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Ocelot

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Offroad -

Price: clas­si­fied En­gine: six-cylin­der Steyr tur­bod­iesel Power: 200kW Kerb weight: 5500kg Econ­omy: clas­si­fied CO : clas­si­fied Range: 600km Fuel tank: 245 litres Di­men­sions: 5.4m (length), 2.1m (width), 2.35m (height), 3.65m (wheel­base) Ocelot is easy to drive with its light steer­ing and au­to­matic gear­box, and its two-tonne pay­load would make it the per­fect ve­hi­cle for the weekly gro­cery shop­ping trip.

Don’t worry about a park­ing space, just park it on top of an­other car.

A short test drive around the Scenic Rim Ad­ven­ture Park in South-East Queens­land re­veals a ve­hi­cle that packs a ma­cho wal­lop.

It grunts and puffs with all the quiet grace of a Massey Fer­gu­son trac­tor.

Yet it tip-toes over boul­ders and through gul­lies with grace­ful ease thanks to its long-travel in­de­pen­dent sus­pen­sion.

Though there is no air­con­di­tion­ing in the pre­pro­duc­tion model, it will be supplied in the fi­nal ver­sion to keep the troops and hi-tech com­mu­ni­ca­tions gear com­fort­able.

It would also score a full five stars in a crash test, but it would have to be marked down on safety be­cause of its to­tal lack of rear vi­sion.

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