Ruggednew utility can seat seven
O NE of the most robust go-anywhere vehicles made in Australia has been expanded to seat seven. Brisbane company EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles has adapted a Mitsubishi Canter 4x4 to create a dual-cab utility model to add to its range of short and long-wheelbase adventure trucks and utes.
EOV spokesman Michael Gregson says the design is based on customer feedback.
‘‘There are many people out there, whether they be tradesman, hobbyist or leisure seekers who don’t want a truck, but badly need a good quality seven-seat, four-wheel-drive dual cab utility with a huge tray and a quality finish, so we believe we will be offering a unique product to a keen audience,’’ Mr Gregson says.
‘‘We have gone through the second-stage manufacturing process to deliver what potential customers of these great vehicles have been crying out for — long-travel, soft-ride suspension, single wheel, with real off roadtyres and a decent size tray with a mounting system that lets the chassis work.
‘‘Add to this the Australian made suspension seat and it complements the package to deliver a comfortable and tough unit.’’
EOV specialises in building vehicles capable of long-range sustainable world travel over almost any terrain and has tested its products on expeditions across many kilometres and continents.
EOV boss Lance Gillies says the company is attracting customers from around Australian and the world, including a Swiss buyer who arrives next week to pick up a vehicle and clients from Egypt ‘‘in a month or so’’.
The new ute weighs less than 4500kg, so it can be driven on a standard car licence, like most EOV products.
‘‘With the whole vehicle being not much wider than a LandCruiser, they can tackle the same tracks and narrow river crossings as conventional four-wheel drives,’’ Mr Gregson says. EarthCruiser vehicles are powered by a 4.9-litre intercooled turbo-diesel.
The new dual-cab ute is priced at $89,000 plus on-road costs.
The short wheelbase EarthCruiser costs $195,000, the mid-wheelbase is $230,000 and the ute is $75,000. www.earthcruiser.com.au
Go anywhere: the EarthCruiser dual cab and (below) its interior.