South African armoured vehicle specialist SVI has introduced an eight-seat wagon version of the bulletproof Max 3 that was first launched in double cab guise back in 2020.
As with the latter, the vehicle is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 chassis, but has a totally unique armoured body as well as upgraded suspension, wheels and tyres.
Classified as a ‘civilian’ armoured personnel carrier, meaning that no NCACC permits are required, the Max 3 Troopy is aimed at a number of industries, including security and convoy protection, mining, anti-poaching and riot control.
Said to be damage resistant against riot-type attacks, the Max 3 has an all-steel body manufactured from armour plate, which provides a minimum protection of EN1063 BR6. It thus offers ballistic occupant protection against assault rifles including the AK47 and R1. However, SVI says it is upgradable to B7 and blast-protection levels.
Furthermore, the vehicle is fitted with .50 calibre pintle mountings and remote weapon systems, and it can be specified with various communication systems. The vehicle was also designed to be air-transportable in a C130 military transport aircraft.
The Max 3 is powered by Toyota’s 4,5-litre V8 turbodiesel unit, which produces 151 kW and 430 N.m. Despite its weight, the vehicle can reach a top speed of 140 km/h.
According to SVI, prices start at R1,8 million, excluding VAT, and specifying optional extras will of course add to that. The company offers a ‘road use’ warranty of one year or 50 000km. Due to its intended usage – which could also include off-road applications – SVI recommends a service interval of 5000 km for the Max 3 Troopy.