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SUNDAY MOTORING: A car for Indiana Jones ‘Lost City’, a road bully, and a perky arachnid

In Summary

  • Land Rover Defender Short Wheel Base, Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 and Nissan Note Aura are bang for the buck.

As 2021 cruises towards the end, there are a few exciting vehicles that may be in your garage soon – if you have the financial wherewithal.

Today, we feature three vehicles: A Land Rover Defender 90 Short Wheel Base -a car more adapted to Indiana Jones’ fictional ‘Lost City’(for its ruggedness), a Toyota Land Cruiser LC300 (definitive road bully) and the Nissan Note Aura, an electric-powered arachnid.

Land Rover Defender 90 Short Wheel Base

Land Rover will unveil the Defender 90 for Sub Sahara Africa, targeted to the
over-landing enthusiasts who want something nimble, with the full capabilities of the full on Land Rover Defender. Based on Land Rover’s scalable modular architecture, the chassis and handling department has been worked on, delivering unbelievable feedback and ride quality. Terrain Response 2 will come as standard with added options such as wade-depth technology and 3D multi camera display on the PIVI Pro system.

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Some say it looks like a baby Hippo. They are right, and they are wrong.. Yes, it can ford streams- like a baby Hippo. It can also climb boulders, something perhaps a baby hippo cannot. PHOTO/COURTESY

The front double wishbone and rear independent suspension work hand in hand to
deliver a smooth ride that doesn’t affect the ride and balance. Powered by either a 2.0L Ingenium petrol engine producing 221Kw/400NM paired to an 9-speed automatic or a 177kW/430Nm 2.0L turbo-diesel. The local dealer Inchcape-Nairobi is optimistic of increased sales as Kenyan customers go for performance and comfort in vehicle choice.

Toyota Land Cruiser LC300

Toyota recently unveiled the next generation Land Cruiser for the for the global market. Underneath it sits on the TNGA modular platform, and comes in a choice of two engine derivatives; a 309HP/700NM 3.3L V6 turbo-diesel engine or 415HP/650NM 3.5L V6 petrol engine, mated to 10 speed automatic transmission.
In terms of its 4x4capabilities, Toyota has reworked the suspension for better wheel articulation.

Few cars scream “bully” than this road behemoth. There were rumours that the Land Cruiser (popularly called ‘V8’ in local slang) had been discontinued with the LC200. Rumours discounted by the LC300. PHOTO/COURTESY

Reworked Torsen differential with multi-terrain select system, that constantly redistributes torque delivery for maximum grip on all surfaces.
It comes with Toyota’s pre sense safety package that prepares the vehicle for a crash while trying to eliminate injury in the process. Estimated time of arrival, Q4 2021.

Nissan Note Aura

Nissan is set to unveil its all electric Note Aura compact hatchback. The is based on the Renault-Nissan CMF modular platform and has a 90kW battery, that has range of up to 400 kilometres, depending on driving style.

Nissan Note Aura is another iteration of the electric-powered vehicles, fast becoming mainstream. PHOTO/COURTESY

It takes about 30 minutes to charge from zero to 70 percent via fast charge outlet and 7 hours on regular power supply. It also comes with regenerative braking technology that feeds harvested braking energy back to the battery for greater range. This model will be available by end of Q4 2021.

-By Trevor Lamenya, Motoring Correspondent


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