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4 Wheel Drive Madness


A list of some spectacular 4x4s and some not so spectacular. | 4x4 History


2001: The new Ford Explorer "is set for release to the market in November."

The new car will be available with either a 4.0 litre V6, or a 4.6 litre V8 engine. It is the same length and width as the previous model, but the wheelbase is longer, and the body is said to be much stiffer. That, and the independent rear suspension(!), holds out a promise of better handling on our outback roads - a weak spot of the old car.


Ford Expedition, big brother of the Ford Explorer, station wagon relative to the Ford F150 series, and rival to the GM Suburban. The Expedition has a choice of 4.6 or 5.4 litre V8 enginesstation wagon, 5 or 6 + 3(small) seats, 4 doors, dual air bags loa: 5197mm (17'), width: 1996mm (6'6"), height: 1941mm (6'4") turning radius: 6.1m weight: 2600kg (2.6 tons) (unladen), towing: 3500kg (braked, regulation permitting) 4.6 V8: 4.6L, petrol, V8, efi, 2-valves/cyl 5.4L V8 5.4L, petrol, V8, efi, 2-valves/cyl transmission: 4a, part-time 2WD or 4WD, 2-speed transfer case suspension: indep-coil/live-coil, load-levelling option, brakes: disc/disc tyres: 255/R16 or 265/70R17, fuel capacity: 113L (4WD) Notes: first produced in 1997, based on the Ford F150 ute. Also available as a 4x2.