4×4 – The All-Wheel Magazine
Here you find all four- or more wheel-drive vehicles, as long as they are fun to drive away from asphalt and hard shoulders, completely off-road and across the most inhospitable terrains. During comparative off-road tests all 4x4s must show in practice if they are up to the job, have a convincing ride, are well-made, deliver on performance and most of all are fun to drive.
4×4 – is the off-road show on MOTORVISION TV where you will see the true classics: Jeep, Wrangler, Land Rover Defender, Hummer, Outlander, Lada, Pajero, the Mercedes G-Wagon (the follow-up to the Wolf), the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Hilux, Land Cruiser, Grand Cherokee or the legendary powerhouse from Iveco, the Massif.
Moreover, “4×4” our new off-road show will bring you off-road SUVs and cars from the large pool of crossover models, with reports about the VW Amarok and Tiguan, the Porsche Cayenne, Suzuki SX4, Nissan Qashqai, the BMW X-Series, Skoda Yeti, Audi Qs, Hyundai ix35, the Mercedes M-Class, Toyota RAV4 and many more 4x4s and those who claim to be. Exciting reports and specials are spiced up with drifts on ice and snow, where you just cannot do without a 4-wheel drive and viewers get useful advice on how to drive in extreme situations.
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Tough, Tougher, Steinbeisser. The Steinbeisser Trophy is the toughest off-road race in Europe and only for tough guys with off-road experience. 'Only the strong survive' is the motto of the 16th edition. About 50 teams drive around the 8-hectare Off-Road Park Langenaltheim near Nuremberg in Germany as quickly and accident-free as possible. Team 'Bader' wants to win the Steinbeisser with their top-class prototype 'Black Widow!' Will they emerge victorious after two days full of struggles, mud and thrill?
Today 06:30 - 06:55 (UTC)
BAUMA - The World's Largest Trade Fair in the Construction Industry
Every three years Messe München is turned into the world's biggest construction site. Dozens of giant cranes with a height of more than 100 meters, asphalt mixers as big as single-family houses and excavators, dump trucks as well as construction machinery of all sorts fill the exhibition halls and the outdoor area. It's BAUMA time! The world's largest trade fair in the construction industry sets superlatives. All major manufacturers like Liebherr, Caterpillar or Volvo and Mercedes Trucks are represented here and showcase their highlights.
Today 12:25 - 12:50 (UTC)
Cheap Four-Wheel Drives
They're frequently leading in the sales statistics and they're also doing fine in independent benchmark tests: so called cheap SUVs. They cost less in acquisition and maintenance, than their relatives in the premium range. But what are low-priced SUVs good for? 4x4 tries to find the answer and checks out the Dacia Duster, Suzuki Jimny and Lada Taiga.
Today 18:35 - 19:00 (UTC)
Compact Sports Cars With All-Wheel Drive
By now, every car manufacturer offers a high potent compact sports car. They are the enjoyable riding machines amongst the A-Class, Golf and Co. Mercedes rejuvenates its A-Class. Now the top model, the Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC, produces 381 hp. Thus it confirmed it commitment to boast the most powerful four-cylinder in the world. The high performance car rocks the race track. Also on 4x4: The Audi RS3, the strong competitor from Ingolstadt. Compact Sports Cars With All-Wheel Drive on 4x4 ' The All-Wheel Magazine.
Today 20:15 - 20:40 (UTC)
The successor the Mercedes GLK is finally here: the GLC. This compact SUV is considerably rounder than its predecessor. So at first sight, the GLC doesn't look like an off-road capable four-wheel drive anymore. But it comes up with better workmanship, more space and innovative assistance systems. 4x4 ' The All Wheel Magazine finds out if the lifestyle SUV can still win over off-road fans.
Today 20:40 - 21:10 (UTC)
All-Wheel Classic Cars
Every year a vintage car show is held in Paaren / Glien near Berlin in Germany. About 45,000 viewers use the opportunity to gaze at more than 5000 automobile treasures. Besides muscle cars, hot rods and bikes, one can also find a lot of all-wheel pickups and utility vehicles. Frank Slopianka of Special Cars Berlin knows vintage cars by heart. His company specializes in the sale of all-wheel classic cars. Pickups and vintage off-roaders are in great demand and Frank offers some of them as well, like a 1974 Dodge W200 for example. The driving experience in one of those all-wheel oldies is something very special.
