Skip's 4x4
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New 4WD Vehicles available in Australia

Accuracy of data: Although I try to keep this page up-to-date, new models do get released, and specifications of vehicles do change, and hence this page may not be entirely accurate at all times (see news flash below).
Most powerful 4WD: Porsche Cayenne, 4.5L V8 twin-turbo petrol, 331Kw, 620Nm, 0-100k in 5.6 seconds, top speed 266kph. Followed closely by: Mercedes ML55AGM, 5.5L V8, 255Kw, 510Nm. Then the BMW X5, 4.6L V8, 255Kw, 480Nm.
Most economical 4WD: Holden Cruze (5L/100K highway cycle). Followed closely by: Suzuki Jimny, Daihatsu Terios, Mercedes ML270 turbo-diesel. The Landrover Freelander turbo-diesel is also very economical, but have no stats to rank it with.
Most capable off road: Hummer H1. But from the more popular vehicles, in skip's opinion, it is probably the Landcruiser 100 series (with front live axle rather than independent front). Followed closely by: Nissan Patrol, and Range Rover.
  For obsolete models, visit the Discontinued Vehicles page.

NEWSFLASH:
Sorry, but this page is now quite out of date. I just don't have the time to keep it current, especially since the popularity of urban 4WD's has increased dramatically, and the manufacturers have responded to this, and to the increasing cost of fuel, by releasing many new models, including plenty of high tech turbo-diesels!
 
Toyota

Toyota

www.toyota.com.au 

Toyota Landcruiser 100
Toyota 100 series Landcrusier

4WD: Full Time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 2305-2345kg
Suspension:
Front (base model):
Live axel & coils
Front (GXL & up):
Independent & torsion bars
Rear: Live axle & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
4.7L V8 Petrol 170kw 410nm
4.2L 6cyl Diesel 96kw 285nm
4.2L 6cyl Intercooled Turbo-Diesel 150kw 430nm
Toyota Prado
Toyota Prado GXL
4WD: Full Time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1890-2090kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent torsion bar
Rear: Live axle & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
4L V6 Petrol 179kw 343nm
3.0L 4cyl turbo-diesel 96kw 343nm.
Toyota Kluger
Toyota Kluger
4WD: Full time, single range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1740-1875kg
Suspension:
Front & rear McPherson struts
Gearbox: 5 auto
Engine:
3.3L v6 petrol 172kw 328nm
Toyota Rav 4
Toyota RAV4

4WD: Full time, single range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1310-1410kg
Suspension:
Front & rear McPherson struts
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engine:
2.4L 4cyl petrol 120kw 224nm
Toyota Hilux 4x4
2005 Toyota Hilux
4WD: Part Time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1815-1865kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent coils
Rear: Live axle & leafs
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
4L v6 petrol 175kw 343nm
2.7L 4cyl petrol 118kw 241nm
3.0L 4cyl intercooled turbo-diesel 120kw 343nm
Toyota Landcruiser 78
Toyota Landcruiser 78 series
4WD: Part Time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1950-2010kg
Suspension:
Front: Live axle & coils
Rear: Live axle & leafs
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
4.5L 6cyl petrol 155kw 373nm
4.2L 6cyl diesel 96kw 285nm
4.2L 6cyl turbo-diesel 122kw 380nm
Nissan

www.nissan.com.au 

Nissan Patrol GU
Nissan Patrol
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 2320-2445kg
Suspension:
Front & rear: Live axles & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
4.8L 6cyl petrol 185kw 420nm
4.2L 6cyl intercooled turbo-diesel 114kw 360nm,
3.0L 4cyl intercooled turbo-diesel 116kw 354nm.
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder 98
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1870-1915kg
Suspension:
Front:
Independent McPherson
Rear: Live axles & coils
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engine:
3.3L V6 petrol 125kw 266nm
Nissan X-Trail
Nissan X-Trail
4WD: Part time, single range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1435-1455kg
Suspension:
Front:
Independent McPherson
Rear: Parallel link strut?
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engine:
2.5L 4cyl petrol 132kw 235nm
Nissan Navara
Nissan Navara
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1785-1895kg
Suspension:
Front:
Independent Torsion bar
Rear: Live axle & leafs
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
3.0L V6 petrol 125kw 266nm
3.0L 4cyl turbo-diesel 110kw 314nm
Patrol Cab-Chassis
Nissan Patrol Cab Chassis
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 2015-2128kg
Suspension:
Front:
Live axles & coils
Rear has choice of:
Live axle & coils ...
or ... Live axle and leafs
Gearbox: 5 man
Engines:
4.2L 6cyl diesel,
4.2L 6cyl turbo-diesel 114kw 360nm
 
