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2008-07-08 08:14
200 VX panelvan

200 VX panelvan

Land Cruiser 200 VX too small for you? How about a raised roof panel van version?

Pandering to consumer demand – in itself fostered by the legendary Land Crusier off-road prowess – for over-landing vehicles, those who simply cannot stoop to the utilitarian nature of a Cruiser 70 now have a new 200 VX option.

Any African adventurer - and rebel commander in fact - can attest to the odd number of luxurious VX100s seen rummaging their way around the continent as pseudo-converted campers. Now Toyota has its own raised roof panel van version of the luxurious VX200.

Combing those characteristic, redoubtable, Land Cruiser off-road virtues and powerful V8 engine now available in the VX200 – not to mention the men’s club interior appointments and luxuries – the new panel van version is the ultimate trans-Africa companion.

With a 300mm raised roof profile increasing loadability and a flat cargo area extending to the B-pillar, load space should be enough to even accommodate the kitchen sink. Blacked out windows keep things private for overnighting in the back too, rendering true stop over and rest up ability.

The 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel produces 615Nm at only 1 800 r/min, subsequently the 3.5 ton towing capacity is hardly surprising.

If you simply must have automatic climate control, leather trim, an automatic gearbox and powered seats for your trip to Mali or Uganda, the 200 VX panel van is the only ticket around.

The 200VX panelvan is available in Europe at 62 500 euro

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