Monster Toyota Land Cruiser makes Middle East debut

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 by

Australian company Patriot Campers enters the regional market with a heavily customised overlanding

Monster Toyota Land Cruiser makes Middle East debut

Besides the humble camelus dromedarius, Australia and the Middle East have another thing in common, and that’s a shared love of off-roading.

At last month’s Automechanika Dubai 2017 expo, the Middle East and Africa’s largest automotive aftermarket exhibition, Australian company Patriot Campers entered the local off-roading scene by announcing its off-roading expertise with a custom-built Toyota Land Cruiser ready to tackle anything the Arabian desert can throw at it.

Monster Toyota Land Cruiser makes Middle East debut

Patriot Campers specialists in equipment that helps Australians traverse the vast Outback, the country’s desert-like arid area that’s larger than the entire Arabian peninsula. Premiering at Automechanika Dubai 2017, the company took the wraps off its Toyota LC79 Super Tourer model brimming with custom modifications designed to make this vehicle a mobile go-anywhere camp site.

Starting with a brand-new dual-cab Toyota Land Cruiser GXL chassis, the Australians beef things up with big Mickey Thompson off-road tyres on ROH wheels, both front and rear winches, heavily upgraded suspension components, and an auxiliary water tank as well as an electric pump.

Monster Toyota Land Cruiser makes Middle East debutNo less than four tool boxes take up space beneath the rear box compartment and there is an additional drawer shelf situated above the rear bumper. Two spare wheels and tyres come loaded on board as well as a suite of navigation and communication technologies to ensure you remain on the right path. A pull-up tent for two people sits on top of the roof, and the Super Tourer also sports an air snorkel, a bull bar, and a heavy duty antenna.

Power comes courtesy of Toyota’s 4.5-litre V8 turbo diesel engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission so the Super Tourer won’t be left short of grunt. Toyota quotes figures of 205bhp at 3,400rpm for the diesel motor, and 430Nm of torque from 1,200rpm. Something tells us the Aussies will receive a warm welcome with the Super Tourer here in the Middle East.

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