Toyota’s rugged Jeep Gladiator rival will not be sold in the United States or Canada.
This is the Toyota Land Cruiser Namib, a particularly rugged pickup truck version of the 70-series SUV, which itself is a mainstay off-road workhorse that has basically been in production since the 1980 in some form or another.
Based on the Land Cruiser 79 D-Cab, the Land Cruiser Namib is powered by a 4.5-liter turbodiesel V8 that produces 205 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Shifting is done via an honest-to-God manual transmission.
The rugged SUV-pickup comes with a long list of overland adventure upgrades, including LED spotlights, a front nudge bar, off-road suspension, and larger Cooper Discoverer tires wrapped around 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Toyota Land Cruiser Namib is priced at R 893,600 (South African rand), which is the equivalent of about $61,000. Like the rest of the current 70-series Land Cruiser models, it won’t be offered in the U.S. and Canada presumably due to strict safety and emissions regulations.
The closest thing North American buyers will have to it is the new Jeep Gladiator.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Gets Slightly New Look For 2021
It now looks a lot more like the Silverado from the front.
Over 520,000 Colorado midsize pickups have been sold over the fives following the model’s re-introduction in the U.S. market. To keep it competitive with rivals like the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger, Chevy has given it some updates for the 2021 model year.
The ZR2 package receives the biggest changes, gaining a new new flow-through grille inspired by the larger Silverado, with the world ‘Chevrolet’ spelled out across it.
Designers also moved the bowtie emblem to an asymmetrical position beside the driver-side headlight, while the tow hooks are finished in contrasting red paint.
As with the grille, the brand’s name is fully spelled out across the tailgate.
The 2021 Colorado ZR2 comes equipped with front and rear electronically locking differentials, Multimatic dampers, a 2.0-inch suspension lift, and 3.5-inch wider track relative to the standard Colorado, and multiple skid plates to protect its underbody.
The lesser Colorado WT, LT and Z71 trims all receive updated center bars, lower fascias and front skid plates.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 makes its world debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Nearly a year ago, Chevrolet Performance Engineering teamed up with Multimatic and Hall Racing to develop 15 performance parts for the ZR2.
2020 Land Rover Defender Modernizes A Classic Off-Roader
It took decades, but there is finally a fully-redesigned Land Rover Defender.
British automaker Land Rover used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut an all-new Defender, modernizing the iconic SUV with new technology while maintaining some of its classic charm.
As capable as it is off-road, the new Defender is more civilized than the previous models, having been redesigned for more comfort on all road conditions. It’s capabilities as an overland vehicle have also been improved.
Buyers will be able to choose between the two-door Defender 90 and the larger four-door Defender 110, both available in four different configurations: Adventure, Country, Explorer, and Urban.
The Defender 90 has 8.5 inches of ground clearance, while the Defender 110 has 8.6-inches. Both configurations can travel through 35.4 inches (3 feet) of water.
Despite its relatively compact size, the Defender has a payload capacity of nearly one ton. It can handle a static roof load of 660 pounds and tow more than 8,200 pounds.
Designers retained the boxy form of the previous Defenders, but an angled windshield and slightly rounded corners improve the SUV’s aerodynamics.
Inside, the rugged interior features a 10-inch PIVI Pro infotainment system that serves as gateway to the latest tech and convenience features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with 3D maps, a head-up display that can show videos, and a rearview mirror that displays the view from the backup camera.
In North America, the 2020 Land Rover Defender will be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 296 horsepower and a six-cylinder mild hybrid powertrain that produces 395 horsepower and 506 pound-feet of torque. The former can accelerate the SUV to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.7 seconds, while the latter slashes the sprint to 5.8 seconds.
If you find the Jeep Wrangler too plebeian and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class too expensive, the new Land Rover might just be utilitarian off-roader you’ve been waiting for.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys, Black & Tan Editions Bring Some Style
The special edition Wranglers feature new cosmetic trim and extra standard equipment.
Jeep has unveiled two new special edition versions of the popular Jeep Wrangler, namely the throwback Willys and the Black & Tan.
Both models are based on the Wrangler Sport S, but each features unique touches that give them a distinct look.
“Wrangler Willys harkens back to the original Jeep while Wrangler Black & Tan offers a unique look with a tan top.” Jim Morrison, head of the Jeep brand in North America, stated. “We are proud that both new models will add to the wide appeal Jeep Wrangler already offers.”
2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys
Paying homage to the World War II Jeep, the Wrangler Willys edition makes a return with a limited-slip rear differential, Rubicon rock rails and shocks, heavy-duty brakes, and 32-inch Firestone mud terrain tires.
A Willys hood decal, unique black 17-inch aluminum wheels with gray pad print, and a gloss black sport grille help it stand out from the other Wrangler models. Buyers will be able to choose from 10 colors: Black, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Billet, Ocean Blue, Firecracker Red, Punk’n, Hellayella, Mojito! and White.
Pricing for the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Willys starts at $33,740 for the two-door model and $37,240 for the four-door version.
2020 Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan
Like the Willys, the Black & Tan also aims to achieve a heritage look with 17-inch Machine Granite wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, a Low Gloss badging and a tan soft top.
Designers gave the interior a Wizard Black painted instrument panel that nicely contrasts the Heritage Tan cloth seats.
The 2020 Jeep Wrangler Black & Tan is available in all the Wrangler’s colors and has a starting price of $32,940 for the two-door model and $36,440 for the four-door version.