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Battle Cruiser...

Not content with your run-of-the-mill Toyota Land Cruiser 79 4.5-litre V8 turbodiesel or newly acquired Brandt BRV? Well, if you still feel somewhat unsafe and unprotected, you can consider a full defence mode Battle Cruiser – the recently upgraded, locally built SVI Max 3.

The Max 3 from SVI Engineering, a local specialist manufacturer of armoured products and specialised bullet-resistant vehicles, is designed as a multi-role vehicle and the military derivative can be described as the ultimate “technical” – as Land Cruisers adapted for conflict situations have become known.

The civilian version (it needs no NCACC permits) can be used for mining security, riot control, civil security, anti-poaching and convoy protection (for your valuables in transit). The revised Max 3 has improved ergonomics, added interior space and bolder styling.

The armoured steel shell is designed and manufactured in-house by SVI and the conversion process entails removing the soft-skin body of a Toyota Land Cruiser 79 and replacing it with an all-steel armour plate body providing protection against assault rifle bullets and anti-personnel mine blasts.

Available as a single cab, double cab and armoured personnel carrier, the weighty Max 3 utilises higher load rating tyres and rims, an upgraded suspension, and an additional rear anti-roll bar.

Servicing is simplified thanks to its standard Toyota powertrain and procurement cost depends on configurations and powertrain specification … Not your normal road trip rig but for those interested, prices start from R1,6m ex VAT.
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On Wednesday Nissan will reveal its updated Terra SUV. Based on the ladder-frame Navara bakkie, the new Terra is earmarked for South Africa where it will compete against the recently upgraded Toyota Fortuner, the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the new Isuzu mu-X.

Expect Titan-like nose treatment, similar to that of the the facelifted Navara for the new Terra, a seven-seat layout with more upmarket amenities, and the same drivetrain combinations as in the Navara.

While Nissan has not yet given any indication on when the Terra will be launched locally, it is expected to be later next year. With Navara to be produced in Mzansi, the big question is: Will the Terra also be built here?

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Tough conditions and wonderful experiences for the Mzansi Edge expedition on the Wild Coast and in Pondoland... ... See MoreSee Less

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