There must be something in the water supply around Toyota HQ. Maybe pure grain alcohol. As if a Lexus hoverboard wasn't enough weirdness for one week, Toyota also revealed the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, a Sienna/Tacoma hybrid that will be trekking across North America. The Swagger Wagon has more swagger than ever, along with the newfound mettle to back it up.
When Mercedes introduced the bold, imposing G500 4x4 Squared at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, it said it would consider production based upon the reaction it received. Well, the reaction was good, and Mercedes is pressing ahead with production. The company announced last week that the jacked-up G-Class will join the ranks of the other 2016 G-Class members at Mercedes dealerships ... priced at well over double the standard G500.
Last year, Honda earned some press for adding paddle shifters to its
Pioneer 500 UTV. Now, it's launching a larger, more powerful
side-by-side with the feature – the all-new 2016 Pioneer 1000. Honda
says its new UTV flagship is the first side-by-side in the industry with
a six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and the class leader in
engine size. Work or play, this UTV is hungry for dirt and mud.
We've spent a lot of time covering overland expedition vehicles of late thanks to the recent Overland Expo and Abenteuer und Allrad shows. The all-new Marq concept from Quantis GmbH may be our favorite of the bunch. An interesting blend of function and fashion, the prototype design features a clean, modern shell atop a rugged, military-style Land Rover Defender 130 chassis. It also has an efficient, versatile interior. This vehicle is ready to ride anywhere and everywhere and look pretty damn cool doing it.
If there is one vehicle on the road that doesn't need any help attracting attention, it's most certainly the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6. That hasn't stopped German tuning shops from giving it their own special treatments, though. We got a look at Brabus' 700-hp B63 last year and now Mansory has unleashed a new 829-hp (618 kW) G63 6x6 package.
Since 2008, Phoenix-based Bivouac Camping Trailers has been offering stout, versatile camping trailers meant to haul recreational gear deep into the wild and set up camp for a night or more. The new MOAB Gobi breaks the mold of cargo box + pop-out tent, giving BCT buyers the option of a rugged teardrop with go-anywhere grit. Also new to the line, the MOAB Crawler is a tiny aluminum box built to go "where no MOAB has gone before."
It would seem that the tiny market for giant, world-traveling expedition vehicles is growing a little less tiny. Or maybe it's just wishful thinking on the part of industry businesses. At the Overland Expo, the United States' premier show for such vehicles, manufacturers like EarthRoamer and EarthCruiser reached out to new demographics with brand-new models. At least one manufacturer will be doing the same at this week's Abenteuer und Allrad (Adventure and All-Wheel) show in Germany. Just a few months after showing the near-seven-figure Global XRS 7200, Action Mobil is now going after a different (still well-heeled) buyer with its entry-level Pure series.
The EarthRoamer XV-HD wasn't the only all-new earth-shaking expedition vehicle at this year's Overland Expo West. Similarly named competitor EarthCruiser showed the FX, a new simpler, lower-priced Mitsubishi Fuso-based expedition truck with fixed roof.
“That’s cool, but you’re never going to sell one.” It’s a sentiment that EarthRoamer, builder of some of the world's toughest off-road expedition vehicles, has heard many times over the 12 years it's been rolling product out. But it has sold them, 150 of them, in fact. The company is so confident that it will keep selling them that it is now working on an even larger, more expensive 4x4 motorhome. We previously took a look at the basic specs of the all-new XV-HD expedition vehicle, and after traveling to Overland Expo, we have a few more details about this beastly build, including its near-seven figure price tag.
If you've seen Mad Max: Fury Road, then you'll be familiar with
the tank-tracked Peacemaker chase vehicle. In fact, the Peacemaker was
actually a modified Ripsaw, an off-road vehicle manufactured by
Maine-based Howe and Howe Technologies. Although the movie version had
a car body on top, the consumer/military version is open-topped. Now,
however, Howe & Howe has announced the new-and-enclosed Ripsaw EV2
(Extreme Vehicle 2) – it's described as a "high-end luxury super tank."