New Ranaer full of stowaae room

A pre-production new Ranger with all the stuff it can carry in bins, lockers, and other stowage areas inside the cab.

Ford in Australia has started to drip-feed information about the next Ranger, shown at the Sydney Motor Show last year, and due for release here at the end of the year.

Ford says the all-new Ranger Double Cab has 23 practical stowage spaces in its cabin - the biggest number in its segment, including an 8.5-litre deep centre console bin which can keep up to six drinks cool with a duct blowing cold air from the air-conditioner.

It is big enough to hold CDs, 600-millilitre bottles and takeaway food containers. The console bin also has an upper tray to store a mobile phone, wallet and coins.

At the same time the engineers say they have found innovative solutions to convert unused space into viable storage areas.

Door pockets can easily fit 1.5-litre bottles while the glove box is big enough for a 40 cm laptop computer. A separate driver's glove box provides greater accessibility to items such as a can of soft drink, sunglasses, a wallet or keys.

At the back, the rear seats fold up to reveal storage bins for items such as tools, rope, and recovery straps.

The seats also fold down to store items such as a jack, a tyre inflator, a one-litre oil bottle and a first aid kit. On selected models the centre armrest in the rear seatback folds down and includes two cup holders.

The rear of the centre console bin had quite a lot of space free under the double opening console bin lid and tray hinge. The engineers had not originally planned to put a storage area there but the space was for the taking so they put in a pocket that could fit a wallet, a mobile phone or an MP3 player.

In other instances, a clever bit of innovative thinking actually converted a design feature into a viable storage space. A slight recess has been put into the top of the instrument panel as a design feature.

But by putting in two small ribs across the recess, it became an area which could hold an office pass or other small items.

One of the biggest challenges in designing a truck that will be sold in 180 countries across five continents was having to satisfy the legal requirements in each country.

Finding a place to store the fire extinguisher - a safety requirement in many countries - was a prime example. Each country had specific stipulations on the size and location of the fire extinguisher, resulting in numerous different, and sometimes contradictory, requirements.

The engineers looked at storing it along the tunnel but it took up too much legroom.

They thought of putting it inside the glove box but that would not leave much room for anything else.

In the end, they tucked it underneath the glove box.

Ergonomic research showed that it did not affect people getting in and out of the car and the position was also accessible enough for smaller-built drivers to reach over and release the fire extinguisher in an emergency. jp

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