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Can Nissan rescue the Navara with MKII?

In Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

From snapping chassis’ to the suspension issues plaguing the NP300, is the new Series 2 NP300 enough to claw back sales, and bring back the solid workhorse name that the Navara has fought to make for itself? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When Nissan announced the NP300 Navara we were all, frankly, rather bloody excited. For years the industry had been waiting for a manufacturer that had mastered coil springs …

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The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is the most reasonable and boring 4X4 in Australia

In Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Pajero Sport GLS Review – Looks like Star Trek   There is a debate raging in my head. On one side there is a pragmatic, reasonable man, who uses fact and logic. This man tells me that the Pajero Sport is a very good vehicle for the money, which can perform a variety of tasks quite well. It’s reasonably powerful and quite fuel-efficient; and it can seat seven with solid off-road capability and modernity.   …

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Mitsubishi Triton GLS Double-cab review

In Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane3 Comments

The Triton is one of the best-value options for the pragmatic ute buyer, but it has to work hard against some sharp competition. We give one a solid on-road and off-road test, to see how it stacks up.   ON-ROAD Daily driving the Triton is a positive and painless experience. Suspension is nicely tuned, with the typical firmness in the rear end. Steering is tight, and the turning circle is impressively small. The engine purrs …

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Should I buy a Great Wall ute?

In Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

The all-new Steed is a move in the right direction for the Chinese brand… but it isn’t without its problems. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE We Australians are a bit of a xenophobic bunch, both historically and contemporarily. Let’s not get into nitty-gritty political details here, aside from the fact that when I started road-testing the new Chinese ute on the block – the Great Wall Steed – the whole …

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New vehicle news: Land Rover Discovery Pricing released

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Starting from $65K The 2017 Land Rover Discovery looks to be a pretty special beast, evolving the already advanced Discovery 4 to even greater heights. Like the early Disco 3 models, these will come in a cheap, cloth interior and coil-sprung ‘S’ variant – starting at only $65,960. You’ll have to wait a few months after launch for one of these, however.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   From …

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REVIEWED: Kelly Campers Glenrowan II

In 4X4 Reviews, Camper Trailer And Caravan Reviews, Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane3 Comments

… Ned would be proud Thunder, lightning and heavy rain did not deter my enthusiasm for checking out the new Kelly Camper. It’s smart, innovative and could be bulletproof… although I didn’t test it for that.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   The first thing that you will notice is that the Kelly Glenrowan II is boxy. We’ve all become accustomed to how a camper looks, but this one …

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New vehicle news: Triton Updates

In 4X4 Reviews, News, Vehicle Reviews by Morgan Lane0 Comments

Keen on a Mitsubishi Triton? You’re best-off waiting on up-spec’d MY17 models, or bargaining hard on leftover 2016 stock. GLS and Exceed models get a new 7-in touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a leather steering wheel and some styling changes. GLX and GLX+ reversing camera standard, as well as Bridgestone Dueler A/T D693 tyres that replace highway terrains. This makes one of the sharpest-priced 4X4 utes even better value, …

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Reviewed: Jurgens TuffTrax

In Vehicle Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Jurgens challenged us to try and break their new off-road camper. Challenge accepted!   A lot of trailer manufacturers these days market their campers and vans as ‘off-road’ capable. The problem is – what do they classify as ‘off-road’? Some play it straight and design their frames and suspension to handle pretty much anything your 4X4 can. Others consider that ‘off-road’ means a well-graded dirt road and the grassy section of the local caravan park …

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Road Test – 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series

In Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Morgan Lane1 Comment

Some BIG changes breathe new life into a rugged old legend   The product planning, design and engineering team at Toyota Australia deserves a massive pat on the back. Somehow, amongst a sea of high-volume, global selling Corollas, RAV4s and hybrids, they managed to get the relatively tiny volume 70 Series LandCruiser back onto the drawing board.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   A …

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BRUTALLY REFINED

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Pining for the days where 4X4s were tough and shorts were short?  Iveco has you covered.   Forget brand allegiance for a minute. Forget about the cool builds you’ve seen in magazines. Forget about the undoubtedly hilarious stickers of Calvin relieving himself on someone else’s brand of 4X4. Forget it all for just one minute and imagine. Imagine what your perfect 4X4 would be, what it could do, and what it’d have. Imagine the kind …

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FACTORY-PIMPED 2017 HOLDEN COLORADO