23.03.2018 00:40 - 01:05 (UTC)
All-Wheel Drive on Snow
When the winter is on his way the streets get slippery. With an all-wheel drive vehicle you have a lot of advantages: there is traction even when the road is slippery. For the driver this means not only more safety but also more fun behind the wheel. Under icy conditions we experience one day off snow in Austria with Rallye-pro Niki Schelle. Moreover: why is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution so perfect for drifting?
23.03.2018 18:35 - 19:00 (UTC)
The SUV Desert Challenge
A fascinating trip through the desert and the mountains of Oman with the complete Mercedes SUV range. We also test drive the Mercedes G Class on the streets of Dubai and find out how handy the big luxury SUV performs.
24.03.2018 18:30 - 18:55 (UTC)
This is not a normal Mitsubishi Outlander. This is the worlds first plug-in hybrid SUV. It has two electric motors and a 2-liter gasoline engine. Does a hybrid SUV make sense on roadless paths? We have tested it. Furthermore: It is the American Full Size Pickup - the Chevrolet Silverado. V8-engine, 3.5 tonnes of unladen weight and an average consumption of minimum 15 liters. But this one can save you money - with natural gas!
26.03.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
This time it’s all about luxurious all-wheelers. With 570 hp, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and a price of 180.000 Dollars, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S is an all-wheeler of superlatives. If you don't have that much money but still want to enjoy a certain level of luxury, you should check out the Infiniti QX 70, a crossover with a bold design and a sports cars genes.
27.03.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
Together they have more than 1000 horse power and 1400 Nm of torque: The Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover Supercharged are real power off-roaders. On the road they are in a class of its own. But how well do they off road? We find out, when we put these powerhouses to the test on unsurfaced roads. Also on this episode: We check out the Bentley Bentayga and the Jaguar F-Pace.
28.03.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
SUVs and Pickups - From Elegant to Sporty
It's hard to imagine streets without SUVs on it. It's just logical for manufacturers to put these models on the markets, even if they aren't rooted in off-road. It's a rather easy task for Seat, because they are part of the Volkwagen Group. Their Ateca inherits its technology from the Amarok. A robust and reliable pickup truck. Engines and look have undergone a process of rejuvenation. Plus: The Cadillac XT 5. This American has to prove in Berlin, if it meets European standards
29.03.2018 17:40 - 18:05 (UTC)
Compact SUVs from the Far East
Asian car design has evolved over the last years. At Lexus, the luxury vehicle division of Toyota, the current trend is towards angular shapes and aggressive appearance. With its extravagant design, the Nexus NX stands out for sure. Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan, is more conservative. The QX30 features classic Infiniti design with a curved bonnet and an energetic appearance.
29.03.2018 19:15 - 19:40 (UTC)
Toyota´s Bush Taxis
A different kind of trip to France. 1,200 off-roaders romping through hill and dale. Unmatched longevity, and globetrotters swear by them: we look at Toyota`s bush taxis.
30.03.2018 17:35 - 17:55 (UTC)
Amarok Adventure Tour through Africa
Stunning landscapes, wild animals and pure off-road feeling: that's the Amarok Adventure Tour by Expedition leader Matthias Göttenauer. For a total of three weeks, 2.5 tons of four wheel drive vehicles fight their way through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The first three-day leg takes them through the Kalahari Desert, which reaches temperatures of up to 40 degrees.
31.03.2018 15:00 - 15:25 (UTC)
In the 1950s the Volkswagen Transporter, affectionately called 'Bulli' by its fans, was a symbol for the German economic miracle. In the 70s the model was cult amongst hippies. In the year 2016 the Bulli is available in its sixth generation. The Volkswagen Transporter is a legend. The California, a motor home based on the Multivan, is legendary, too. The camping van is manufactured in Hannover-Lover and sold in three different versions. The foldable roof-top is standard for all models. The Volkswagen Bulli - a true van legend.
31.03.2018 15:25 - 15:50 (UTC)
Anybody who had to move once loves functional transporters, which offer high payload and lots of storage space. The new Volkswagen Crafter is no exception. The latest version is established as its own entity and is no longer produced with the Mercedes Sprinter. 4x4 - The All Wheel Magazine takes a look at both bestsellers: Which one can load more and which is the florists' and builders' favorite?
