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4x4 Magazine Australia August 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
pressure points

I HAVE found myself mentioning tyre-pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) in a few road tests of late, and how good it is to see them being standard equipment in more new vehicles. In fact, I think a TPMS is the most important safety feature you can fit to any car and they should be mandatory in new vehicles. Think about it for a minute. The tyres on your car are your contact with the road. They determine how well your car turns, stops, accelerates, avoids pedestrians, negotiates a bend and every aspect of how the car drives. As a plus, they also play a big part in how comfortable the ride is as well. New-car companies and the authorities that test and rate the safety systems on the cars, are big on fitting…

3 min
ineos reveals interior of 2022 grenadier

CONTINUING with its built-for-purpose theme, Ineos Automotive has revealed a functional and practical interior cabin for its Grenadier wagon which is due to go on sale around the globe in 2022. The styling is very military-like with plenty of switches and dials that are said to be easy to reach and use, even when wearing gloves. Hopefully, the abundance of dials and switches means users won’t be pushed in to menus within the screen to access commonly used controls, as seems to be the case in many new vehicles. “When we started thinking about the Grenadier’s interior, we looked carefully at modern aircraft, boats and even tractors for inspiration, where switches are sited for optimal function, regular controls are close to hand, auxiliary ones are further away,” said Toby Ecuyer, head of…

2 min
2022 grand cherokee sneaks in as phev model

DURING the reveal of its EV plans back in July, Jeep’s parent company Stellantis quietly slipped in an image of the to-date unseen, undisguised 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee wagon. Sure the three-row, seven-seat 2021 Grand Cherokee L is already on sale in the United States (see our review on page 56) but the two-row regular model has yet to be unveiled. Its official debut was set to happen at the NewYork Auto Show on August 20, when more details will be revealed. While the Grand Cherokee L is currently powered by a choice of petrol-fuelled V6 or V8 engines, the baby Grand revealed here is the 4xe plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, and this powertrain is expected to find its way into the L and all other Jeep models in the future. Jeep…

3 min
travel bulletin

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. AREAS OPEN ON FRASER ISLAND (QLD) The Wathumba camping area, Teebing (Wathumba Spit) camping area, Platypus Bay Road and Wathumba Road from Orchid Beach are open after a few months closure for wongari (dingo) management. Visitors are reminded to keep children close and never feed wongari. Remember K’gari is their place, give wongari space and don’t approach them. For more info see: parks.des.qld.gov.au NEW PARK IN FAR NORTH-WEST (NSW) NSW Environment Minister, Matt Kean, has announced a new national park north of Broken Hill. The…

3 min
turbo twist

THE Toyota LandCruiser’s outgoing 4.5-litre V8 diesel and incoming 3.3-litre V6 diesel in the 300 Series are both labelled as ‘twin-turbo’ engines, which makes the V6 just seem like a smaller version of the V8. After all, if you just lopped two cylinders off the end of the 4.5-litre V8 you would have a 3.3-litre V6, or thereabouts. But that wasn’t Toyota’s way and, in the case of these two engines, the shared ‘twin-turbo’ descriptor is seriously misleading. Where the outgoing V8 diesel has a relatively straightforward parallel-turbo system where the two turbos work completely independently from each other, both feeding off and feeding its adjacent bank of cylinders in a wide (90-degree) V-engine. As is conventional practice, the cylinders’ exhaust ports, and consequently the turbos, sit outside of the V.…

3 min
what’s with what3words?

LATE in 2020, the Australian Government announced the deployment of Advanced Mobile Location (AML) technology for the Triple Zero Emergency Call Service. AML is a technology built into the operating system of Apple and Android telephones – as long as you have the latest or near-latest operating system – which will provide greater location accuracy to Triple Zero during an emergency call from a mobile telephone. It has the potential to save lives and improve outcomes for mobile callers in Australia, as it is doing in the countries in which it has already been deployed. You can find out more about AML at: https://bit.ly/3gLNPFH At this time, however, AML does not work in Australia when a caller is ‘camped-on’ to another mobile network. Emergency camp-on, for those who have never heard…