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Allysia Murray1 Comment

Refined, redesigned, rebuilt. Is Holden’s new Australian designed and engineered truck a HiLux killer?   The Holden Colorado is well known for its solid off-road ability, yet less than stellar comfort and refinement levels. Being invited to the launch of the newest chapter in Holden’s 4X4 utility saga I was hoping to see an update in refinement and quality from the group. Was it going to blow my mind, or was I going to see …

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CUSTOM FJ CRUISER

In Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Allysia Murray2 Comments

Off-road Perfection takes time and a plan according to the lucky owner of this FJ Cruiser…   For images and to read this in our online magazine, CLICK HERE.   Building a 4X4 is best done with hindsight in mind. It’s only through experiences and failures that we’re able to decide not only what works and what doesn’t, but (more importantly) what we actually want. It’s the reason we see people building multiple setups time …

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BIG VAN, LITTLE VAN

In Comparisons, Vehicle Reviews by Laura Boshammer0 Comments

Half the size, a quarter the engine capacity and more than three times cheaper. But can the pint-size Suzuki Jimny keep up with the legendary Toyota Troop Carrier when the going gets tough? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   I can hear people typing away angrily as I write this, ‘why would you compare the Troopy to a Zook’? Well, there is method to the madness here folks, if you …

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REVIEW: ISUZU MU-X

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

We take the Isuzu MU-X off-road for a spin and find out if an SUV built by a truck company makes any sort of sense whatsoever… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   The Isuzu MU-X is proving an increasingly popular choice with everyone from grey nomads to young families becoming surprisingly passionate about this often under-rated off-roader. Not only does it drive well on the …

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ANZAC LEGENDS: THE LAND ROVER PERENTIE

In 4X4 Reviews, Features, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Evan Spence0 Comments

To commemorate ANZAC Day, we road-tested two very different Land Rover Perenties… and have the bruises to prove it!   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   It was about about 10am, and I was driving through the western suburbs of Sydney in an Ex-Army Land Rover Perentie. The only thing bigger than the smile on my face was the throbbing pain surging through my right …

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EARTHCRUISER – AUSTRALIA’S BEST TOURING 4X4?

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Sam Purcell1 Comment

  It’s raining. But, I couldn’t give two hoots. I’m snuggled up in bed under the breeze of a fan, and I’ve just reached across to grab a cold beverage from the fridge. If it gets a bit chilly, I can turn the heater on. Or if I’m peckish, I can cook up some tucker without a sweat. Nothing is a problem. If I wanted to drive off, all I would have to do is …

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200 SAHARA vs. DISCOVERY IV vs. MODDED Y62: THE HEAVYWEIGHT VEHICLE COMPARISON

In 4X4 Reviews, Comparisons, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Dex Fulton1 Comment

  THE THEORY Let’s say you’re looking for a 4X4 to take you all over the country, possibly pulling a camper or a van along behind you. You’re going to want heaps of torque for towing, enough off-road capability to handle the rougher sections of track and plenty of comfort for those long hauls in the saddle. If this sounds like you, chances are you’re looking at one of these three vehicles to fit the …

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4X4 REVIEW: IVECO DAILY

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Dex Fulton1 Comment

If you’re looking for a truck that can tow pretty much anything, carry a heap of gear and tackle just about any track in the country from stock, you should be looking at more than just ’Cruisers and Patrols.   OK, so you want a large 4X4 vehicle that can handle everything you can throw at it. You’re looking to tow your caravan or boat long distances, have enough room for all your camping gear …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: THE NAKED UTE REVEALED

In News, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

Over the past few weeks you’ve probably seen the ads for The Naked Ute popping up on the telly and your social media feed. Speculation over just what vehicle The Naked Ute actually is has been flowing freely, with people guessing everything from Ranger to HiLux to BT-50 with even a few Great Walls getting thrown in there. As this magazine lands in your inbox, the big reveal is actually being announced, and we can finally …

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The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Dex Fulton0 Comments

So it turns out America is getting yet another ridiculously cool vehicle that looks tailor-made for Aussie conditions, yet we’re stuck with the NP300 Navara. Come on Nissan Australia, lift your game! In case you haven’t heard of the Nissan Titan, it’s the ute that Nissan America sell to compete with the full-size trucks like the Ford F250, Dodge Ram and Chevy Duramax. This new Titan Warrior concept, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show recently, …

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JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Evan Spence1 Comment

Love `em or hate `em, you can’t deny that a Wrangler makes a fantastic base from which to build an off-road tourer.   To many off-roaders the Jeep brand remains a mystery. There seems to be a divide between those that love them and those that dislike them in equal measure. Whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, it has to be agreed that the popular US marque produces some very rugged and …

