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Another chance: Toyota SA reprising awesome Land Cruiser Namib

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Land Cruiser Namib edition was introduced to the South African market in Q3 of 2019, distinguished by an accessory package and aesthetic enhancements.

For our overseas readers, the name is a celebration of the Namib great sandy desert north-west of South Africa.

NAMIB NAMED FOR THE NAMIB: Image: Cornél van Heerden

Toyota SA says the SA-specific model was ”exceptionally well-received”- all 60 units had been delivered by January 2020 – so the automaker has commissioned a re-run of the project and added a single-cab derivative.

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The single- and double-cab Namib editions will share a common package, distinguishing them from their Land Cruiser 79 sisters.

JUST COASTING: Down from the magnificent desert dunes of southern West Africa and down to the coast – and the very chilly South Atlantic Ocean. Image: Cornél van Heerden

So, here’s what the Namib package offers… and if you have never visited Namibia and its spectacular desert scenery, take a look…

Exterior:
Robust mesh design for the grille and prominent Toyota badging,
More Namib badges on fenders and tailgate.
Heavy-duty steel front bumper with integrated nudge-bar and headlight protectors.
Large, high-intensity LED spotlights with protective covers.
Tubular rear step with integrated tow ball.
Protective load-bin skin

Cabin:
Glove box with cooling duct.
Protective canvas seat covers with Namib insignia and anti-scuff panel.
Roof-mounted console with diode lighting and storage binnacles. (More specs below.)

NAMIB READY FOR THE NAMIB: Ancient Namib desert dunes go deep underground as shown by the dry river bed. Image: Cornél van Heerden


Technical:
Upgraded off-road suspension
265/75/R16 Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx tyres with white lettering.

Body colours:
The Namib edition will be available in Ivory White or Sand Beige.

Engine:
The Namib has what Toyota describes as ”the revered” 1VD-FTV 4.5-litre turbodiesel engine which can make 151kW / 430Nm from 1200rpm-3200rpm). Fuel consumption listed as 11.3 litres/100km.

Standard specification
All of the standard Land Cruiser 79 D-Cab V8 spec which includes touchscreen audio with built-in satnav, Bluetooth, front power socket, power windows, tilt/telescoping steering column, remote central locking, and anti-theft system.

Emergency stuff includes nitrogen crash-mitigation bags for front seats and anti-lock brakes.

Warranty and service programme:
Three-year or 100 000km* warranty. Buyers can specify a preferred service regime.

…AND SO TO THE PRICES

Land Cruiser 79 4.5D V8 Namib single-cab – R842 200
Land Cruiser 79 4.5D V8 Namib double-cab – R911 500

Toyota SA says the production run will produce 60 single- and 60 double-cab models (120 combined), over a six month period. First units to be delivered March/April 2020.

  • Book early for a desert Christmas. – Editor

*Whichever comes first.

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