New Toyota Land Cruiser Namib Is Made For Africa’s Tough Conditions

Much like the old Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, the 70 series Toyota Land Cruiser has been the same vehicle beneath the skin since the mid-80s. It’s still being sold in different parts of the world, including South Africa, where the lineup has recently been expanded with the Namib special edition.

Head over to their website and you’ll see it under the Land Cruiser 79 4.5D V8 D/C Namib moniker, with an R 893,600 starting price, equal to $61,145/€55,189 at today’s exchange rates, or R 125,000 ($8,553/€7,720) more than the regular 79 dual cab model.

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Speaking of which, power comes from a 4.5-liter turbodiesel, which churns out 151 kW (205 PS / 202 hp) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque, between 1,200 and 3,200 rpm. On average, it returns 11.3 l/100 km (20.8 mpg US) and emits 300 g/km of CO2. Payload and towing capacity are maintained, and the vehicle also features an upgraded suspension and 16-inch wheels, wrapped in 265/75 Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx tires, with white lettering.

Enhancing the robust appearance of the Land Cruiser, the Namib, which is available in Sand Beige and Ivory White, adds special badges on the outside, as well as a new grille with Toyota lettering. It also gets a steel front bumper with integrated heavy-duty nudge bar and auxiliary lights, alongside the tubular rear step with integrated towbar.

On the inside, the seats have been wrapped in bespoke grey canvas, with embroidered Namib logo, and the edges feature anti-scuff plates that prevent degrading over time. The off-roader also gets a cooled glovebox, specific roof-console with LED lights, microphone cord hook, a two-way radio compartment and more storage spaces.

All versions of the Land Cruiser 79 D-Cab V8 get a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth, power windows, tilt and telescopic steering column, remote central locking, front power socket, ABS and two front airbags. They’re also offered with a 3-year/100,000 km (62,137 miles) warranty, whichever comes first.

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  • Bash

    Here is your Defender, if someone happen to not like the new one.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Only soccer moms and football players like the NEW Defender

      • Six Thousand Times

        I’m neither and I like the new Defender but I recognise its limitations. It’s great for most urban dwellers who like a bit of a cavort. This is for people who don’t have the luxury of roads or repair shops or functioning governments.

  • Ben
    • illogicalPotato

      Huge defender fan too, but I still wanna make it home afterwards.

      • Ben

        It seems your name belies your wisdom, great potato.

  • Toss

    55.000 euros and you get a manual 70’s AC?

    • DMJ

      If you want luxury you have the G-Class. This is made to last in tough conditions like in Africa, very far from roads or repair shops. Your question is actually the answer why Toyota doesn.t seel this in Europe, dispite being made here.

      • Toss

        And a touch screen goes well in Africa’s conditions?

        • DMJ

          I’m not saying that the touch screen is good or bad for Africa. I’m saying that this Land Cruiser and its manual AC aren’t made to please you or your first world needs.

  • Bob

    I love this thing. I will have one once my life aligns with its purpose.

  • kenny the pig

    is a 50mm machine gun mount available as an option, or standard?

    • illogicalPotato

      The bed is sprayed with Line-X already so the falling bullet casings don’t scratch.

    • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

      This vehicle have the upper hand in Aussie, Africa & Mid east just because the reliability and because of it goes places and worked under strange tough conditions, no other car can live in

      The problem is not in the Toyota’s, the problem is in the American and European car makers competitors that until now don’t have the real competitors to this vehicle or shall I say to all Toyota BOF fleet

      • FactChecker90803

        You oviously have never heard of the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator.

        • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

          Sir you 100% never went to the deep desert of Aussie/ Middle east , to the woods in Africa or the snow over snow in Siberia

          No vehicle can stay for long time and go everywhere like the Toyota BOF lineup

  • Big Black Duck

    I kinda love this interior ..

  • Six Thousand Times

    Gosh, I want one of these.

  • DMJ

    What´s funny is that it is actually made in Europe (Ovar, Portugal) to export only. Sometimes I see them on trucks to be exported. But with that engine and emissions, even if it complies with EU regulations, the price would be around 80k to 100k depending on the european country. Everybody loves it, but it’s too expensive to be sold here. A Toyota Hilux diesel is half the price and fits what most of the europeans need.

  • sidewaysspin

    The choice for isis militants.

  • Abu Sayyaff

    One drive in this truck and you will appreciate that it’s discontinued from most of the world.

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