Ford

Ford

www.ford.com.au 

Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer

4WD: Full time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 2167Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent & coils
Rear: Independent & coils
Gearbox: 5 speed auto
Engines:
4.0L V6 petrol 157kw 344nm
4.6L V8 petrol 178kw 382nm
Ford Territory
Ford Territory
4WD: Full time, single  range.
Chassis: No (monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1995-2125Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent & coils
Rear: Independent & coils
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engine:
4L 6cyl petrol 182kw 380nm
Ford Escape
Ford Escape
4WD: On demand, single range.
Chassis: No (monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1527-1582Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent McPherson
Rear: Independent & coils
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engines:
3L V6 petrol 152kw 276nm
2.3L 4cyl petrol 108kw 201nm
Ford Courier
Ford Courier
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1777Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent Torsion
Rear: Live axle & Leafs
Gearbox: 5 man or 5 auto
Engines:
2.6L 4cyl petrol 92kw 210nm
2.5L 4cyl intercooled turbo-diesel 82kw 271nm
4L V6 petrol 154kw 323nm
Ford F-250
Ford F-250
4WD: Part time, ? range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 2821-3198Kg
Suspension:
Front: Live axel & coils?
Rear: Live axle & coils?
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
5.4L V8 petrol 194kw 475nm
7.3L V8 turbo-diesel 175kw 684nm.
 
Holden

Holden

www.holden.com.au 

Holden Cruze
Holden Cruze

4WD: On demand, single  range.
Chassis: No (monocoque)
Kerb weight: 985-1000Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent McPherson
Rear: Independent & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engine:
1.5L 4cyl petrol 74kw 138nm
Holden Adventra
Holden Adventra
4WD: Full Time, single range.
Chassis: No (monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1940-1983kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent McPherson
Rear: Independent coils
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engine:
5.7L V8 Petrol 235kw 460nm
Holden Rodeo
Holden Rodeo
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1721-1887Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent torsion bars
Rear: Live axle & leafs
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engines:
3.5L V6 petrol 147kw 280nm
3.0L 4cyl intercooled turbo-diesel 96kw 280nm
2.4L 4cyl petrol 94kw 207nm
Holden Crewman Cross8
Holden Crewman Cross8
4WD: Full Time, single range.
Chassis: Tray=yes, cab=monocoque
Kerb weight: 1947kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent McPherson
Rear: Live axle & leafs
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engine:
5.7L V8 Petrol 225kw 460nm
 
Landrover

Landrover

www.landrover.com.au 

Range Rover
Range Rover

4WD: Full Time, dual range
Engines:
4.4L V8 petrol,
3.0L 6cyl turbo-diesel.
Landrover Discovery
Land Rover Discovery
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Chassis: No (monocoque)
Kerb weight: 2345-2440Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent coils
Rear: Independent  coils
Gearbox: 6 auto, or 6 man
Engines:
2.7L V6 intercooled turbo-diesel 140kw 440nm
4.0L V6 petrol 160kw 460nm
4.6L V8 petrol 220kw 425nm
Landrover Defender
1998 Land Rover Defender
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engine:
2.5L 5cyl turbo-diesel.
Landrover Freelander
1998 Land Rover Freelander
4WD: Full time, single range.
Engines:
2.5L V6 petrol,
2.0L 4cyl turbo-diesel.
   
Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi

www.mitsubishi-motors.com.au 

Mitsubishi Pajero
Mitsubishi Pajero
4WD: All mode, dual range.
Engines:
3.5L V6 petrol 140kw 303nm
3.2L 4cyl turbo-diesel 121kw 373nm
Mitsubishi Challenger
Mitsubishi Challenger
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Engine:
3.0L V6 petrol 136kw 265nm
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander

4WD: Full time, single range
Engine:
2.4L 4cyl Petrol 100kw 205nm
Mitsubishi Triton
Mitsubishi Triton
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Engines:
3.0L V6 petrol 133kw 255nm
2.4L 4cyl petrol 97kw 192nm
2.8L 4cyl diesel 71kw 198nm
   
Jeep

http://www.chrysler-jeep.com.au 

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engines:
4.0L 6cyl petrol,
4.7L V8 petrol.
Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Cherokee
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engines:
3.7L V6 petrol,
2.5L 4cyl turbo-diesel.
Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler
4WD: Part time?, dual range.
Engines:
4.0L 6cyl petrol.
     
Hyundai

Hyundai

www.hyundai.com.au 

Hyundai Terracan
Hyundai Terracan

4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: ?
Suspension:
Front:
Independent & torsion bars
Rear: Live axle & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engine:
3.5L V6 petrol 145kw 302nm
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe

4WD: Full time, single range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: ?
Suspension:
Front & rear:
Independent & coils
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engines:
2.4L 4cyl petrol,
2.7L V6 petrol 132kw 247nm
Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tucson

4WD: Full time, single range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1577kg
Suspension:
Front & rear:
Independent McPherson coils
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engine:
2.7L V6 petrol 129kw 241nm
     
Suzuki

Suzuki

www.suzuki.com.au 

Suzuki Vitara
Suzuki Vitara
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Engines:
2.5L V6 petrol,
2.0L 4cyl petrol.
Suzuki Jimny
Suzuki Jimny
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Engine:
1.3L 4cyl petrol.
       
