The Toyota LandCruiser Prado.
The Toyota LandCruiser Prado. Sebastien Mauroy

Toyota LandCruiser Prado three-door banished

TOYOTA'S LandCruiser Prado will only be available in five-door configuration when the "comprehensive model upgrade" arrives next month.

Toyota said the change reflects overwhelming customer preference for this body style.

Australian motorists have bought more than 11,300 Prado wagons in the nine months ended September 30 - a figure that is 8.8 % higher than its nearest rival.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said imminent changes to the Prado range would build on its strong appeal.

"While customers who have bought the three-door Prado tell us they love its off-road and towing capabilities, there is an overwhelming preference for the five-door body style," Mr Cramb said.

"SUV customers, who appreciate the Prado's rugged credentials, have made it clear they also want the added space, flexibility and convenience made possible by having two extra doors.

"New Prado also benefits from expanded driver guidance and technical support features, as well as a bolder exterior, a more refined interior, added safety and even sharper handling."

Prado's cumulative sales in Australia exceed 200,000 units, a milestone achieved early this year.

While Prado remains the top-selling large SUV, Toyota also offers Kluger (9,113 sales so far in 2013) and FJ Cruiser (2,010 sales) in the same segment.

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