SVI Engineering has revealed its latest armour-clad vehicle – a bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser.
The vehicle – which is called the Max 3 – is based on the Land Cruiser 79 and is the company’s “cost-effective solution” for those who need protection from attacks.
“The Max 3 is designed as a multi-role vehicle. As a civilian version, it has applications in the following roles: mining security, riot control, civil security, anti-poaching, and convoy protection,” said SVI.
The Max 3 in its military configuration is then designed to be “air transportable in a C130” and is fitted with weapon mounts for a .50 calibre gun, remote weapon systems, and 60mm and 81mm mortar systems.
“The vehicle can be fitted with customer-furnished equipment, such as communication systems,” added SVI.
Naturally, its steel armour is made to withstand powerful attacks and the Max 3 provides a BR6 protection level – which can stop assault rifles bullets – as standard.
An optional upgrade to BR7, which protects against anti-personnel mines, is also available.
Engine and suspension
To ensure the Land Cruiser can handle this armour, it is fitted with upgraded suspension, wheels, and tyres.
“Although mostly standard, the drivetrain is upgraded with the fitment of rims and tyres with a higher load rating, upgraded suspension, and fitment of an additional rear anti-roll bar.”
SVI said the vehicle is available as a single cab, double cab, and armoured personnel carrier for up to eight people – and in either left or right-hand drive.
The servicing of the vehicle is another area of importance which SVI highlighted, stating that spare parts and service items are available at any Toyota dealership worldwide.
“A service interval of 5,000km is recommended, owing to the intended usage profile and off-road application,” added the company.
The Max 3 is based on the 4.5D V8 version of the Toyota Land Cruiser 79, and the price of the vehicle will depend on the level of configuration.
“Prices start from R1.6 million ex VAT, and the standard SVI warranty of 1-year/50,000km applies for road use,” said the company.