Ro­bust ute in sev­enth heaven

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By MARK HINCH­LIFFE

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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