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4x4 Magazine Australia

4x4 Magazine Australia June 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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in this issue

2 min.
australia is opening up

AS WE send this magazine off to the printers in Sydney, we are buoyed by hope that travel restrictions are lifting and we’ll soon be able to get out and about to explore this great country. Even with limits of 50 and 100km travel from your home, this still gives us opportunities to get out and ride a bike, hike and enjoy some fresh air. South Australia has opened many of its national parks, campgrounds, caravan parks and lifted travel restrictions, so lucky South Aussies are allowed to enter the Flinders and Gammon Ranges and farther north to the Red Centre. Hopefully the other states will follow soon, as well as more interstate travel. The team at the Mt Dare Hotel were quick to jump on the announcement, inviting travellers to their…

1 min.
check out our website

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

4 min.
what’s coming in h2

WITH everything that has happened, it’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through 2020. Regardless of COVID-19 and all that’s come with it, it’s been a quiet first half of the year when it comes to new 4x4 models – and this hasn’t been helped by the extremely slow new-vehicle sales numbers. The second half of 2020 is looking brighter and, with some lockdown restrictions already being softened or lifted, we’re set for a swag of new 4x4s ready to hit the market. Let’s have a look at what we can expect, as well as a few 4x4s we’ll say goodbye to. JEEP GLADIATOR JEEP’S long-awaited pick-up hits our shores in June in both Overland and Rubicon models. At launch Gladiator will only come with a V6 petrol and 8-spee-d auto drivetrain and…

2 min.
ldv fits all-new turbo-diesel engine

LDV has bolted a smaller, more powerful 2.0-litre four cylinder engine – designated D20 and designed in-house by Chinese-owned company SAIC – to both its T60 ute and D90 wagon. The D90 seven-seater runs a bi-turbo arrangement which sends 160kW and 480Nm through an all-new eight-speed ZF gearbox. Compared to its diesel contempories – MU-X (130kW/430Nm), Fortuner (130kW/450Nm) and Everest (143kW/470Nm and 157kW/500Nm) – the D90 is now one of the most powerful in its class … not bad for a sub-$50K price tag. Unlike the D90’s bi-turbo arrangement, the T60 Trailrider 2 features a single-scroll turbocharger. This means the Trailrider 2 puts 120kW and 375Nm through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission – up from the first-gen 2.8-litre’s 110kW and 360Nm. “We’re delighted to broaden our offering in the large…

8 min.
old school rok

THE Amarok V6 arrived here in December 2016, but only with an eightspeed automatic gearbox and a single range full-time 4x4 system. At the time Volkswagen Australia said aV6 with a manual gearbox and dual-range part-time 4x4 was just 12 months away. As it has turned out the V6 manual took more than three years to arrive. And while theV6 automatic comes in everything from farm-stripped to Toorak fleshed-out, and with two different engine tunes (550Nm and 580Nm), the manual only comes in base spec with two same-price ($49,590 plus orc.) variants, the Core and the Core Enduro. POWERTRAIN AND PERFORMANCE THE Australian AmarokV6 manual is unique as it gets it own engine tune not available elsewhere in the world, where the manual gearbox is mated at best to a 150kW variant…

2 min.
now’s the time to use our estore

We at Terrain Tamer have recently ramped up our online presence in an effort to meet the dramatic uplift in demand from online shoppers in the wake of recent national quarantine and lockdown laws. Our main priority has always been to keep our customers safe with Parts That Get You Home, now we want to keep you safe while you stay at home. With the automotive industry being classified as essential business, our warehouses are still running as usual, with the relevant health & safety practices put in place for both staff and customers. In many states, we have doubled the number of delivery drivers to meet the demand from both professional and home mechanics, now that many are working from home. As well as having introduced an innovative parts catalogue for trade customers,…