Torsus Praetorian Is a 4×4 Monster Built for Extreme Weather Conditions

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So what’s new in store for this big boy?

The Praetorian is built on an upgraded and durable MAN chassis designed to safely transport up to 35 occupants and equipment in the harshest conditions. It has enough juice to go on a 65 percent incline thanks to a MAN six-cylinder diesel engine that pumps 286 hp and 1,150 Nm of torque, as well as a heavy-duty 4×4 off-road transmission.

From Michelin XZL off-road tires to military-grade elastomeric coatings designed for maximum durability and impact resistance applied to body parts, this tank is ready to take any type of terrain.

It comes with brand new LED headlights that are far brighter than before. There are focused and diffused lighting units mounted, each providing 4100 lumens, which is more than triple the illumination provided by a halogen high beam car light and ideal for off-road driving in the dark. Roof-mounted lighting is also available for increased visibility and protection. When the vehicle is stationary, the roof and side-mounted 991 SIGNAL SL 1000 lumen lights provide 360-degree illumination.

The AC system has also received an upgrade to ensure the comfort of its crew and passengers, whether they are traveling across Australia’s Great Sandy Desert or North Africa’s Sahara. As the temperatures in these regions can reach up to 60°C (140°F) inside the car, the 21.52 kW system can cool down a full bus from 60°C (140°F) to 30°C (86°F) in three minutes. Its air-conditioning doubles as an engine cooler when it overheats.

At the opposite pole, to enable the Praetorian to resist the extreme cold, Torsus has equipped it with a CELLO heating panel. This comes in handy when it transports passengers to a ski resort or when it carries the crew and equipment to an arctic base. The flat, wall-mounted panel produces heat by reducing cold airflow. It’s capable of increasing the temperature inside the vehicle to 20°C ( 68°F ) while using 19 percent less energy than a traditional heating device.

In terms of safety features, the Praetorian comes with an automatic door-closing system that activates when the vehicle reaches 3 kph (2 mph). Plus, integrated sensors remove the possibility of passengers or objects being stuck in the doorway. Additionally, an upgraded emergency rescue system has been installed into the doors.

When a fire occurs, a new automatic fire suppression system activates in the fuel tank area, extinguishing the blaze in seconds, ensuring that the vehicle gets minimum damage and that the occupants are safe. The system’s range was also extended to the engine compartment.

Two fire extinguishers have been added on the inside, as well as new fire-resistant materials and fabrics. Efficiency-enhancing insulation materials in the walls and roof provide superior heat conservation during cold weather and help keep the vehicle cool in hot temperatures. Its improved mechanisms on sliding windows also effectively decrease energy consumption.

The driver’s seat has been realigned, which increases protection by improving side mirror vision. The passenger seats have also been revamped, with more room between seats and individual displays installed in the back of each one of them to allow for the incorporation of media devices.

The prices for this off-road monster start at $183,000 for the standard version and can go up to $442,000 for the Expedition model. The cost is really up there in terms of affordability for its range. Who says that safety and comfort don’t come with a price?

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