A few days before the 2010 Sydney Motor Show, the crew from Toyota took some time out to preview some of the cars that will be on the company's stand.
Toyota has flown in, and somehow wrangled through quarantine, the Hilux that was used by Top Gear UK to get to the Earth's magnetic north pole, as well as manoeuvre incredibly close to Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
This tank, filled with a mixture of vodka and water, has pipes leading to each of the Hilux's four wheels. A small hand pump mounted on the car's dashboard allowed James May to keep the wheels coolish as he ascended up Eyjafjallajökull's slopes of dried, but still hot, lava.
The FJ Cruiser is powered by a 4-litre V6 — in the Prado this engine produces 200kW of power. A transfer case and locking differential is present on overseas models to satisfy serious four-wheel drive enthusiasts.
Differences between the FT-86 concept car and the G version include: a slightly wider and lower body; race-style 19-inch alloy wheels; the liberal use of carbon fibre bits and pieces; and a turbocharged version of the 2-litre boxer engine.
Toyota also had on display a plug-in version of its third-generation Prius hybrid. Unfortunately, the plug-in Prius won't be on display at the 2010 Sydney Motor Show, but CNET Australia did get a brief drive in one, so stay tuned for an in-depth first drive feature.