By Staff Reporter
Meet the Go anywhere Land Cruiser Namib. Bearing the Namib name, this Land Cruiser 79 takes inspiration from the Namib Desert in Southern Africa – one of the oldest and largest deserts in the world.
The front grille has been changed to a simple mesh design with prominent Toyota lettering (similar to the Hilux GR Sport). Unique stylised Namib badges can be found on the flanks alongside the Land Cruiser brand mark, as well as the tailgate. Other feature include steel front bumper with integrated heavy-duty nudge bar and headlight protectors, high-intensity LED spotlights, a tubular rear step with integrated towbar and protective loadbin skins.
The ‘Namib’ is available in Ivory White and Sand Beige.
Toyota says in order combat desert temperatures, the glovebox features an added cooling duct, allowing items to be kept chilled via the vehicle’s air-conditioning system. The interior also offers bespoke grey canvas seat covers, embroidered with the sand-dune-inspired Namib logo. The edges also feature anti-scuff panels to prevent degrading of the material during ingress.
An application-specific roof console has been added, enhancing versatility by means of rear-facing LED lights, lined storage binnacle, driver and passenger LED lights, two-way radio compartment and microphone cord hook.
Improvements for epic off-roading
The Land Cruiser Namib has been fitted with an upgraded off-road suspension (manufactured by a respected local off-road suspension expert for Toyota). The tyres have been upgraded to larger 265/75/R16 Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx versions, complete with white lettering, affixed to durable 16” alloy wheels.
The ‘Namib’ makes use of the 1VD-FTV 4.5-litre turbodiesel engine which makes 151 kW and 430 Nm. The fuel consumption claimed to be a fairly reasonable 11.3 l/100km.
The Namib edition retains all of the standard Land Cruiser 79 D-Cab V8 specification, which include a touchscreen audio system with built-in Navigation, Bluetooth, front power socket, power windows, tilt and telescopic steering column, remote central locking and anti-theft system. The safety systems include driver and passenger airbags alongside an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
The Land Cruiser 79 4.5D V8 D/C Namib is priced from R 893,600. Pricing includes a 3-year/100,000 km warranty. An optional service is available as an extra. Come on Toyota!
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