Robust ute in seventh heaven
ONE of the most robust goanywhere vehicles made in Australia has been expanded to seat seven.
Brisbane company EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles (EOV) has adapted a Mitsubishi Canter 4 x 4 to create a new dual-cab ute model.
That adds to its range of short and long-wheelbase adventure trucks and utes.
Spokesman Michael Gregson says the vehicle 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,’’ he 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, softride suspension, single wheel, with real off-road tyres 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 longrange sustainable world travel over almost any terrain. The company has tested its products on expeditions across many kilometres and continents.
EOV boss Lance Gillies says they are attracting customers from around Australian and the world.
They include a Swiss buyer who arrives next week to pick up the vehicle and clients from Egypt ‘‘in a month or so’’.
EOV products are not classed as modified trucks but are registered as an EarthCruiser brand, recognised as legal in, and insurable in, all states of Australia.
The new ute also weighs less than 4500kg, so it can be driven on a standard car licence.
‘‘With the whole vehicle being not much wider than a LandCruiser, it 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 with 117kW of power and, more importantly, 471Nm of torque.
The new dual-cab ute is priced at $89,000, plus on-road costs, and is available through ZUPPS Truck Centre, Rocklea.
The short wheelbase EarthCruiser costs $195,000, the mid-wheelbase is $230,000 and the ute $75,000.
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