You can now buy the Land Cruiser 78 in South Africa, again - and you should

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New Land Cruiser 78
New Land Cruiser 78

To most off-road adventurers, the idea of a Land Cruiser bakkie is perfection. The overbuilt steel platform and robust diesel engines make for an unbeatable combination when you want to go where others don't. But there is an issue with the Land Cruiser 79 bakkie, in either single- or double-cab cab configuration: secure storage space.

You could add a canopy, sure, but even the best canopies can't rival an integrated vehicle body. Any Land Cruiser bakkie with a canopy has the debit of aerodynamic drag areas between the cab and canopy, and a much weaker rear access door.

Canopies also have the risk of developing dust issues with failed seals and, in extreme instances, can suffer structural fatigue if you travel thousands of kilometres on awful roads - the kind of roads that Land Cruiser drivers love touring on.

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