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Summer 2018 issue: 4X4 Australia magazine preview

By Tristan Tancredi, 05 Dec 2018 News

Rock-hopping Ranger, Cummins-powered Land Rover 110 and bonus SE Queensland DVD headline stunning Summer 2018 issue.

Summer 2018 issue 4X4 Australia magazine preview news

THE rock-crawling Ford Ranger you see planted on the cover packs Ultimate Dana 60 axles – some of the strongest axles on the planet – and is the result of an open chequebook and a complete disregard for rules.

A trip State-side brought us face-to-face with a custom 1988 Land Rover 110 with a Cummins R2.8-litre turbo-diesel residing beneath the hood; Sin City was also on the cards on our American adventure for the annual SEMA Show, and we list all the best four-wheelers and products to line the massive halls in 2018.

We carve through off-road terrain in Thailand with the upcoming 2019 Mitsubishi Triton; the budget-priced Great Wall Steed dual-cab impresses with its underrated ability; and Matt takes a V8-powered RAM 1500 Laramie for a spurt to Melbourne’s outskirts.

Ford now offers the Everest wagon with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel introduced with the Ranger Raptor, so we decided to run it side-by-side with Holden’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel-powered Trailblazer. Is the Everest’s 2.0-litre the ‘little’ engine that could?

In this issue we also venture to the world’s largest parallel sand-dune desert, the Simpson; and we discover a new NT gem not yet open to the public.

We also chat to the experts to unravel why a recovery strap is an essential off-road recovery tool. Enjoy!


-          Bonus 4x4 Adventure Series DVD: SE Qld (part 1)
-          4X4 Shed: Nissan Patrol GU
-          Explore: Litchfield NP, NSW
-          Product Test: UEV-490 camper trailer
-          Terrain Tamer’s BJ40 Bull Buggy
-          Ground Grabba tested
-          70 Series clutch and regear
-          1HZ engine gets boosted
-          Regular columns, new gear and plenty more.