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4x4 Magazine Australia

4x4 Magazine Australia

January 2020

4x4 Australia takes you to Australia’s most exciting and remote destinations , and we show you how to get there! We test the latest and greatest new and modified vehicles, as well as new camping and outdoor adventure equipment. We introduce you to loads of interesting people, show you heaps of awesome holiday trips and destinations, and we put you in the driver’s seat to tackle the country’s toughest off-road challenges. It’s a whole lot of dirty fun every month!

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
good things in small packages

ON THIS page last month I was still on a buzz after driving the two-door short wheelbase Wrangler alongside the Suzuki Jimny. It was good fun driving these little’uns in the bush, and I queried if there’s a place in the market for other variants of these once-popular vehicles, like the Land Rover Defender 90 and the Mahindra Roxor. Well, since then stories have been doing the rounds about Jeep, Land Rover and Ford all working on Jimny-sized variants of their respective Wrangler, Defender and Bronco models. While that sounds great to me, the reality is these new vehicles are most likely to be soft-road SUVs and not the off-road vehicles they take their names from. I hope the manufacturers prove me wrong, but I doubt it. This begs two questions: Does…

1 min.
check out our website

VISITORS to our digital space at 4x4australia.com.au will notice our homepage resides at whichcar.com.au/4x4australia. All remains the same, with up-to-date news stories, in-depth new-car analysis and insane custom write-ups. We’ll also tick more travel items off our bucket-list, and continue to bring you the best aftermarket product advice from gear manufactured here and abroad. Alongside our 4x4-related content, you’ll also be able to find the best of motoring on the new website, with our sister magazines MOTOR, Street Machine and Wheels all just a convenient click away.…

1 min.
4x4 magazine australia

EDITORIAL Editor Matt Raudonikis Deputy Editor Dean Mellor Designer Jamie Burgess Staff Journalist Tristan Tancredi Editor-At-Large Ron Moon Road-Test Editor Fraser Stronach Sub-Editor John Panozzo Digital Daniel Wong Staff Photographers Ellen Dewar, Nathan Jacobs, Alastair Brook CONTRIBUTORS Mark Bean, Cristian Brunelli, Chris Collard, Phil Cooper, Dan Everett, Dan Gardner, Andrew Gregory, Toby Hagon, Ashley Hill, Glenn Marshall, Kev Smith, Matt Wood ADVERTISING Commercial Director Matt Rice (02) 9263 9706 Brand Sales Manager Scott Crowley 0410 221 434 NSW Agency Sales Max Kolomiiets (02) 8275 6486 VIC Agency Sales Adrian Smith 0408 337 004 QLD Todd Anderson 0409 630 733 SA Nick Lenthall (08) 8212 6256 WA Greg Boase 0438 905 869 Circulation Manager Stuart Jones EXECUTIVE GROUP Group Finance Manager Cain Murphy Brand Content Director Simon Telford Digital Content Director Glenn Butler General Manager Publishing Terry King Chief Executive Officer Brendon Hill…

2 min.
jeep line-up to be electrified by 2022

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has announced that the full line-up of Jeep vehicles will be electrified by the year 2022. The Australian line-up includes all of its SUVs ranging from the Compass, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and the new Gladiator pick-up truck, which goes on sale in quarter-two of 2020. Globally, the EVs will also include the compact Renegade SUV, which is no longer sold in Australia; the seven-seat Grand Commander, which is sold exclusively in China; the yet-to-be-released Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer large SUVs; and the next-generation Grand Cherokee. All of these vehicles will offer either PHEV or BEV variants in addition to internal combustion powertrains by 2022. Speaking at a Jeep drive event in New Zealand this week, Jeep Global President Christian Meunièr said Jeep would be, “the greenest SUV…

2 min.
bigger is better

JAMIE Facer’s mammoth F-250 proved once and for all that bigger is definitely better in the eyes of our readers, with the 2017 F-250 Platinum winning our Custom 4X4 Of The Year poll for 2019. The burly pick-up clinched the gong ahead of Max’s tidy N80 Hilux by 130 votes, with another Toyota – Matt Szczesny’s 200 Series – rounding out the top three. The tinkered F-truck, meticulously crafted by Jamie Facer of Allsafe Mine Vehicle Equipment (AMVE 4x4), pulls no punches, which certainly helped when it came time to vote. Powered by Ford’s well-known 6.7-litre Power Stroke V8 engine, the F-250 comes from the factory floor as an already-capable 4x4 tourer (after the import and conversion companies play their part, of course), but that didn’t stop Jamie from going to town on…

1 min.
aaaa introduces the aic in melbourne

THE Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) moved into a brand-new headquarters at the end of 2019 and in doing so marked the opening of the Auto Innovations Centre (AIC). The AIC is modelled on the SEMA Garage in the USA, where members are able to access testing and data on a range of vehicles to make developing and testing new products for them simpler and more affordable. “Our primary function is to assist the Australian automotive aftermarket companies to compete in Australia and internationally,” said AAAA chief executive, Stuart Charity, at the opening. To be operated by the AAAA, the AIC is backed by some of the biggest names in the automotive aftermarket industry. Four-wheel drivers will recognise the likes of ARB, Harrop, Terrain Tamer, Pedders, Redarc, Repco and Airbag Man among others,…