31.03.2018 16:20 - 16:45 (UTC)
The Four Elements
Fire, ground, water and air - life on earth would be impossible without those four elements. Similarly, expeditions in the desert or any highland crossing would be impossible without four-wheel drive. 4x4 shows four all-wheel vehicles on their challenging trip through the four elements. See the Porsche Macan Turbo in the desert of Morocco or the bizarre Volkswagen Schwimmwagen crossing a river.
31.03.2018 20:30 - 21:00 (UTC)
Trendy City SUVs
They are wanted. They are in. This is the latest trend in the automotive branche. They are as short as a Golf, but they provide a better view through a higher sitting position. We are talking about City SUVs. All wheel drive or an gear box made for offroad terrain are not necessary. A cool image is. And that provide the cute offroad vehicles through modern and urban design. Also in this episode: an allroad test with the Subaru XV and an incredible comparison: the Audi RS Q3 vs. the Mercedes GLA AMG. The sporty compacts are full of power and blast the 300 PS mark.
02.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
All-Wheel Vehicles for the Streets
Coupes are extremely popular. Car manufacturers have realized that SUV drivers don't want to go without a sporty looking car, so they put more and more crossovers onto the market. The Audi Q2 is a sportback coupe and a new development from Ingolstadt. It acts as the entry-level model to Audi's SUV series. Another novelty is the Mercedes GLC coupe, which competes against the BMW X4. All-Wheel Vehicles for the Streets on 4x4 - The All Wheel Magazine.
03.04.2018 17:30 - 17:55 (UTC)
You don’t have to drive around in a huge cross-country vehicle all the time. Small all-wheel drive cars can serve their purpose, too. Besides that, you can also have lots of fun with them. Fiat thinks so, too. The Italian car brand turns their city speedsters into all-wheel midgets. We check out the Fiat 500 X and show you BMW’s smallest SUV yet: the BMW X1.
05.04.2018 17:30 - 17:55 (UTC)
Sporty SUV Elite
Large, sporty and expensive: For the first time ever, Jaguar stirs up the market for compact noble SUVs with its F-Pace. The S version with a 3-litre supercharged engine is a tough competitor for Porsche Macan Turbo other rivals. Audi uses the letter S to mark its SUV top model, too, and launches its SQ7 as the most powerful diesel SUV on the market. It offers seven seats and a bold V8 engine.
05.04.2018 19:15 - 19:40 (UTC)
The story of the pitiful family man, who secretly sheds a tear when he has to switch to a spacious van, will strike you familiar. Goodbye to any driving pleasure? Never fear! Even vans have a lot to offer. With the 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW wants to allow families to experience the joy of driving. The 220 xDrive comes pretty close to this ideal. The Seat Alhambra attracts customers with low prices, practical sliding door and, astonishingly, a lot of room at the back. We show you the latest all-wheel vans on 4x4.
06.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
With an all-wheel drive you can not only drive across the terrain, but you can also have a lot of fun on gravel roads. The Subaru WRX STI shows how that works. Also on this episode of 4x4: The Ford Escort RS Cosworth. In the 90s, Ford wanted it to be a successful rally car, but today it is a coveted classic-to-be and a collectors' item with a high fun factor.
09.04.2018 17:30 - 17:55 (UTC)
All-wheel drive isn't just useful in the terrain. The 4-wheel-drive also makes sense without a roof: Porsche Targa 4S and the Audi TTS Roadster deliver proof of this. During the outdoor season it's a lot of fun to drive around with an open convertible top if the weather's nice. If it has good horse power and good traction the summer trips will be an enjoyable event in the fresh air and with a lot of driving pleasure too. 4-wheel drive convertibles tested ' on 4x4 ' The all-wheel program.
11.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
All-wheel drive doesn't just stand for safety and traction, but also for a lot of driving pleasure. The Mercedes G-class is the dinosaur amongst all-terrain vehicles. No ascending slope is too steep and no mud hole is too deep for this car. In 2015 Mercedes put a revised version onto the market which shows its skill once again. Plus: Looping the loop with a car? The Jaguar F-Pace is capable of doing that. The world record stunt on 4x4 - the All-Wheel Show.
12.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
Powerful Estate Wagons
All-Wheel drive is not just for off-road adventures. The new Mercedes E-Class T-Model sends its power to all four wheels to ensure abnormal acceleration and the best dynamic handling in bends. Paired with the output of 333 hp, the AMG version becomes a powerful estate wagon. The equivalent from Volvo is the V60 Polestar. The sporty version comes with an output of 367 hp and racing technology.
