Toyota South Africa Motors has quietly rolled out the special-edition Namib treatment to the single-cab version of its Land Cruiser 79 bakkie.
In September 2019, the Japanese firm’s local arm welcomed the Land Cruiser 79 Namib double-cab model to its local range, with the R893 600 variant arriving as the flagship.
Now, however, the line-up also includes the Land Cruiser 79 single-cab 4,5D V8 Namib, which is priced at R842 200, or some R122 000 more expensive than the model on which it's based.
Like the dual-cab version, the newcomer employs the firm's familiar 4,5-litre turbodiesel V8 engine, which sends its 151 kW and 430 N.m to all four corners via a five-speed manual gearbox (with a low-range transfer case).
So, what do you get for the extra outlay? Well, from what we can tell, the upgrades mirror those applied to the double-cab derivative, including the adoption of a new mesh-design front grille featuring prominent “Toyota” lettering.
In addition, "Namib" badges can be found on the flanks (alongside the Land Cruiser insignias), as well as on the tailgate. The bakkie also gains a steel front bumper with an integrated heavy-duty nudge bar, headlamps protectors and LED spotlights. There’s also a tubular rear step with integrated towbar, along with a protective loadbay skin.
The Land Cruiser Namib has been fitted with an upgraded off-road suspension (manufactured by a company Toyota SA earlier described as “a respected local off-road suspension expert”). The tyres have been upgraded to 265/75/R16 Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx items, complete with white lettering and wrapped round 16-inch alloys.
Inside, the glovebox gains an added cooling duct, while special grey seat covers (embroidered with the "Namib" logo) have been adopted, too. If it follows the lead of the double-cab model, the two-seater version also gains a roof console with rear-facing LEDs, a lined storage binnacle, driver and passenger LEDs, a two-way radio compartment and a microphone cord hook.
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