A Look at Some of the Best Off-Roaders Ever Made for Students in Auto Technician Training
February 20, 2018
A plethora of varied ATVs and tube buggies have proliferated over recent decades to cater to those looking to power through the wilderness. However, most automotive enthusiasts will turn to something more robust, comfortable, and protected from the elements when it comes to serious backwoods expeditions.
Off-road 4x4s now come in all shapes and sizes, but all exist to fulfill the goal of getting the driver across demanding terrain and up steep slopes both safely and comfortably. Here, we break down some of the best from recent times.
Grads of Auto Technology Courses Know the Jeep Wrangler Is a Capable Off-Roader
The appearance of the first jeeps in the 1940s heralded the beginning of the off-road 4×4 era. This proud heritage is evident in Jeep’s iconic Wrangler, which has recently been updated for 2018. True to the brand’s lightweight first models, the vehicle is much lighter and more compact than other hulking monstrosities. It still offers striking performance, though, using a 3.6-litre V-6 engine to scramble up just about anything.
The 2018 model features the kind of versatility that has typified the brand, with removable doors and roof, allowing for a soft-top ride and steadiness on rocky terrain that has been heralded as outstanding. The vehicle has a good dose of 2018 in it, with lighter aluminum doors and tailgate, modified LED lighting and tweaked wheelbase, but its trusted frame, classic look, and ability to handle anything the environment throws at it will seem familiar to anyone with auto technician training.
The Range Rover Velar Offers a Little More Luxury
For those individuals who want to be able to cruise with style and authority on city streets as well as take on rougher terrain, the Range Rover Velar, as produced by Land Rover, is a great example of the evolution of the SUV. For some veterans of auto technician courses, the Velar’s concessions to urbanity is a sin against Land Rover’s proud off-road heritage, but the vehicle can still eat up the majority of obstacles put in front of it.
Featuring a sleek, elegant visual appearance, the 2018 Range Rover Velar packs off-road features like Terrain Response and Active Rear-Locking Differentials, plus the authority and power of a 380-horsepower, supercharged 3.0L V6 gas engine. The real attractiveness of the Velar lies inside though, with tablet-style display control over climate, entertainment, and connectivity. It also features a leather/sustainable cushioning interior to cradle aching, post-hike legs, as well as considerable luggage space behind the seating.
The Mercedes-Benz G550 Offers Sheer Size
Mercedes-Benz’s long-running G-class was first developed as a military grade off-roader before making a splash in the civilian market in 1979. An increasingly popular seller in Canada in recent years, the latest in the line, the G550, packs a 4-litre, V8 engine and is instantly recognizable through its distinctive boxy features and towering roof profile.
Originally designed for desert transportation, the latest G550 includes a four-wheel electronic traction system and a substantial 2.25 cubic metres of interior storage capacity, with the 450 lb-ft of torque it produces making it one of the most capable and imposing off-roaders out there. Large and very much in charge, it comes with a premium price tag to match that major output.
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