Driven: Xtreme Toyotas built for the desert
Arctic Trucks – who made the vehicle Top Gear took to the North Pole – have built some new ones. And these are for sand…
Posted: 11 Apr 2012
You feel less ridiculous driving it, too. Its big tyres are dragged into far less stark relief by gently swollen arches. The chrome side step protection bars, while serving as a useful sacrificial barrier between underbelly and dune, afford it just the right amount of urbane bling in the city (well, this city).
Drawing up outside a hotel entirely out of our price range drives the point home; the Land Cruiser's duality adds up on far more rational grounds. It's a standard luxo-SUV on the road, it's got the minerals to take on sand dunes and it's ability's hidden under a convincing shawl of civility. If there's a vehicle that proves desert exploration needn't be tough, the Land Cruiser is it.
Thanks to Dubai's Al-Futtaim motors, the suppliers of the Arctic Truck Xtreme range, for their help