4x4 Magazine Australia

4x4 Magazine Australia October 2020

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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!

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original is best

WHILE I find it exciting to see new and interesting 4x4 vehicles coming to market, I’m disappointed in the blatant lack of originality in the design of some of them. While it seems to be the norm for most new passenger cars and SUVs to all look the same, as if they were all designed by the same team of Year 5 school students, I’d like to think we should expect more of the bespoke 4x4 manufacturers. Like many of us I’ve been excited to watch the rapid development and design of the Ineos Grenadier coming out of the UK. They are promising a no-frills, built-forpurpose 4x4 vehicle much along the lines of the classic Land Rover Defender, but one that would meet all modern safety and emissions requirements to allow…

1 min.
check out our website

VISITORS to our digital space will know our homepage resides at whichcar.com. au/4x4australia. Tune in for 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 website, with our other in-house magazines MOTOR, Street Machine and Wheels all just a convenient click away.…

3 min.
thar baby

INDIAN manufacturer of tractors and rugged 4x4 vehicles unveiled it latest Thar vehicle in August, with news the very Jeep-like SUV will be on sale in Australia in the first half of 2021. There’s no denying the 2021 Thar has a striking resemblance to the previous generation Jeep Wrangler, and that’s no fluke as Mahindra & Mahindra has been building vehicles under licence from Jeep since 1947. That relationship has soured in recent times as FCA, the current owners of Jeep, took Mahindra & Mahindra to court in 2019 over the Roxor vehicle after they started selling it in the USA as a recreational vehicle. FCA argued and won the case stating that the Roxor carried too many Jeep trademarked design features including the vertical-slat grille and shape of the wheel…

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raptor-fighting trx launches, with oz deliveries on the cards

RAM Trucks USA has dropped the covers on its Supercharged Hemi V8-powered 1500 TRX, with RAM Australia eager for it to arrive as the flagship offering of the 1500 range. The powerplant giving the TRX the title of “most powerful mass-produced truck in the world” is the venerable supercharged 6.2-litre offering rated at 523kW and 881Nm and said to help the TRX hit 60mph (96.5km/h) from zero in just 4.5 seconds. The HEMI puts its power through an eight-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive. Clean, cool air is fed into the V8 by a new dual-path induction system, which utilises two paths to draw in air – via the hood scoop and via the front grille. “The entire Ram TRX intake system is engineered to minimise power-robbing air restrictions while ensuring only clean,…

3 min.
travel bulletin

AS SOME state borders open while others remain closed, events that were postponed or in doubt are coming back online, so it’s time to get out and about to enjoy the great land and support the communities. The situation is still fluid and things are changing all the time, so please check with event organisers before locking in your plans. FIRST ACROSS THE SIMPSON IN 2021 How would you like to be among the first to cross the Simpson Desert when it reopens in 2021? The desert is due to open from its summer closure on March 15, and that’s when Ron and Trent Moon plan to leave Birdsville for a trek west across using The Madigan Line. Moon Tours will take you across the desert with the experience and knowledge to get you…

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new isuzu d-max challenges the establishment

NEW ISUZU D-MAX SEEKS TO COMPETE HEAD-ON WITH HILUX AND RANGER. ISUZU Ute Australia (IUA) has pulled the covers off its newest D-MAX midsize ute, which went on sale in Australia on September 1. The new third-generation D-MAX represents a step up in style, equipment and price for the well-regarded pickup, and IUA now sees it as a product that will compete head-on with segment leaders Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux. The new D-MAX lands with a line-up of 20 model variants, taking in two-and fourwheel drive; single-, extra-and double-cab cabin styles; ute and cab-chassis; and four trim levels. The range starts with the 4x2 Extra-Cab SX ute at $38,900 and runs through to the range-topping X-Terrain Double-Cab ute at $62,900; although, introductory driveaway pricing will get you in to a 4x2 D-MAX Single…