12.04.2018 19:40 - 20:05 (UTC)
Monza Rallye Show
Three days of adrenaline and drifting action ' the Monza Rally Show is a top-class event. The event has been staged on the legendary Formula One course since 1978. The competitors are the biggest names from all areas of motorsports like MotoGP star and ninefold world champion Valentino Rossi or rally pro Thierry Neuville. They have to complete nine special stages. The fastest and most skillful driver will emerge victorious in the end. The crowning conclusion: the Masters Show, where motorsport stars demonstrate their driving skills.
13.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
All-Wheel Drives from Around the World
The Japanese car manufacturer Mazda upgraded its compact model Mazda 3. The result is the CX-3. The small SUV has an appealing design, efficient engines and all-wheel drive. We put it to the test on and off the road to see if the entire package from Far East is coherent. The Renault Kadjar on the other hand is from France and shares its technological platform with the Nissan Qashqai. But when it comes to the design, Renault strikes out on its own. The Kadjar is a harmonious medium-sized SUV. All-Wheel Drives from Around the World.
14.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
A mixture of a sports car and a cross-country vehicle, coupe-like roof, only two individual seats in the back. On its market launch in 2008, only a few people thought that this concept would be successful. But the BMW X6 is an absolute bestseller. Now the second generation is on the market. Also the Opel Mokka is a great hit. It is the constant leader of the rankings for the SUV-registration of new cars in Germany. These and other successfull models you'll see on 4x4 - The all-wheel-magazine.
17.04.2018 17:30 - 17:55 (UTC)
TechArt Porsche 911 Turbo
Today on 4x4: a four-wheel drive with a top speed of 200 miles per hour - the TechArt Porsche 911 Turbo hits the road! 4x4 fanatics with a military bent. Fans of 4x4 military vehicles hook up in South Tyrol.
19.04.2018 17:35 - 17:55 (UTC)
English car manufacturer Land Rover launches the world's first SUV cabriolet: the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. 4x4 checks out this lifestyle SUV with a 2.0-liter diesel engine and an output power of 180 hp. Its rooftop can also be opened while driving with a speed of up to 48 km/h. There is enough room for four people. The first Toyota BDX10 Megacruiser that has been registered in Europe offers even more space. It's an open military off-road vehicle which looks similar to the Hummer H1. Topless Off-Roaders on 4x4 ' The All Wheel Magazine.
19.04.2018 19:15 - 19:40 (UTC)
It doesn't have to be an all-terrain vehicle all the time. All-wheel drive makes sense in other models, too. All-wheel sedans give you space, comfort and driving safety. The Audi A4, the successor to the Audi 80, has been built since 1994. The typical bread-and-butter car from the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer is still popular. In the fall of 2015 the fifth generation, internally called the B9, arrives in stores. At first sight it doesn't look that good, but under its hood it's equipped with innovative technology. We checked out the A4 with quattro drive in Italy. Plus: We test the flagship of the Korean producer Hyundai - the Genesis on 4x4 ' The All-Wheel Magazine.
20.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
A New All-Wheel Era
Cruising on the motorways is so boring. Then off-road you go! 4x4 shows how sporty and elegant SUVs really are, and which vehicles can make your day on exciting off-road tracks.
21.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
Its on: everything that has wheels can be tuned. There is no excuse for SUVs. The big vehicles are impressive of the stock, but there is more: powerful wheels, crazy colors and perfomance data like supersports cars: from 0- 60 mph in four seconds, more than 600 HP and up to 1000 Nm of torque. Is there any reasonable explanation for that? No! But it looks fantastic. In this episode of 4x4 we present Kelleners BMW X5, Mercedes Brabus B63 and the Porsche Cayenne tuned by Techart. 4x4- the Allroadmagazine.
23.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
Land Rover Special
70 years old and younger than ever before: the land Rover Defender is one of the oldest offroad-vehicles. Loud and uncomfortable, but absolutely authentic and simple. 4x4 is testing the Landy. Moreover: the youngest of the british car- produceris on his way to the legendary Silkonroad. The Evoque on the Silkroad. The 4x4 special about Land Rover.
24.04.2018 17:30 - 17:55 (UTC)
4-Wheelers On Top
Mountain peaks as far as the eye can see at an altitude of over 2000 meters. The new flagship car from Stuttgart is climbing to the top. The Mercedes GLS is the successor to the off-road GL and gets a new name from Mercedes ' 'the S-Class of the SUVs'. And a luxurious interior is definitely there. But how will the luxury car fare on narrow mountain passes in Austria? Find out on 4x4 ' The All-Wheel Magazine.
