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Chris Harris, one of my favorite YouTube presenters, gives a quick overview of the Mercedes-Benz G350 G-Wagen for the UK car magazine Evo.

YouTube user Ronny Dahl offers this video of off-roading in southwestern Australia’s Yeagarup Dunes and Callcup Hill. It features lots of Land Cruiser 70-series utes, water crossings and, of course, dunes and beach driving. Good fun and a beautiful spot.

Links:
4-Wheeling in Western Australia
Ronny Dahl’s YouTube Channel

 

Here’s a nicely modified Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero set up for overlanding the Australian outback. It’s got everything you could ever want in a vehicle and then some.

Bolt-on portal axles from TIBUS Off-road engineering

You are no doubt familiar with portal axles (found on the likes of Unimogs, Hummers, and Volvo C303s) that raise ground clearance by porting the axle above the wheel’s centerline. Usually the portal ends and the axles are built as one piece. Did you know, however, that portal axles are available in bolt-on form?

A German company called TIBUS Engineering offers them for popular overlanding marques such as Land Rover, Mercedes, Toyota, and Jeep but states on their website that they can be fitted to almost any vehicle. There’s a lengthy forum discussion on Expedition Portal started by a guy that worked with them to get portals fitted to his Land Rover Defender.

Interesting stuff.

Links:
TIBUS Engineering
Expedition Portal, portal axle forum post

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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Here’s another overlanding video from Down Under. YouTube user Ronny Dahl takes us to Murchison off-road adventure park in western Australia with a few friends. There are five trucks in the video. It’s interesting to see how each driver handles the obstacles a little differently. There’s some nice drone footage as well.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Turbo-diesel, West County Explorers Club

I just spotted this lovely looking 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado on BaT. It looks like quite a find: 2.5-liter turbo-diesel, automatic transmission, 126k original kms (78.8k miles), fully loaded, aluminum roof rack. OK—it’s right-hand drive, which would take some getting used to. But that classically handsome shape, that great color, it looks really nice.

It’s located in Vancouver, Canada; the asking price is an attractive $9,600; and it’s one year away from legal U.S. import. This is my kind of truck!

More photos after the jump.

Note: the ad states the engine is a 2.0-liter diesel but my research shows that all 1991 Prados were equipped with 2,446 cc diesels.

Links:
Bring a Trailer
Craigslist ad

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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

This video by Gavin Foreman and (his American girlfriend?) Wilms offers a first-hand overview of the western Australia’s remote Canning Stock Route. Watching the video is like traveling with knowledgeable friends. They cover the flora (aka bush tucka), fauna, aboriginal art, history, and dangers of this old stock route. It’s very well done.

Links:
Wikipedia: Canning Stock Route