We’ve seen a few other amphibious type vehicles in the past, with the majority looking more like a boat than a stout off-road vehicle. Breaking the ‘too ugly to take seriously’ mold is, the Amphicruiser. That’s right, an amphibious Toyota Land Cruiser. Well, based on one. From the outside, the Amphicruiser does resemble the TLC with obvious ‘water-tight’ reinforcements to its brick-like shape. Under the hood is the same Toyota 4.2-liter engine you will find in the Land Cruiser. The rest of the vehicle is custom built around a stainless steel chassis by DAT (Dutch Amphibious Transport).
DAT are the same people who built the Amphibus, an amphibious bus currently doing water tours around Rotterdam. DAT co-founder, Dirk-Jan de Jong tells us, “We wanted it to be as solid on water as the Land Cruiser is on land. The Amphicruiser is not only the most popular vehicle we make, but it’s the easiest to implement in any situation. The big buses that we build are 25,000 kilo (55,000 lb) vehicles, so you need a little bit of infrastructure to run them. The Amphicruiser is something that you can run anywhere, it has a lot of purposes, not only recreationally. We have a lot of enquiries for it, there’s a lot going to Dubai. They like it because it’s based on the Land Cruiser and they like the Toyota spec vehicles. It’s an easy market for us.”
Unlike other amphibious vehicles, this one doesn’t require a completely new set of “water” controls. Steering the Amphicruiser works the same as driving it on road, more or less. The body is kept waterproof by inflatable seats and the doors are kept stock TLC height for easy in and out access. We can see this as a great Search & Rescue vehicle for marshlands and waterways around the world. Somewhere that government cheese money can kick in because to get a fully-loaded 4-door model, its going to set you back $248,700.
There isn’t a whole lot on their website just yet as the vehicle is brand new, but we thought it was something cool you should see. Even though its far too expensive for most, we love innovation. Maybe we’ll see some of these ‘waterproof’ innovations popping up in OEM trucks and SUVs soon enough.