26.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
Land Rover Experience Tour Australia
3,615 kilometers, 21 days and thousands of liters of diesel. Right in the middle of it are 19 examples of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, one crew and six inexperienced Germans who take on the Australian outback. Their trail leads them from Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory to the Gregory National Park and finally the Ayers Rock. Cut tires and trapped cars are high on the daily agenda.
26.04.2018 19:10 - 19:40 (UTC)
This time, the all-wheel program 4x4 will show you the highlights from the legendary Rally Breslau Poland 2014. The 150 participants are audacious, brave and a little crazy, too - but they do their best to get to the finish line on motorcycles, quads, or in all-wheel all-terrain vehicles. Asphalt? Unfortunately not! The almost 769 mile-long route even takes the teams through rapid rivers and over tree trunk-barricades.
30.04.2018 17:35 - 18:00 (UTC)
Hummer H1, H2, H3
H1, H2 and H3. We show you the most awesome off-road family on wheels. And: the VW Touareg against the Land Rover Discovery. Two cars that also cut a fine figure on the road.
The Munich Monster: 700 horsepower. 900 Neuton metre torque, 28-inch wheels. The most powerful Hummer ever built! Also: The Unimog - a true multi-talent. Or - how to avoid paying HGV charges on the motorway!
Battle of Kings
Mud pack for all-wheel drives. There\'s no staying dry on the Berlin to Breslau rally! Battle of Kings: The world\'s best racing drivers battle it out. Full throttle for a good cause!
The Panamericana! 23.000 kilometers across the Americas in 5 all-wheel Volkswagen vans. Also: G stands for Go anywhere! Or, over 30 years without compromise. The G-Class Mercedes.
Porsche 911 4S vs Audi RS4
Today on 4x4: News from Romania - a snowboarding world champion leads off-roaders through the Carpathians. And: A battle of horsepower. Porsche 911 4S versus Audi RS4 - which four-wheel drive sports car drives better?
Hummer World Run
Hummer World Run. 200 Humvees in a cross-country frenzy. 1st International Humvee Meeting in Munich. Decadence: the Mercedes G 55 AMG. 700 Neuton meter torque and almost 500 horsepower.
Mercedes ML 63 AMG
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Mercedes ML 63 AMG: two road-legal monsters. Together, 1031 horsepower of earth-shattering power. This isn\'t driving, it`s landscape gardening!
Outback Off-road Adventure
Outback Off-road Adventure: The Australian experience. Including the obligatory crocs - meet Rob Bredl and his living handbags!
Conti 4x4 Trophy Morocco
Nancy and Nadia, two professional rally drivers, take up the challenge to cross the Moroccan desert in a Hummer H3: They are taking part in the Conti 4x4 Trophy through the Atlas Mountains and the Western Sahara.
Ready to Race with Ken Block
The World Rallycross Championship is a crowd-puller. When famous drivers like Ken Block, Petter Solberg or Sebastien Loeb fight for the victory, everybody wants to be present. No other racing event grows faster than the Rallycross Championship, even though things can get quite rough, because jumps and full contacts are allowed and wanted. Especially when Ken Block starts, the crowd becomes crazy. Thanks to his spectacular 'Gymkhana' drifting videos he became an absolute superstar of the scene. Wherever he shows up, tires are smoking.
Fun Factor All- Wheel Drive
The 4-wheel station wagon Volvo V40 Cross Country and the Mercedes Benz 4MATIC range, which includes the flagship model S500, the mid-range salon C 400 and the compact SUV GLA 250, have one thing in common. They demonstrate that you can have a lot of fun with four-wheel drive on ice, in the snow or in the clanking cold. And they prove it to you on this episode of 4x4.
Through the Desert
The Dakar - hardest rallye of the world. A race over several thousand kilometers offroad tracks. The Mini - a first class fun car. 2010 BMW and the german racing team X-Raid decide to make an offroad-vehicle out of the street car. 4x4 shows, how the street runner becomes a successful offroader who conquers the Dakar. Furthermore: the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6. The bullet which costs 500.000 Euro in his natural environment: the deserts around Dubai. And: the Kia Sportage in the Mediterranean area in Sicily.
