25 Jun 2021

GWM Tank 300 could arrive next year

GWM Haval Australia could soon be selling the Tank 300 as a rival to the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco. GWM Haval is moving quickly on expansion plans for Australia and absolutely nothing is off the table when it comes to potential new models. One of the strong contenders is

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06 May 2021

Suzuki Jimny price surges, again

Suzuki’s popular small four-wheel-drive remains popular and gets more expensive. Suzuki has raised pricing on its little off-roader by $2500 to start at $28,490 plus on-road costs as the Japanese carmaker says waiting times are getting no shorter, though that might change. While never a high-volume import, the relatively cheap

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15 Feb 2021

The best V8 four-wheel drives on sale

There are plenty of options when looking for a 4WD, but only some four-wheel drives offer up V8 power. With the launch party for Toyota’s new LandCruiser 300 Series approaching, we’ve been pondering what the smaller engine replacement will be like. Not that we can fully confirm, but it seems

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12 Nov 2020

Ford Everest BaseCamp and Sport return for 2021

Popular special editions with exclusive trimmings continued in the revised Everest lineup. Ford has announced a revamped Everest that brings styling and special edition variants to the 2021.25MY lineup. Of particular interest are the Everest BaseCamp and Everet Sport, two models which proved successful previously and have been renewed for

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02 Nov 2020

GWM Ute priced at $34k drive-away

All-new dual-cab ute model to enter Australian market Q4 this year and remains keenly priced against rivals. Great Wall Motors will rebrand as GWM when it introduces an all-new dual-cab model later this year. Keeping nomenclature short, the new ute will simply be called, ‘Ute’. It entry-level Cannon model is

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29 Oct 2020

New Isuzu MU-X set for 2021

Isuzu’s new MU-X finally unveiled, and it looks like a welcome upgrade. Isuzu has unveiled the second-generation MU-X in Thailand, showing a much improved seven-seat four-wheel drive which will bolster the model’s sales. Arriving around 12 months after the new D-Max’s launch, we expect the MU-X will arrive in Australia

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26 Oct 2020

Testing Bluesteele’s 1000Nm Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series

Bluesteele’s 70 Series isn’t any ordinary LandCruiser wagon, it packs over 1000Nm underneath the bonnet and houses one of the best aftermarket clutch kits available for heavy-duty on and off-road performance. Produced with Bluesteele Clutch Hugely popular and a survivor against contemporary counterparts, Toyota’s LandCruiser 70 Series is a classic

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07 Oct 2020

Lexus LX 570 J201 overland concept is great

Lexus makes an overlander out of the luxury LX570.  It’s another year, another Lexus overland project, this time the J201 Concept that will be displayed at the 10-day Rebelle Rally even in the southwest USA. And again, it’s another Lexus concept off-roader we’d love to see in Australia, but likely

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22 Sep 2020

Toyota LandCruiser 300 rumours…again

LandCruiser bingo continues as a new engine rumour (about the fifteenth on our count) enters the arena. It wouldn’t be another month without a murmur somewhere in the globe on what engine/spec/ability the new LandCruiser ‘300 Series’ has. In fact, there should not be any rumours left, as Toyota was

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18 Sep 2020

New Nissan Patrol might go retro as a Bronco rival

Nissan says work is underway on a new Patrol and that it could be styled as a retro throwback, much like the popular new Ford Bronco. Nissan has confirmed it is working on the new generation Patrol and told us that it’s considering a design that includes throwbacks to the

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15 Sep 2020

Ford missed the mark with Bronco case for Australia

Has Ford missed a trick in not approving the new Bronco for right-hand drive? We think so. Not letting emotions get in the way (although yes, we do also really want to see the Bronco on Aussie roads and bush tracks too), it is the business case for the Bronco

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10 Sep 2020

Ford Ranger XLT gets new cab-chassis model

Ford dubs its new XLT 4×4 dual-cab cab-chassis ‘adventure-ready’. UPDATE: Ford Australia has clarified that the tow bar tongue is standard. Ford has introduced a new dual-cab cab-chassis model to the Ranger XLT trim level. The four-door ute with a flexible chassis rear allows customers to fit their own setup,

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07 Sep 2020

Ineos Grenadier debuts alongside original Land Rover, G Wagen, Toyota FJ

First public looks at the new Ineos Grenadier, a tough four-wheel drive destined for Australia. The rugged new Ineos Grenadier 4×4 has made its first public debut, set alongside an original Mercedes G-Wagen, Land Series I, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, and Willys Jeep at London’s Concours of Elegance. All are

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12 Aug 2020

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Shortie is back

The Jeep Wrangler short-wheelbase two-door in Rubicon trim is back but in a very limited quantity. Jeep Australia has announced availability and pricing for a limited Rubicon Recon edition, based on the four-door already on sale and also a short-wheelbase two-door. The latter will arrive in limited quantities, with just

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14 Jul 2020

Is Ford’s Bronco too wild for Jeep’s Wrangler to tame?

Here’s what the Ford Bronco is all about, including plenty of images and a comparison to its arch-nemesis. It’s fitting that the two benchmark off-roaders on a showroom floor are called Wrangler and Bronco. Of course, not every Wrangler can tame a wild Bronco, and sometimes a bucking Bronco succumbs

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