Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
2 minute read
29 Dec 2021
7:41 am

Prado gets more power – 2021 Motoring Newsmaker No 4

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Powered-up 150 kW diesel engine has given Toyota Land Cruiser Prado new leash on life.

The Prado does not have a clear-cut rival.

Two-thousand-and-twenty-one was an interesting year for the South African motoring landscape.

Some things changed, like an acceleration towards greener cars, while others stayed the same like Toyota topping the monthly sales charts.

In this series of 2021 Motoring Newsmakers, The Citizen looks back at the top 20 most popular online stories of the year. The series is dominated by South Africa’s most popular body style, bakkies, while the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 was by far the most viewed single model on our website. Other local favourites in the form of hot hatches, fuel efficient hatchbacks, big, mean SUVs, compact SUVs, Mercedes-AMGs and BMW M cars also drew their fair share of attention.

Towards the end of 2020, Toyota rolled up the powered-up version of the Land Cruiser Prado diesel derivatives. Up by 20 kW, the 150 kW output was just what the Land Cruiser Prado needed.

After a trip down to the coast, we were very reluctant to hand back the keys to Toyota. Click on the link below to see how that trip in the Land Cruiser Prado went.

2021 MOTORING NEWSMAKER NO 4: New diesel engine rejuvenates Land Cruiser Prado

The rest of The Citizen’s 2021 Motoring Newsmakers are:

No 5: Peugeot bakkie makes comeback

No 6: Golf GTI smokes BMW 128ti

No 7: Is 190 kW Amarok worth R1-million?

No 8: Toyota Starlet can run on fumes

No 9: This Isuzu bakkie has X-factor

No 10: Mercedes-AMG E63 S sledge hammer of a sedan

No 11: Land Cruiser: Which is better, petrol or diesel?

No 12: Kia cans bakkie plans

No 13: Mercedes A35 Sedan the thinking man’s AMG

No 14: Toyota Corolla Cross outsells Polo pair

No 15: BMW X5 M Competition pips Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S

No 16: The Golf GTI for nerds

No 17: Never be late in a Merc GLS 580

No 18: Toyota HiAce 54 years young

No 19: New Ford Ranger revealed

No 20: Toyota Land Cruiser gets stuck the mud