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PAJERO SPORT: FIRST DRIVE

In 4X4 Reviews, Features, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Evan Spence0 Comments

Four wheel drivers of Australia, we have good news. There’s another serious touring 4X4 on the market. Mitsubishi has had a long and storied history in the off-road scene. The Pajero was one of the first vehicles to marry serious off-road capability with family-friendly dynamics at an affordable price, and today there are many owners who are on their fourth, fifth or even sixth Pajero. They’re rugged, they handle well, and while not ‘up there’ …

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THE NEW NISSAN NAVARA

In Vehicle Reviews by Evan Spence0 Comments

FOR THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE The Navara has seemingly always been content with being number two in the four-wheel drive dual cab ute scene, but the brand new 2016 Navara NP300 is a clear statement that they’re gunning for the top spot. Exterior: I’ll be the first to say that looks are subjective, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the Nissan Navara is the one of, if not the, best-looking …

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ROAD TESTED TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 76-SERIES WAGON

In Vehicle Reviews by Evan Spence1 Comment

There are few who would disagree that the LandCruiser 70-Series is one of the last remaining real four-wheel drive vehicles on the market. It’s been in production since 1984, meaning that it’s been around longer than the 40-Series it replaced, and nearly as long its stablemate from Mercedes-Benz, the G-Wagen, which has been around since 1979. The 70-Series is a versatile vehicle that’s seen many different iterations and engines, which is a testament to the …

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WE HIT THE HIGH COUNTRY (IN A NEARLY STOCK PAJERO)

In Vehicle Reviews by Evan Spence1 Comment

You might not think of the Mitsubishi Pajero as an almighty off-road conquering machine, but you’re in for a shock! I recently had the opportunity get behind the wheel of the Unsealed 4X4 long term test Pajero GLX on a 1,900km round-trip jaunt from Sydney to the High Country. On this action packed week of exploration we traversed over 800km of the region’s roughest tracks, in a nearly stock configuration with cold temperatures, cloudy skies, …

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THE UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: TOYOTA FJ CRUISER

In Uncategorized, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Evan Spence0 Comments

The FJ Cruiser is a sign that there’s a glimmer of hope for 4X4 enthusiasts within the presumably perfectly organised offices at Toyota’s HQ. The FJ packs almost everything a four-wheel driver could want; twin fuel tanks, washable floors, impressive approach, departure, and break-over angles, and even a rear locker. The suspension is pretty good too, and the CRAWL system makes people look like they can drive much better than they can. Build quality is …

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COMP TRUCK VS. TOMCAR VS. DEFENDER

In Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Evan Spence0 Comments

Designed for the rigour of military and defence use in Israel, manufactured and modified for use in Australia; the Tomcar was built as a tool for farmers, miners, or anyone that needs to reliably transport loads across rough terrain. But the specs aren’t promising – a CVT transmission, fully independent suspension and 2X4 – it’s more like a Yaris than a Landcruiser. There’s no stereo, heating, power steering or any luxuries, really, so it weighs …

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THE UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: 2014 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Evan Spence0 Comments

The latest incarnation of the Defender might be the best – ever. It’s powerful, comfortable, fuel efficient, and beautiful – in a Margaret Thatcher kind of way. Close your eyes and imagine a four-wheel drive cruising down an empty, barren outback track. The sun is setting behind the dust cloud as the sky erupts into a fierce orange that can’t be replicated anywhere else on Earth. Now focus on the vehicle. It’s simple; perhaps there’s …

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UNSEALED 4X4 REVIEW: 2014 SUZUKI JIMNY

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Dex Fulton2 Comments

Most modern four-wheel drives are actually quite terrible at being a four-wheel drive. They’re big, luxurious, expensive and you most certainly wouldn’t call them economical. Which is funny, because the four-wheel drive was invented as a utility tool; the vehiclular equivalent of a Swiss army knife. These days the four-wheel drive is more like a smartphone, and a big one at that – which doesn’t do very well when it comes time to open a …

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The Unsealed 4X4 Review: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

In 4X4 Reviews, Vehicle Reviews, Vehicles by Dex Fulton1 Comment

The Outlander’s PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) variant, has a range of only 50km on pure electric driving, but in combination with a conventional internal combustion engine, could theoretically do a desert crossing using combined volt/fuel power. And that wouldn’t require bringing along a portable gennie (and a 15V powerpoint) if you just drove using the on-board generator to charge/drive as required. Outlander PHEV is the latest demonstration of Mitsubishi’s commitment to its [email protected] policy, …