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Jeep Chief concept, West County Explorers Club

Jeep has released a new concept vehicle meant to revive the look of the old Cherokee Chief. The concept is based on the modern, V6-powered Wrangler. I could do without the surfer girl interior (see photos after the jump) but the rest of it looks pretty cool.

Links:
Jalopnik: The 1970’s Jeep Chief Is Back As This Badass Wrangler-Based Prototype
Autoblog: Jeep Chief Concept Photo Gallery

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Nimbus e-Car

If you’ve ever wondered what an electric off-roader might look like, check out this concept for the Nimbus e-Car. It’s spec’d with a 180hp electric motor, 200 mile range and designed with wrap around windows. I love the look of it.

See more photos after the jump.

Thanks to Mas for finding this one!

Link:
Nimbus™ e-Car – Future is calling / hemisferiocriativo.com

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The blog autoevolution reported early this year that Jeep CEO Mike Manley will relaunch the Grand Wagoneer in 2018. Car and Driver reported the Grand Wagoneer’s rebirth in 2014 and autoblog sounded the trumpets back in 2011, citing then CEO Sergio Marchionne’s intent to show a new direction for the marque by 2013.

I’m as curious as the next guy to see what a rebooted luxury SUV from Jeep will look like. (And, although it’s interesting, the photoshopped Jeep Commander at the top of the autoevolution article isn’t a Jeep concept.)

Links:
2015 autoevolution article
2014 Car and Driver article
2011 autoblog article

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A couple of years ago IH8MUD member tim.korn.99 built a beautiful stainless steel rear bumper for his 80-series Land Cruiser. Judging by the CAD drawings it looks very well put together. Check the forum thread to see how it turned out. The fabrication work looks top notch.

Link:
Rear bumper design/build on IH8Mud

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Toyota Hilux Quadcab Diesel, West County Explorers Club

Here’s a rare find: a JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) Toyota Hilux Quadcab Pickup. The engine is a 2.8-liter diesel, mated to a 5-speed manual, and a 2-speed transfer case. Four doors, a short bed, and the seller claims this is the commercial model of this truck. Maybe that’s why the ad mentions a factory solid front axle? What’s not to love?

Well, Japanese market means right-hand drive. Also it’s for sale in Canada and still a year away from legal import status to the United States.

Upgrades include diff breathers and an Old Man Emu (OME) suspension, dampers, and bushings. The truck has 189,000 km on the clock, sounds to be well maintained, and can be found on Craigslist in Vancouver for  CAD$19,000.

Many more photos and the original ad text after the jump.

Link:
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In case you haven’t heard, Overland Expo WEST 2015 will be May 15–17 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event plays host to 170+ classes, 180+ exhibitors, as well as food, films, happy hours, a BBQ, and, according to last year’s figures, about 8,000 people from around the world. Camping is available onsite, though you can also come for the day or weekend without pitching a tent.

What does all of this fun cost? Here’s how it breaks down, if you get your tickets in advance.

Entire weekend of camping, classes, and the event:
$285 per person, or $490 per couple (kids under 17 are free with couple rate)

Entire weekend of camping and the event, but no classes:
$90 per person, or $155 per couple (kids are free with couple rate)

Entire weekend, just the event, no camping or classes:
$55 per person, or $95 per couple (kids are free with couple rate)

Single day at the event, no camping or classes:
$25 per person, or $45 per couple (kids are free with couple rate)

Check the site for day-of pricing and other special deals.

Link:
Overland Expo WEST 2015
Schedule and Classes info

G500 Concept, via WCXC

The über-wagen pictured above, is what Mercedes-Benz is calling the G500 4×42. Word on the street has it that this new Geländewagen concept will meld the 6×6’s underpinnings with the old G-wagen’s axle count. That means a G500 with portal axles, 18″ bead-lock wheels, an upgraded chassis with dual springs and dampers, and a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 flogging 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.

Although it will debut as a concept at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the website Motor Authority speculates, based on test vehicle sitings, that much of the development work on the production model has already been done.

Check the articles below for more info on this beast, or have a look at the photo set after the jump.

Links:
Motor Authority
Top Gear

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Mil-Spec G-Wagen 240GD, via WCXC

This, apparent former Bundeswehr (ex-military), 1986 Mercedes-Benz 240GD just showed up on Bring a Trailer. It’s a 2-door, long wheelbase, open top model that’s been fitted with a rooftop tent, stove and cabinets. It’s said to have heavy-duty axles. Power comes from a 4-cylinder diesel which, if my experience with the 240D is any indication, will make it pretty slow.

The speed, or lack thereof, is one caveat. Registration might be another. The ad states that documents for registration will be included. It doesn’t state that the car is registered. OK—it’s a diesel, and older than 1998, so no California smog test, but it’s still a European import. It’s something to think about. Still it could make a fun overlander.

The car is listed on Craigslist and located in Los Angeles, California with an asking price of $25,000.

Tons of photos after the jump.

Links:
Bring a Trailer post
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1978 Pinzgauer article, via WCXC

Did you know that in the late 1970s Steyr-Puch contemplated bringing the Pinzgauer to the U.S.? I recently found this June, 1978, Car and Driver article in which a young David E. Davis, Jr. (who later went on to found Automobile magazine) writes about driving a Pinzgauer 710K as a year-long test vehicle.

At the time, the estimated base price was $30,000 ($108,928 in 2014 dollars). As far as I’ve been able to find out, they were never imported to the U.S. when new.

It’s interesting to read a first-hand report of the driving experience, having never had a chance to get behind the wheel myself. See the scans of the article after the jump or link to them at the source site below.

Links:
1978 Car and Driver article, Pinzgauer article
Other articles from the same website

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Defender Final Editions, via WCXC

Car and Driver reports that it’s the end of the line for the venerable Land Rover Defender, the 4×4 whose lineage goes all the way back to the very first Series Land Rovers designed at Coventry in 1947. The Series Land Rovers, and Defenders, as they were later renamed, are the vehicles that, along with the Jeep, ushered in the four-wheel-drive era as we know it. To honor the end of their production, Land Rover is sending them out in three special editions.

The special editions hew along three themes: the Adventure Edition (adventure), the Autobiography Edition (luxury), and the Heritage Edition (retro).

The downside? They won’t available in the United States.

Check out the Car and Driver article below for more details.

Lots more photos after the jump.

Links:
Car and Driver: Defender Bows Out with Three Final Editions

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