The folks over at South African company SVI Engineering have revealed the latest Max 3, an armoured bakkie based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79.

The Pretoria-based vehicle-armouring firm describes the upgraded Max 3 as a “cost-effective vehicle solution to protect the occupants from both ballistic and general riot threats”. The company says it can be used for mining security, riot control, civil security, anti-poaching and convoy protection.

SVI Engineering says the Max 3 can be fitted with .50 calibre pintle mounts, remote weapon systems and Scorpion 60 mm and 81 mm mortar systems.

The vehicle’s armoured steel shell is designed and manufactured in-house, replacing the Land Cruiser 79’s skin. The construction of the vehicle provides a minimum protection of EN1063 BR6 (that is, assault rifles) with “additional protection against anti-personnel mines”. SVI says the vehicle has been “designed from the start” to be upgradeable to BR7.

Offered in single- and double-cab form or as an armoured personnel carrier for up to eight occupants, the vehicle features upgraded wheels and tyres with a higher load rating, reinforced suspension and the fitment of an additional rear anti-roll bar.

The 4,5-litre V8 turbodiesel engine is untouched, still offering 151 kW and 430 N.m, though the top speed drops a touch thanks to the extra weight of the armouring. SVI points out spare parts and service items are available from Toyota dealerships but suggests cutting the service intervals from the standard 10 000 km to 5 000 km.

So, how much does all this cost? Well, the company says that depends on the chosen configuration (as well as whether another powertrain option is specified for the donor vehicle). Still, SVI lists a starting price of R1,6-million, excluding VAT.