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Selwyn Times: May 10, 2016

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26 Tuesday May 10 2016 SELWYN TIMES GLS 4WD MANUAL We have a limited number of pre-registered Triton GLS double cab utes on special offer SAVE OVER $15,000 * with a FREE ARB Deluxe bullbar ONLY a1 vailable OR DRIVE AWAY $44,990 FOR ONLY *Saving based on Triton GLS 4wd Manaual RRP of $57,490+orc. Limited stock and colours available. Vehicles include the balance of factory warranty. ONLY a3 or with a FREE Maxtop canopy and deck Liner vailable cnr Montreal & St Asaph Streets, Christchurch. Sales, Service & Parts: 03 379 0588 *Prices shown include Factory Rebate Discounts, where applicable. My Kaywa QR-Code SELWYN TIMES Tuesday May 10 2016 27 motoring New technology for Toyota Prado Toyota’s engine developers are in the process of rolling out new power plants which will work across a variety of vehicles and platforms. In the last year we have seen a new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit which is finding its way into several models out of the Lexus stable, and there’s also a new four-cylinder diesel which is powering the new Hilux. Interestingly, that engine first found its way here mid-year in the Land Cruiser Prado, it is an option alongside the V6 petrol unit. The diesel unit is all-new, and while its displacement is smaller – 227cc down to 2755cc, it is stronger, more economical, and notably quieter than the previous unit. And that is important for Prado, it is still the large, comfortable sport utility which is based on mechanicals engineered to tackle the serious offroad challenge. Toyota rate the new diesel with power outputs of 130kW and 450Nm, both hefty increases on the outgoing (127kW and 410Nm), and the points at which they are realised are more accessible, very low down at 3400trpm and 1600-2400rpm. The Prado also gets a new gearbox, it is a six-speed unit which is up a gear from previous generation models, the new driveline combination is a cracker, and given I’ve spent a lot of time in Hilux recently, as well as the Prado, I’ve become rather fond of the new mechanicals. However, the Prado has a different role to play than Hilux, it is one of the SUV champions in our marketplace. It is just at home dropping the kids off at school as it is it out in the backblocks. The newcomer comes well equipped if you take into account the series starts at $78,490 for the GX model as tested, ranging to $99,990 for a VX Limited. Bear in mind there is also a V6 petrol-powered model at $89,490, providing a wide-ranging choice with varying specification levels. However, the Prado is all about cross-country ability and I did squeeze in enough time to put it through a solid clay Port Hills track. There are a multitude of drive configurations on the Prado, all well tried and tested over the years. Put simply, TOYOTA PRADO: Serious off-road challenger. the Prado always drives through all four wheels. There is a high and low ratio dial which selects between the two, there’s also a centre differential lock for low grip situations and hill descent control system. The latter is my favourite, it enables a feet-off-the-pedals approach to descents. The Prado sits high off the ground at 220mm and it has tyres (215/60 x 18in), and suspension which command grip off-road. An independent wishbone front end combines well with a coil spring-located live rear axle. The test car easily accounted for a steep incline, it wasn’t a testing track, for it was dry and the surface provided plenty of bite. But I can report that over the rough stuff the in-cabin ride is plush and is totally unaffected by the jolts the suspension absorbs. Like its stablemate, the Land Cruiser proper, the Prado is an off-road champion. It also handles comparatively well on-road, it does lean a little but steerage always feels controlled, and the bulk of the vehicle doesn’t always seem apparent. While the Prado does everything well in terms of on and off-road travel, it’s the new engine which is the surprise. Overall, the Prado travels quietly but never before has it been SPECIFICATIONS Price: Toyota Prado GX, $78,490. Dimensions: Length,4760mm; width, 1885mm; height, 1890mm. Configuration: Four-cylinder, four-wheel-drive, 2755cc, 127kW, 410Nm, six-speed automatic. Performance: 0-100km/h, 9sec. Fuel usage:8l/100km this quiet, the engine barely makes a sound until it is well loaded. It’s that ability to do its job without effort that makes the new diesel engine so desirable, especially so with its fuel usage statistics. Toyota claims an eight-litre per 100km (35mpg) combined cycle average, although I couldn’t get close to that at 10l/100km (29mpg). I don’t know when I’ll find my way into another car (Hilux aside) with a new Toyota engine, but if the latest batch is anything to go by it should be something to look forward to. Toyota, including Lexus, is on a journey at the moment whereby the power plants are cross-pollinating through a wide product line-up. The consumer will be the ultimate winner with so much choice and so many desirable packages in terms of technology. CHRISTCHURCH'S LEADING COMMODORE & FALCON DEALERS $24,999 $25,999 3 TRUCKS 3 CARS 3 LUBES 3 SERVICING 3 FLEET WORK 3 BOATS 3 DIESEL INJECTOR 3 & PUMP SERVICING 3 ENGINE TUNING Mon-Fri 6.45am-6.00pm, Sat 8.00am-12.00pm 3 BRAKES 3 MAXXIS TYRES 3 WHEEL ALIGNMENTS 3 BATTERIES 3 WOFs 3 CAMBELTS AND MUCH MORE! 839 Jones Road, Rolleston P.O. 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