Toyota has added a new mid-range variant to its fleet of floating models, called the Ponam-31.
Under the Toyota Marine banner, the Ponam-31 launched in Toyota’s Japanese homeland this week and will sit between the existing Poman-35 and Ponam-28III in the model line-up.
Toyota dubs the 31 a ‘sports utility cruiser’, showing that the carmaker hasn’t forgotten its roots when it comes to building boats.
The theme continues through Toyota’s other marine models, with the 35 dubbed ‘premium cruiser’ and the 28III called ‘almighty flybridge cruiser’.
More road-going heritage can be seen in the 31’s engine bay, with a pair of 3.0 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines lifted from the Toyota Prado and modified for marine use.
That means a power output of 191kW for each engine, pushing the boat’s 5600kg through the water plus the weight of 620 litres of fuel and 110 litres of fresh water when each tank is full.
The Ponam-31 measures 10.57 metres long, 3.2 metres wide and is authorised to carry 12 passengers. Toyota says it combines comfort with performance, and is good for pleasure cruising, fishing and marine sports.
The Prado engines are said to keep emissions, vibration and noise levels down, and the 31 is available with Toyota Drive Assist and Toyota Virtual Anchor System (which holds the boat in position).
Toyota Marine has been building boats since 1997, and now has 49 dealers across Japan. Pricing for the Ponam-31 starts from 29,700,000 yen (AU$315,029).
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