Bentley and Jaguar have not yet produced SUVs. But thay want to change that now and have introduced luxury SUV concepts. Are luxury SUVs unneccessary or not competitive? Or are they maybe better than the others? An end of the SUV hype is not in sight so it is a logical step for the noble British brands to offer cars with a higher seating position.
Off-Roaders and Lifestyle SUVs
Nissan X-Trail and BMW X4: these SUVs are not the typical offroads. But with all-wheel drive, strong diesel engines and different prices they fit in the living conditions of many people. Nissan renovates the X-Trail and the BMW X4 celebrates its world premiere in Bilbao. Furthermore: the Steinbeißer-Trophy. Crazy offroad vehicles at an exceptional rally.
For the Americans an SUV is not only a load donkey, it`s a vehicle for everyday use. Americans don`t want to miss much space, comfort and cubic capacity in everyday life. The motto is: the bigger - the better. Chevrolet Suburban, Jeep Cherokee, GMC Yukon - we show you the world of American offroaders.
Small, Powerful, Stylisch
Small cars like the Audi A1, VW Golf and Mini are not the typical representatives of the 4x4 show. But when the A becomes an S and the Golf gets an R, the small cars turn into strong all-wheel beasts. Reason enough to test them! All-wheel drive not only brings traction in rough areas but also a lot of driving pleasure. Furthermore: The Mini Countryman gets refreshed.
With all wheel drive you not only can drive cross-country but also have a lot of fun on gravel roads. The Subaru WRX STI shows how that works. The driver sitting behind the steering wheel of that car feels like a rallye king. Furthermore: The Ford Escort RS Cosworth. With this car Ford wants to be successfutl at rallyes in the 90s. Today it is a coveted youngtimer - a collectors item with a high fun factor.
Station Wagons with All-Wheel Drive
Station wagons are practical vehicles with a lot of space or family cars. But the Skoda Octavia Scout and the Opel Insignia Country Tourer want to be more than that. A bigger ground clearance, hub caps, underride guard and body side panels give them an off-road look and the four-wheel drive ensures that they have the right traction on rough gravel roads. 4x4 puts the station wagons to the test.
You love wacky and extreme off-roaders? Then this episode is perfect entertainment for you. 4x4 shows you extreme off-road vehicles like the Fiat Panda Cross. This juggernaut is almost four meters in size and its tires have a diameter of 1.5 meters. Plus: Drifting star Ken Block and his 600 hp Ford Raptor, an extreme Mercedes G Class, the Volkswagen Touareg by JE Design and the Jeep SRT 8.
Pickups are all-purpose utility vehicles. In Europe they are mainly used by industrial drivers, but in the United States trucks are as widespread as SUVs. What is the fascination behind these open pickup trucks? Off-road expert Kurt Sigl and Toyota specialist Alexander Wohlfarth find out, when they test the German VW Amarok and the classic Japanese Toyota Hilux on and off the road.
All-Wheel Specialist Subaru
Subaru is the world's largest manufacturer of four-wheel drive cars and 4x4 specialists since several decades. The brand with the Pleiades star constellation in its company logo is not only famous for rally cars like the Subaru WRX but mostly for wagon-like crossovers like the Forest and the Outback. We put the Subaru Outback with innovative assistance system EyeSight to the test and take the Subaru Forester with Lineatronic for a cross-country ride.
This commercial vehicle is not only popular with craftsmen. Families trust this all-rounder as well. The Volkswagen Caddy is versatile and robust. The Alltrack variant with all-wheel drive cuts a good figure off the road, too. The Japanese manufacturer Subaru offers a handy all-terrain vehicle as well: the Levorg. The new station wagon offers plenty of room for passengers and luggage, but is supposed to be sporty at the same time. All-Wheel All-Rounder on 4x4 ' the All-Wheel Magazine.
Once a G always a G. There are few vehicles that have such a fanbase as the Mercedes G-Class. For 35 years, Mercedes has written history with this model. Among today's SUVs the veteran attracts attention. It is like a pioneer but has not much in common with the current models. The G-Class looks almost unchanged since the last 35 years. Not so under the hood: The revision in 2012 expanded the Mercedes engine range and luxuryfound its way into the interior. We also introduce another all-terrain veteran: the Willys Jeep. Now on 4x4 - the all- wheel magazine.
