Bentley focused its attention on revealing an all-new concept coupe
at this year's Geneva Motor Show, so there was no Bentayga SUV as we thought there might be. That's not to say that utility vehicles didn't have any presence in Geneva, though. While they weren't as strong a fleet as sports cars
or concept cars
, crossovers and 4x4s had a solid presence anchored by the global debuts of some extremely rugged off-roaders.
Just because you have difficulty walking doesn't mean that you should be limited to the smooth sidewalks and asphalt paths of the world ... at least, not according to folks at Sweden's Zoomability. Their Zoom 4-wheel drive electric vehicle can be operated entirely by hand, allowing people with limited mobility – or anyone else – to get in some off-road action.
Last month, Land Rover claimed a new record
for a production SUV as its 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR ran the 20.8 km (13 mile) Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in eight minutes and 14 seconds. Now the company has lifted the bonnet and revealed the specs behind how a two and a half tonne Chelsea tractor is able to do a lap time like a stabbed rat.
In 2012, Brazilian 4x4 manufacturer Troller, which was purchased by Ford Brazil in 2007, provided a sneak preview of what its next T4 utility vehicle would look like with its TR-X concept
. It has now folded the look and feel of that concept into the new production T4, a 4x4 that is making other parts of the world beg Ford for a rebadged export.
Though the only range problems a leg-powered skateboard suffers are to do with the fitness of its rider, electric skateboards do offer the thrill of being able to take on a Corvette
without the aid of bionic limbs, zip over dirt, grass or road
without running out of puff, or even just get the adrenalin pumping
on the way to work. For the last 3 years, an Australian design team has been working on a multi-purpose powered board called the BajaBoard, which boasts 12 kW (16 hp) of 4WD electric grunt, adjustable independent suspension and LED lighting at the front and back. The project has now headed to Kickstarter for the final push toward production.
For nearly 50 years, Jeep enthusiasts have spent their Easters gathered together in one of the world's great off-roading destinations: Moab, Utah. Chrysler/Jeep eventually caught on to this marketing event in waiting, showcasing the off-road possibilities that its Mopar and Jeep Performance parts divisions can open up. Since 2002, it's introduced 40 Jeep concepts at the annual event. Jeep's six 2014 concepts are aimed squarely at serious off-road enthusiasts itching to explore the planet's diciest terrain.
"We wanted it to be as solid on water as the Land Cruiser is on land." That's Dutch Amfibious Transport co-founder Dirk-Jan de Jong talking about his company's heavy duty amphibious 4WD, the Amphibicruiser. Built around a Toyota Land Cruiser engine, it's a fully fledged on and offroad cruiser that can be driven up a river or out to sea with next to no training.
We've grown quite accustomed to rugged, 4WD trucks and SUVs over the years. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen was determined to show a few different looks for all-wheel-powered vehicles with off-road intentions. It revealed a utility convertible in the T-ROC concept
and also debuted the Multivan Alltrack concept, an AWD van for "all roads and any track."
First introduced into rally racing in 1980, Audi’s AWD Quattro system has become synonymous with all wheel drive performance. Its AWD activities have since shifted from that of a rally-only diet to the arena endurance racing in the form of the championship winning R18 e-tron Quattro. For 2014, the Le Mans champion is back to defend its title packing more than just new laser headlights
– it has a completely redesigned dual-hybrid system in hand.
Over the past couple of months, our attention has been caught by a couple of monstrous, land/water rescue machines in the form of the Ghe-O Rescue
and the ARGO XTI 8x8
. The CAMI Amphibious Responder makes three, and it is the largest, most powerful amphibious rescue machine of the bunch.