MOTORING NEWS - SVI Engineering has released its new armoured MAX 3 Troopy model that joins the SVI MAX range.
With up to 8 seats, the MAX 3 Troopy is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 and it is designed as a multi-role vehicle with its focus as an armoured personnel carrier (APC).
As a civilian version (no NCACC permits needed), it has application in the following roles: Mining, security, riot control, civil security, anti-poaching and convoy protection (valuables in transit).
As with the MAX 3 Double Cab, in its military configuration is designed to be air-transportable in a C130 and is fitted with weapon mounts for .50 calibre pintle mountings and remote weapon systems.
The vehicle can also be fitted with customer furnished equipment such as communication systems.
The armouring process includes removing the soft-skin body of the Land Cruiser 79 and replacing it with a new all-steel body manufactured from armour plate. The armoured construction of the vehicle provides minimum protection of EN1063 BR6 (assault rifles) with additional protection against anti-personnel mines.
The vehicle has been designed from the start to be upgradeable to BR7.
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.
Servicing of MAX 3 Troopy is simplified because of its standard Toyota powertrain and drivetrain.
Spare parts and service items are mostly available at any Toyota dealership world-wide. A service interval of 5 000 km is recommended owing to the intended usage profile and off-road application.
MAX 3 Troopy procurement cost depends on configurations as well as the powertrain specification of the new Land Cruiser 79 used as the donor vehicle.
Powering the MAX 3 is a 4.5-litre 8-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with 151 kW and 430 Nm. The MAX 3 has a top seed of 140 km/h.
Prices start from R1,8m ex VAT and the standard SVI warranty of 1-year/ 50000km applies for road use.