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4X4 Australia: Summer Edition on sale December 7.

By Tristan Tancredi, 05 Dec 2017 News

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First drives of the X-Class and T60 utes, complete SEMA 2017 coverage, and a wild modified 200 Series.

SUMMER edition… we hear you ask?

Well, we’ve increased out work-load and will be bringing you 13 issues next year, so to get us on track – and to get you the right issues in the correct months – we’ve produced the Summer Edition to wrap up 2017.

This way the January 2018 issue will arrive in January… who’d have thought?

It’s a cracking issue, too, with the first official drives of Merc’s X-Class and LDV’s T60, complete SEMA 2017 coverage, and a modified V8-powered 200 Series.

We also throw the new Disco into a baptism of fire against the best-in-class: Everest Titanium, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, and Prado Kakadu.

Get your copy of 4X4 Australia from newsagents or by subscribing to 4X4 Australia in electronic or print format.

What else you’ll get this month:

FIRST DRIVE: MERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS
First fang in Merc’s X250D leaves plenty of unanswered questions.

FIRST DRIVE: LDV T60
Budget-priced Chinese ute kicks up local dust for the first time.

SEMA 2017 COVERAGE
The best and wildest rides and products from SEMA 2017.

IVECO DAILY 4X4 VOYAGE
Traversing the Simpson Desert in a couple of Iveco trucks.

OUTBACK WAGON COMPARISON
Ford Everest Titanium v Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk v Land Rover Discovery SD4 HSE v Toyota Prado Kakadu.

THE OUTBACK WRANGLER’S MATT WRIGHT
We caught up with TV’s Matt Wright ahead of the Season 3 premiere of The Outback Wrangler.

CUSTOM LAND CRUISER 200 SERIES
With a 1000Nm-producing V8, this 200 has the go match the show.

CAPITAL CITY ESCAPES: MELBOURNE
The best weekend escapes only a few hours’ drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

2017 OUTBACK CHALLENGE
The heat was on at the 2017 Outback Challenge. We were there for all the action!

THE VEHICLE-BASED SUITCASE
We list everything you need to pack for any off-roading situation.

CHARNLEY RIVER STATION, WA
Charming Charnley provides a great base to explore the best of the Western Kimberley.

30TH OURAY JEEP JAMBOREE, USA
Four-wheeling through the USA’s Colorado Rockies for the 30th Ouray Jeep Jamboree.

THE REST

THIS month we install a set of drawers and an awning from Drifta to snapper Ellen’s FJ, take a look at the Thunder Multi-Function Jump Starter kit, try out a Darche Eclipse side awning, and fit a Flashlube diesel filter. We also list a heap of new aftermarket products that have recently landed in catalogues.

Matt calls out “paid-for” reviews, Fraser points out how smaller engines are required to push out increasingly more power, and Ron lists the best off-roading and camping apps on the market.

Three 4x4s get a spot in our long-term garage this month: Matt’s BJ73 Cruiser, our resident G300 Professional and the Perentie 110. Plus, we pop in for another brew at the famous Silverton Pub.

The Summer Edition of 4X4 Australia is in stores Thursday, December 7.