Iveco’s lux­ury 4x4 off-roader

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At the top end of the lux­ury off-road ex­pe­di­tion mar­ket, where money is not a con­cern, the sky is the limit, as one dis­cern­ing West Aus­tralian truck buyer has demon­strated with the build of his new Euro­cargo ML150 4x4 out­back tourer.

With owner Roger plan­ning ex­tended travel across Aus­tralia and then want­ing to ship the ve­hi­cle to other con­ti­nents around the world to con­tinue the jour­ney, he wasn’t pre­pared to scrimp on lux­ury or per­for­mance. This led him to Iveco and then to spe­cial­ist body­builder, SLRV Ex­pe­di­tion Ve­hi­cles on the Gold Coast.

Al­ready a proven per­former in emer­gency ser­vice, mil­i­tary, min­ing and exploration work, the Euro­cargo ML150 4x4 was a log­i­cal start­ing place for the cus­tomer, ac­cord­ing to SLRV ex­pe­di­tion ve­hi­cles di­rec­tor, War­wick Boswerger.

“The Euro­cargo, both as a 4x2 and 4x4 is known for its re­li­a­bil­ity and power in Europe and it’s a plat­form that’s held in very high re­gard there, and in many other parts of the world,” War­wick said.

“From the fac­tory the model has a full-time 4x4 sys­tem, hub re­duc­tion and front, cen­tre and rear dif­fer­en­tial locks that en­sure max­i­mum trac­tion.

“The multi-leaf par­a­bolic springs with dual act­ing hy­draulic shock ab­sorbers also pro­vide ex­cel­lent ar­tic­u­la­tion and the high ten­sile steel chas­sis al­lows twist­ing to fur­ther help over rough ter­rain and un­du­la­tions,” he said.

Pow­er­ing the Euro­cargo is Iveco’s Tec­tor six-cylin­der, 5.9-litre turbo- diesel en­gine, which de­liv­ers 208kW and an im­pres­sive 950Nm of torque from a low 1,200rpm.

Power is fed to the wheels via a six-speed man­ual syn­chro­mesh trans­mis­sion – it’s a com­bi­na­tion that pro­vides am­ple power and drive­abil­ity both on and off the black­top.

War­wick said that another rea­son why the truck was se­lected was because of the read­ily avail­able sleeper cab op­tion, er­gonomic cab and driver and pas­sen­ger air sus­pen­sion seat.

“There wasn’t an ad­di­tional cost in get­ting a sleeper cab model. The over­all specifications, di­men­sions and the truck’s ap­point­ments were ideal for what Roger wanted,” War­wick said.

With the truck cab chas­sis se­lected, the SLRV team went about cre­at­ing one of the most lux­u­ri­ous and func­tional ex­pe­di­tion bod­ies pos­si­ble.

The fully cus­tom-de­signed body in­cludes a rear ‘garage’ able to ac­com­mo­date a mo­tor­bike and two spare tyres – this equipment is ac­cessed via a slide- out lif ting sys­tem.

For ex­tended pe­ri­ods on the road, the truck is fit­ted with a 600 litre wa­ter tank, a so­lar elec­tric sys­tem, a lithium bat­tery sys­tem and an Au­tosat satel­lite sys­tem ensuring the owner can re­main vir­tu­ally self-suf­fi­cient and safe when trav­el­ling off the beaten track.

But be­ing off the beaten track doesn’t mean these trav­ellers will be rough­ing it.

In fit­ting out the in­te­rior of the body, SLRV has pro­vided a high qual­ity, mod­ern fin­ish more in keep­ing with a high end stu­dio apart­ment.

At Roger’s dis­posal is a gal­ley kitchen with an oven/ grill cook­top and mi­crowave, solid sur­face bench tops, a four person dinette, a queen bed, Fu­sion En­ter­tain­ment Sys­tem and LED TV, and a full sep­a­rate en suite.

If the own­ers want to spend time out­side, there’s a re­cessed elec­tric awning, built-in ex­ter­nal bar­be­cue on a slide and an ex­ter­nal shower.

“Ba­si­cally this truck is built to go any­where, it’s built to get to that in­ac­ces­si­ble des­ti­na­tion in lux­ury,” War­wick said.

“And when they get there, they’ll be able to stay in­def­i­nitely in to­tal lux­ury.

“We’re con­fi­dent the owner will get many years and hun­dreds of thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of en­joy­able tour­ing out of this new Euro­cargo 4x4.”

Iveco truck the per­fect base for go-any­where 4x4 cam­per

In­te­rior is lit­er­ally a home-away-from-home.

There’s even room to carry a dirt bike.

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