They are large, have space and offer all-wheel drive with even a lot of fun and safety in the field. We're talking about the SUV bedrocks Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. Audi renovates the largest model of the Q -Series in 2015 : Thanks to the lightweight the SUV weights up to 325 kilograms less than its predecessor, but still has an empty weight of almost two tonnes. Smaller, but just as new is the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It is the successor of the second generation of the Freelander and is at the dealers since March 2015. Which SUV is best for which application you´ll find out in this episode of the all-wheel 4x4 magazine.
A higher seat position, fancy design and space for at least 4 people ' that's what Lifestyle-SUVs give you and that's what the customers love about it. These 4-wheel drive SUVs prove that you don't have to waive sporty driving features: The Mercedes GLE Coupe is the response by the Stuttgart-based company to the BMW X6. Both of them are similar in their design: SUV in the bottom, Coupe at the top. Motorvision TV tests the GLE on the streets and on the terrain. Additionally: The Nissan Juke got its first facelift in 2014 and the more athletic offspring Juke Nismo receives some innovations. See the highlights on 4x4 ' the all-wheelprogram.
These vehicles are big. Really big. The Cadillac Escalade is the embodiment of American luxury SUVs. The reissue of the flagship of Cadillac will come to Europe in 2015. With a 6.2 liter V8 engine it doesn't only inspire enthusiasts of American cars. We're allowed to take a seat in the 5.70 meter long bolide. And: VW present their new Multivan. We test-drove the sixth generation of the popular VW bus in Stockholm. All-wheel-drive cars with a lot of space ' in 4x4 the all-wheel program.
All-Wheel Family Vans
In 4x4- the all-wheel program we show you the whole spectrum of the 4-wheel Cross Country cars. They're practical cars with a lot of space which can carry heavy loads, or they're cars for the whole family, or they are both. The Volvo V60 Cross Country is versatile and has a solid appearance. Customers with an active lifestyle especially love the Swedish car. The powerful Cross country Audi from Ingolstadt is a completely different thing: The Audi RS 6 has 560 horse power, 700 Newton-meters of torque distributed over both axles. This 4-wheel drive car is made for fast family men. Go drive on the highway, not in the terrain! All-wheel drive cars for families on 4x4-the all-wheel program.
Pick-ups Old and New
Pickup trucks have been available since the start of motorized locomotion. The combination of passenger car and utility vehicle is practical and versatile. That's why the success of pickup trucks is unbroken. 4x4 - The All-Wheel Magazine tests the Japanese workhorse Mitsubishi L200 off the road and on the streets. Compared to a lot of different pickups the L200 possesses a permanent all-wheel drive. Does that make it unbeatable off the roadroad? Find out on 4x4 - The All-Wheel Magazine.
Ice, snow and the shivering cold as well as all-wheel drive and cool cars can only mean one thing: endless drifting fun. On this episode 4x4 ' The All Wheel Magazine shows you some of the best all-wheel drive vehicles for snowy grounds. Volvo has a lot of experience, when it comes to driving under difficult conditions and uses that knowledge for its Cross Country range. Plus: Why is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X the perfect car for drifting? And: The Ford Raptor as a snowmobile, the Fiat Panda as a monster truck and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. You could not ask for more snow action - on 4x4-The All-Wheel Magazine.
All-Wheel Vehicles of the Future
Mitsubishi has over 40 years of experience in manufacturing electric motors. They used this know-how in 2013 to present the first plug-in hybrid SUV to the world: the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid Outlander. Two years later the Outlander gets a new look and we test it on-road and off-road. More and more car companies such as BMW or Audi are producing electric or hybrid cars. All-wheel-drive cars of the future ' this time on 4x4 ' the All-Wheel-Drive Magazine.
High Performance SUVs
On this episode of 4x4 two worlds will collide. On the hand: a high seating position, room for the family and all-wheel drive. On the other hand: a lot of power and acceleration values similar to those from a sports car. The BMW X6 M is the riding machine amongst SUVs and offers optimal conditions for a wild ride through the mountains. Also: With 400 hp and maximum torque of 550 Nm the Porsche Macan Turbo comes with considerable power from the get-go. But thanks to chip tuning, the engine tuners from RaceChip get an additional output of 80 hp and torque of 180 Nm out of the crossover model. High performance SUVs on 4x4 - the All-Wheel Magazine.
Diabolical dust, deadly potholes and 640 hp. This is Armin Schwarz`s latest work environment. The former European Rally champion meets one of his toughest challenges. The Primm 300 - 482 kilometers of desert track.