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4x4 Magazine Australia April 2021

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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in this issue

3 min
be prepared

I ALWAYS knew there was something I didn’t like about keyless ignitions. Aside from the fact it means you need to find somewhere to store the keys while you’re driving, it just never rang true with me; but like so many mod-cons, the more you live with them the more you start to appreciate them. Yes, I was starting to like the ability to walk up to a car, open the door and start the engine without needing to find a the keys at all. But my misgivings proved true on the 4X4OTY road test when the Mazda BT-50 failed to start because the car’s computer couldn’t ‘find’ its key fob and wouldn’t disarm the immobiliser. Yes we had the key fob, yes the car had electrical power, but the starter…

2 min
land rover launches 386kw-625nm defender v8

LAND ROVER has added some V8 muscle to its 2022 Defender family. The supercharged 5.0-litre V8 – to be made available with both 90 and 110 models – delivers a stonking 386kW and 625Nm, making it the most powerful production Defender ever made. It’s serious power, even compared to the Defender Works V8 (298kW and 515Nm) which was created back in 2018 to celebrate Land Rover’s 70th anniversary. Land Rover also tickled with the Defender’s suspension and transmission, specifically tuning the V8 variant to be an even more agile and engaging experience. To this end, bespoke spring and damper rates, as well as a new electronic active rear diff (with yaw controller) are utilised. A new Dynamic mode within the Terrain Response system is also unique to the V8 Defender. “The 5.0-litre V8 supercharged…

3 min
navara warrior coming, more could follow

THERE will be a trio of more muscular, locally-modified Nissan off-road models rolling on our roads in the near future if Nissan Australia has its three wishes granted – with a Premcar-developed Navara Warrior, Patrol Warrior and Titan pickup all still under discussion. Following the success of the D23 Navara N-Trek Warrior, Nissan’s head office in Japan is allowing Nissan Australia to further explore possibilities with partner Premcar for more model conversions in the Melbourne-based factory. While there are no new models to confirm under the Warrior program as yet, discussions for toughened versions of the ute, large SUV and full-size truck are still ongoing. Speaking at the launch of the 2021 Navara, Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester explained that the initial sell-out run of 1400 Warriors had built a solid…

4 min
travel bulletin

AS state borders continue to open and close, events that were postponed or in doubt are coming back online, so it’s time to get out and about to enjoy this 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. MUNDI MUNDI BASH A new outback music festival called the Mundi Mundi Bash will be held on the plains west of Broken Hill on August 19 to 21. The MMB features classic Australian rockers: Paul Kelly, Tim Finn, John Williamson, Kate Ceberano, Ian Moss, Shannon Noll, the Radiators, Ross Wilson, Vika & Linda, Mi-Sex, The Chantoozies, Marc Gable, Dragon, Glenn Shorrock, Wendy Matthews and Shane Howard. For more, see www.mundimundibash.com.au WIDE OPEN SPACES This one…

3 min
waiting game continues for the 200 series’ replacement.

IF YOU think the replacement for the 200 Series LandCruiser is a long time coming, then you’re right. In round numbers, the 60 Series lasted 10 years, the 80 Series lasted seven years and the 100 Series nine years, while production of the 200 ran for 14 years, before halting recently. The fact Toyota has stopped making the 200 indicates the ‘300 Series’, for want of a better name, is imminent. Given the size of the global market for the 200 and its offshoot the Lexus LX570, as well as the central part the LandCruiser name plays in the Toyota brand, it couldn’t be any other way … one would think. So why has Toyota been so slow in rolling out the 300 Series, given it was already testing 300 Series prototypes…

3 min
it pays to double-check your breakdown and recovery policy

EMERGENCY Recovery Insurance is a good thing, I reckon. I should know, I’ve been on the receiving end of it on three different occasions over the past 12 years or so. However, there are limits on what’s included, and what was once covered by your insurance may not be covered nowadays. A hell of a lot of travellers rely on their state auto association for emergency roadside assist and recovery, and I’ll be talking about RACV Emergency Roadside Assist Total Care which I’m most familiar with. Other state automobile associations (NRMA, RACQ, etc.) have very similar packages with similar benefits, although there may be minor differences – so it’s best to check. Some years back the ol’ Patrol broke down on a remote Aboriginal road north of the Tanami Road, some 700km…