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4x4 Magazine Australia Summer 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!

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2 min
overcoming automotive envy

WELL, it looks like we’ve been dudded again folks! Jeep USA has pulled the covers off its 2021 Wrangler 392 with its factory-fitted 392 cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine onboard, but it’s only for the left-hook driving Americans at this point in time. And this isn’t the only occasion in recent times where Jeep has left us without the good stuff in the Wrangler/Gladiator range of vehicles, as the V6 diesel engine is also not coming our way any time soon. It’s a shame, really, as I reckon the 6.4-litre V8 option would be just the thing that could really make Aussies take notice of the Seven-Slot Grille again; more so than the 3.0-litre diesel. The Pentastar V6 petrol engine is okay, but it needs to be revved hard to get the…

3 min
v8 wrangler lobs

JEEP pulled the wraps off its first V8-powered ‘traditional Jeep’ in almost 40 years, with the unveiling of the 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392. Before you head on down to your local dealer to order yours, cool your heels, as the Wrangler 392 will be made in left-hand drive only so it’s not coming to Australia. An official statement from FCA Australia read, “At this stage, the Rubicon 392 is going to be produced in LHD only. With that said, we know how much Australians love their V8s, so if that changes we’ll be the first to put our hand up.” FCA remains the only manufacturer to offer non-premium V8-powered four-door passenger cars in Australia, with the Chrysler 300C sedan and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV still available with V8 grunt – and those…

3 min
bold-look navara set for early 2021 arrival

NISSAN has pulled the wraps off its 2021 Navara mid-size LCV, which will arrive in local dealers in the first quarter of next year. In what is a mid-life update for the one-tonne ute, the changes centre on a new front end designed to give the Nav a bigger and bolder look with a higher bonnet line, bold ‘Interlock’ radiator grille, LED headlights, and associated front bumper. The cargo tub height has been raised 20mm and straightened out as well, to create a straight line from front to back. “While pickup customers want their new car to look fresh and impressive, they do not let us sacrifice functionality in the name of style,” explained Ken Lee, Senior Design Director for pickups and frame SUVs. “Equipped with the latest advanced technologies the new model features…

3 min
travel bulletin

BUGGING OUT King Creek Station (KCS) in the NT’s Red Centre has decades of history welcoming tourists to this former working cattle property. Adjacent to Kings Canyon and only a short drive from Uluru, KCS is right on the tourist trail. A new way to see KCS is via one of its guided buggy tours. The side-by-side buggies (not quad bikes as shown) offer a unique way to explore the property. Bookings at www.kingscreekstation.com.au ROSE ISLE STATION When the Drive 4 Life team said they stopped at Rose Isle Station on their trip down the Darling River (see p108) we wanted a closer look. The property is on the eastern side of the Darling, some 70km downstream from Bourke and close to Gundabooka NP. The station has powered and unpowered campsites on the grassed lawn or…

3 min

AS AUSTRALIA moves into some form of ‘COVID normal’ and the Victorian High Country is open again, some adventurous travellers, four-wheelers and campers heading to the mountains may find a bit more than they bargained for … It’s been more than seven months since Russell Hill left his Drouin home and Carol Clay her Pakenham abode to go camping in the Wonnangatta Valley. This ‘Hidden Valley of the Alps’ is one of the most iconic destinations in the High Country, but it seems the mysteries that surround this verdant glen are increasing. The couple were reported missing around March 20 and their camp was found burnt out and Russell’s Cruiser was lightly singed. There has since been no sign of the two people, with police detectives overseeing the case and the search…

3 min
tech torque

ONE said, “Land Rover Offender.” Another, “What a misguided path.” And others, a lot more. The new Defender has certainly upset the Land Rover faithful and I understand their discontent. The essential problem is that the ‘old’ Defender, namely the one that stopped production on January 29, 2016, was a very basic and relatively simple 4x4 with a separate chassis and live axles at both ends – being what it was, namely the direct descendant of the original 1948 Land Rover. That last of the old Defenders was about as low-tech as it could be, while still meeting mandatory safety and emissions regulations in play at the time. The new Defender, however, is as complex and sophisticated as any current Land Rover model, Range Rovers included. In fact, the new Defender is…