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4x4 Magazine Australia June 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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
wagon or ute?

LAST month I was tossing up the pros and cons of a 4x4 ute or their wagon brethren. Think Toyota Hilux versus Fortuner, Isuzu D-MAX versus MU-X, and Mitsubishi Triton versus Pajero Sport. Each of them have for-and-against points when building an off-road adventure rig. The two modified 4x4s featured in this issue both bring up a wagon-versus-ute argument again, but this time it’s slightly different. Are the modern mid-size 4x4 utes better vehicles than the manufacturers’ long-established full-size wagon models? In the feature on Blake Mills’ Hilux – as seen on the cover of this issue – we ask: is the modern Hilux a better fourbie buy than an equivalent vintage LandCruiser for young blokes like Blake? While in the feature on Brendan Rogers’s D23 Navara, the owner states that it…

4 min
2022 ford ranger raptor

LAST week Ford Australia released news of its Ranger Raptor X, which brings a range of styling tweaks to the top-of-the-range Raptor model to see it through to what we expect will be the end of the PX2 model at the end of 2021. But what of the next Ranger; will we see a Raptor in 2022? With the popularity of the current Ranger Raptor and its success as a halo model for the brand, we’d have to say that an all-new one will be a definite yes; but what form it will take and what will power it are a long way from being revealed. We expect the 2022 Ranger will be shown by the end of 2021, but whether or not it will make showrooms by the end of the year…

2 min
drive 4 life tours iconic bush pubs for charity

THE 2021 Drive 4 Life 4x4 tour will again seek to travel to some of the Outback’s most iconic hotels – from Broken Hill to Silverton via the Flinders Ranges, Marree, Mungerannie, Birdsville, Innamincka, Cameron Corner, Tibooburra and Milparinka. The Drive 4 Life (D4L) crew planned to do this tour in 2020 but border closures kept them within New South Wales; so, all going well, they’ll visit some of the best watering holes in the bush this year. The tour kicks off in Broken Hill on Saturday, September 4, 2021 and will finish at Silverton on Sunday, September 12. Even though the 2020 tour was shortened, those who attended all had a great time as they ventured to Cameron Corner (where they couldn’t cross the border) and then followed the Darling River…

3 min
travel bulletin

ALL THE LATEST 4X4 NEWS AND EVENTS MOUNTAIN TRACKS ANNUAL CLOSURE (VIC) Many of our favourite four-wheel drive tracks in the Victorian High Country will be gated for the annual seasonal closure over the winter months. The closure is due to begin after the Queen’s Birthday weekend on June 12 to 14. They won’t reopen until the long weekend in November. So now is the time to squeeze in a High Country adventure. A main reason for the closure is to protect the tracks from damage. BALLADONIA TRACK REMAINS OFFICIALLY CLOSED (WA) The so-called Balladonia Track, which runs between Balladonia and Esperance, has been officially closed for some time … and it looks like staying that way! This route, which saves hundreds of kilometres for those travelling from the east across the Nullarbor and wanting…

3 min
tech torque

IF YOU have been paying attention, and I’m sure some of you do, you would have seen a report that Toyota Australia’s sales and marketing supremo Sean Hanley has issued a word of caution regarding the push for the faster take-up of electric vehicles. His words were a rare, sensible and reasoned voice in a discussion that’s often far from sensible or reasoned. See, the trouble is, EVs aren’t just a new automotive technology, they also represent an ideology that says cutting carbon emissions and hopefully limiting climate change is the most important thing on mankind’s agenda right now. And when it comes to ideological debate, the subtle detail is almost always lost. Among other things, Hanley points out that charging EVs off an electricity grid relies in any part on…

3 min

AS I write this I’m about to head out to our vast western desert country. It seems I won’t be alone going by the interest on TV and social media – this year is going to be a busy one in outback Australia, in fact right across the continent from Sydney to Perth and from Darwin to Tassie. But for those who are preparing to head out to desert country and are getting their info from social media, I really do despair. There are so many self-proclaimed experts out there spruiking their wares on FB, Instagram and Twitter, who may have done a single lap of Australia or one trip across the Simpson Desert and they know everything … or so they say! So, what’s my qualifications you may ask … and…