Bullet-Proof Land Cruiser 300 on the Road

  Colin Windell


 22 Jun, 2022

The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 has joined the list of fully armoured vehicles manufactured by SVI Engineering.

Executives and VIPs now have a new alternative.

SVI engineered protection

The company has completed its first Toyota Land Cruiser 300 armoured to level B6, the highest grade of civilian protection allowed without a special permit, providing comprehensive protection against assault rifles (including AK47, R5 and R1).

According to Nicol Louw, Business Development Manager at the Bashewa-based SVI: “The armoured Land Cruiser 200 has proven to be one of the most popular civilian vehicles with SVI clients over the years. Since the new Land Cruiser 300 is lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, it’s even better suited to receiving our B6 solution.”

SVI engineers have made several improvements to the protection offered by the Land Cruiser 200 package by examining the results of a specially commissioned test to identify potential weaknesses and eliminate even the narrowest ballistic gaps.

The B6 armouring package for the Land Cruiser 300 includes a rear bulkhead sited behind the second row that has been moved further towards the rear of the vehicle, freeing up space to store valuables behind the rear bench as well as affording occupants the option of reclining at a greater angle. SVI has added an escape hatch to the bulkhead.

Toyota has modified the body-on-frame SUV’s suspension to manage the mass of the armouring components, which total around 750 kg. 

Turbo-diesel powered V6 engine

“Fitting our bespoke B6 armouring package to the Land Cruiser 300 – whether clients opt for the twin-turbo 3,5-litre V6 petrol model or the 3,3-litre V6 turbo-diesel version – results in the perfect bullet-resistant vehicle for high-profile individuals seeking the ultimate protection. With the next units already moving swiftly along our production line, the B6-armoured Land Cruiser 300 looks poised to become just as popular as its predecessor, if not more,” said Louw.

The 310-degree B6 armouring solution for the Land Cruiser 300 is priced from R981 823 (excluding VAT), while options include items such as B6 roof armour, B6 floor armour and heavy-duty run-flat rings. 

Toyota expects production of the vehicle to take four months.

Jaco de Kock, CEO of SVI, says the new package has a key role to play in the company’s broader range of products.

“The newly developed Land Cruiser 300 protection package is a very important part of the SVI product range. This product will also be manufactured in the SVI Saudi Industries facility to ensure access to left-hand-drive markets around the world.”

Interior fitted with modern tech

The new Toyota Land Cruiser 300 provides the highest grade of civilian protection allowed without a special permit.

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