The Land Cruiser Namib Is A Brand New 70 Series And We Want It

Toyota South Africa has revealed a special edition version of the 70 Series Land Cruiser, which is still very much available in the country
The Land Cruiser Namib Is A Brand New 70 Series And We Want It

The 70 Series Land Cruiser departed the United Kingdom many years ago, but over in South Africa, you can wander into a Toyota showroom and drive away in a shiny new one. Not only that, but there’s now a special edition version of the fantastically boxy off-roader.

The double-cab pickup Land Cruiser 79 is dubbed the Namib, named after the desert that stretches up the coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. The vehicle is intended “to offer customers a ready-to-go vehicle prepared and equipped to tackle the most daunting challenges,” Toyota SA sales and marketing vice president Calvyn Hamman says.

The Land Cruiser Namib Is A Brand New 70 Series And We Want It

Powered by a 4.5-litre V8 diesel engine producing 202bhp and 317lb ft of torque, The Namib has been fitted with the upgrades it needs to take on the rough stuff straight out of the box. It has 16-inch wheels wearing knobbly Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx all-terrain tyres, upgraded off-road suspension courtesy of a “respected local off-road suspension expert,” a snorkel, and our favourite bit - a ruddy-great bull bar with LED spotlights.

In the cabin, Toyota has fitted a new roof console complete with rear-facing LED lights, along with new storage bins and a hook for a microphone cord. The seats are fitted with grey canvas covers sporting Namib logos, and to ensure you have a chilled beverage waiting for you after a tricky desert-bashing session, the glovebox is cooled by the air condition system.

The Land Cruiser Namib Is A Brand New 70 Series And We Want It

Despite being based on a 35-year-old vehicle, the Namib does still have a smattering of more modern accoutrements. There’s a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and remote central locking. Its structure inevitably won’t be as crash-worthy as a modern Land Cruiser’s, but you do at least get driver and passenger airbags plus ABS.

The Land Cruiser Namib costs 893,600 rand, which is around £48,600.



The original Jeep Gladiator

09/17/2019 - 13:31 |
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09/17/2019 - 23:34 |
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Thomas Jackson 1

The interior looks dismal

09/17/2019 - 16:18 |
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Because it’s supposed to be simple and rugged

09/17/2019 - 16:35 |
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It still has an ash tray !!

09/17/2019 - 22:48 |
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Kenji (Oldsmobile Fan) (GoldWing Enthusiast) (wheel nut)

cant wait for these to be 25 years old

09/17/2019 - 16:57 |
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Dave 12

Can’t get over the coolness of this. New cars suck! Manufacturers are missing a serious market here in the UK I reckon.

09/17/2019 - 20:20 |
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Lord Saucius The Divine

Nice and rugged!

09/17/2019 - 23:14 |
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Good to see the local boys represent
Thanks CT team!
These “bakkies” (local term for pick up) sell like sweet cake here.

09/18/2019 - 05:21 |
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4.5L V8 with 200hp
Is it 1970?

09/18/2019 - 07:11 |
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Dave 12

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No thanks mate!

09/18/2019 - 18:56 |
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V-22 Osprey


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