Lexus

Lexus

www.lexus.com.au

Lexus LX470
Lexus LX470

4WD: Full Time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 2530kg
Suspension:
Front:
Independent & torsion bars
Rear: Live axle & coils
Gearbox: 5 speed auto
Engine:
4.7L V8 Petrol 170kw 410nm
Lexus RX330
Lexus RX330

4WD: Full Time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: ~1880kg
Suspension:
Front & rear:
Independent McPherson & coils
Gearbox: 5 speed auto
Engine:
3.3L V6 Petrol 172kw 328nm
       
Mazda

Mazda

www.mazda.com.au 

Mazda Tribute
Mazda Tribute
4WD: On demand, single range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1576-1594Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent McPherson
Rear: Independent & coils
Gearbox: 4 auto
Engines:
3.0L V6 petrol 152kw 276nm
2.3L 4cyl petrol 108kw 201nm
Mazda Bravo
Mazda Bravo
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Engines:
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1679-1686Kg
Suspension:
Front: Independent Torsion bar
Rear: Live axle & leafs
Gearbox: 5 man
2.6L 4cyl petrol 92kw 210nm
2.5L 4cyl turbo-diesel 82kw 271nm
       
Kia

Kia

www.kia.com.au 

Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 2027Kg
Suspension:
Front:
Independent & coils
Rear: Live axle & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engine:
3.5L V6 petrol 145kn 295nm.
Kia Sportage
Kia Sportage
4WD: Part time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: 1610Kg
Suspension:
Front:
Independent & coils
Rear: Live axle & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engine:
2.0L 4cyl petrol 94kw 175nm
       
Subaru

www.subaru.com.au  

Subaru Forester
Subaru Forester
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engine:
2.5L 4cyl petrol.
Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engines:
3L 6cyl petrol,
2.5L 4cyl petrol.
       
Mercedes

www.mercedes.com.au  

ML55AMG
Mercedes ML55AMG
4WD: Full time, single range.
Engine:
5.5L V8 petrol.
ML270 / 320 / 500
Mercedes ML270
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engines:
3.2L V6 petrol (320),
5L V8 petrol (500),
2.7L 5cyl turbo-diesel (270).
       
Hummer

Hummer

www.hummer.com  

Hummer H1
Hummer H1
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engine:
6.5L V8 turbo-diesel.
Hummer H2
Hummer H2
4WD: Full time, dual range.
Engine:
6.0L V8 petrol.
       
Honda

Honda

www.honda.com.au 

Honda CR-V
Honda CR-V
4WD On demand, single range.
Engine:
2.4L 4cyl petrol 118kw 220nm
Honda MDX
Honda MDX
4WD: On demand, single range.
Engine:
3.5L V6 petrol 191kw 345nm
       
VW
Volkswagen

VW Volkswagen

www.volkswagen.com.au  

VW Touareg
VW Touareg
4WD: Full Time, dual range.
Chassis: Yes
Kerb weight: ~2235kg
Suspension:
Front & Rear:
Independent double wishbone
Gearbox: 6 speed  auto
Engine:
3.2L V6 Petrol 162kw 305nm
         
Daihatsu

Daihatsu

www.daihatsu.com.au 

Daihatsu Terios
Daihatsu Terios
4WD: Full time, single range.
Chassis: No (Monocoque)
Kerb weight: 1000Kg
Suspension:
Front:
Independent McPherson
Rear: Live axle & coils
Gearbox: 5 man or 4 auto
Engine:
1.3L 4cyl petrol 63kw 120nm
         
Volvo

Volvo

www.volvocars.com.au 

Volvo V70XC
Volvo V70XC
4WD: Full time, single range.
Engine:
2.4L 5cyl petrol turbo.
         
Audi

Audi

www.audi.com.au 

Audi Quattro Allroad
Audi Quattro Allroad
4WD: Full time, ? range.
Engines:
2.5L V6 turbo-diesel,
2.7L V6 twin- turbo petrol.
         
BMW

www.bmw.com.au 

BMW X5
BMW X5
4WD: Full time, single range.
Engines:
3.0L 6cyl petrol,
4.4L V8 petrol,
4.6L V8 petrol.
         
Porsche

Porsche

www.porsche.com.au 

Porsche Cayenne
Porsche Cayenne
4WD: Full time, ? range.
Engines:
4.5L V8 petrol,
4.5L V8 twin-turbo petrol.
         
Lada

?

www.lada.com.au ?

Under construction...

Lada Niva?

         

NOTE: This page is not up-to-date. See news flash at top of this table.

For obsolete models, visit the Discontinued Vehicles page.

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