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Ford Goes Off-Road With New Expedition FX4

A ute for all occasions.

by on Jun.19, 2017

Buyers have already been taking the Expedition off road; Ford adds features to make that easier.

If you’ve thought about the big Ford Expedition as nothing more than a minivan alternative, you might need to think again with the debut of the new FX4 edition.

All versions of the 2018 Ford Expedition migrate to an aluminum-intensive body, sharing the same engineering approach as the full-size F-150 pickup. The people-mover also gets a new powertrain package and updated safety and infotainment technologies.

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But Ford is taking another tip from the F-150 line-up, where the FX4 package is a perennial buyer favorite. The off-road trim level will now be offered for Expedition buyers, as well.


Chevy Goes Off-Road with Colorado ZR2 Concept

Show car showcases new Duramax diesel.

by on Nov.19, 2014

Chevy has used the ZR2 badge since 1994.

While most pickup owners are likely to experience nothing rougher than a worksite, or perhaps a gravel path to their summer cottage, there are those who love to test the mettle of their trucks with some serious off-roading. And that’s what Chevrolet is targeting with the Colorado ZR2 Concept making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Riding higher, and getting four inches of added width compared to the production Colorado Z71, the show car also serves as a showcase for the new Duramax diesel engine Chevy will add to its midsize pickup line next year.

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“From the bold stance to the trail-ready special equipment, the Colorado ZR2 is all about the fun of driving where the pavement ends – and doing it in characteristic Chevy style,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Chevrolet has a heritage of the ZR2 representing the ultimate in production-based off-road capability and we’ll gauge the public’s interest in this concept as we continue to explore the possibilities for the all-new Colorado.”


Toyota Goes to Extremes with New TRD Pro Series Trucks

Modified trucks designed to push the limits.

by on Feb.06, 2014

A TRD Pro Tundra goes through its paces.

Toyota wants to kick up some dust with its newest TRD Pro Series of off-road trucks.  Targeting buyers who hope to push the limits with their Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner models, the TRD versions were specially developed by the maker’s motorsports division, Toyota Racing Development, and bear the fruits of successful off-road racing programs like the Baja 1000.

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TRD has been tuning Toyota trucks for more than four decades, with the performance arm establishing a U.S. base in Costa Mesa, California in 1979.

TRD models are designed to be put to serious use off-road, though Toyota claims they have plenty of street cred, as well.


Jeep Tackling Moab With Six Concept Utes

Concepts like the Trailhawk designed to make easy work of tough trails.

by on Mar.20, 2013

The Jeep Wrangler Slim is one of six new concepts heading to Moab for the annual Easter Safari.

Chrysler is heading into the annual Easter Jeep Safari, about to get underway in Moab, Utah, with a half dozen concept utes intended to show just how far Jeep and the Mopar parts division can stretch the brand for the thousands of enthusiasts drawn to the western wilderness.

The new concept vehicles include the Jeep Wrangler Flattop, which features 37-inch tires and a go-anywhere package, to the curiously named Jeep Wrangler Slim, which the maker says is designed for “affordable, extreme weekend fun.”

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“We go to this extremely popular event in Moab each year to showcase the latest production vehicles from Jeep, as well as a host of new customization and personalization ideas. In doing so, we connect with and receive a tremendous amount of feedback from our most loyal customers,” said Mike Manley, the Jeep brand CEO, during a background session in the wilds of Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


Jeep’s Camper Is Up For Off-road Adventures

Mopar makes off-roading a little more comfortable.

by on Jul.23, 2010

Mopar claims the Jeep Wrangler Camper can go anywhere the ute can.

Jeep Wrangler owners already know they can go just about anywhere. Now they can sleep comfortably once they get there.

Jeep introduced a pair of small campers designed to resemble the Wrangler that’s pulling them. They feature Jeep wheels, Wrangler-style fenders and are available in select Jeep colors, badging and hood tie-downs.

With 12 inches of ground clearance, 32-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires and a trailing-arm suspension, the Jeep Trail Edition Camper is designed to deliver the same sort of “Rubicon-Ready” capabilities that the brand is known for, and is capable of traversing some of the nastiest trails where Wranglers are often found.

The Jeep Extreme Trail Edition Camper adds an additional three inches of ground clearance, a beefier frame, bigger tires and a full-underbody skid plate with high-mounted fenders.

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Both campers sleep four adults on a pull out queen-size bed and convertible sofa. There’s also a stowable table, a built-in aluminum cabinet and a 110-volt power supply.

The base camper tips the scales at 850 pounds while the Extreme weighs in at 200 pounds more.