2022 Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35
At the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show, Isuzu in cooperation with Arctic Trucks unveiled the special edition D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35. Isuzu has big hopes for the trucks and hopes customers customers will fall in love with the 4x4 capabilities of AT35, so the official sale date was set for February 14, 2022.
2022 Mercedes EQG Concept
Mercedes went on an electrification spree at the 2021 IAA Mobility Show in Munich, Germany. One of the cars unveiled here was the EQG, the EQ electric equivalent of the legendary G-Class SUV, or more popularly known as the G-Wagen. The off-roader is one of the most iconic models ever built and is still going strong despite its boxy and old-school demeanor. In fact, that is the one thing that’s still attracting purists.
The company showcased the EQG Concept that follows a similar path, but with a lot of new tech. This is said to be a near-production concept, so we can expect the real deal to be revealed by next year, perhaps.
2021 Land Rover Defender 110 by Heritage Customs
Netherlands-based Heritage Customs is known for its Land Rover Defender builds. The aftermarket company has created many bespoke editions of the yesteryear and the new Defender models. The company has again created a bespoke model for a TV celebrity, Winston Gerschtanowitz, based on the new Defender 110 called the Valiance.
2022 Land Rover Defender Trophy Edition
Land Rover set out to tell a story with its latest special edition – The Defender Trophy Edition. It’s designed specifically to pay tribute to the Defender’s long-standing expedition legacy. It’s inspired by the Land Rover Classic Defender Works V8 Trophy and is based on the 2022 Defender 110 P400 X-Dynamic SE (boy that’s a mouthful.) Production will be capped at 220 units, some of which will undoubtedly be equipped with the Extended Black Exterior Pack that you see on the model in these images.
As you’d expect from Land Rover, the Defender Trophy Edition comes standard will all kinds of extra all-terrain equipment including a roof rack, front under shield, deployable ladder, winch installation kit, air compressor, an deep-sided floormats. The list continues with a tow hitch receiver, ClearSight RearView, and Air Suspension. This limited edition will be available from August 2021, and will be priced at $90,000. If you’re in Europe, I’m sorry to break your heart, but this is a U.S. only affair.
2021 Jeep Wrangler Black Hawk by Chelsea Truck Company
The Chelsea Truck Company, by KAHN Design, is synonymous with giving some truly astounding makeovers to Wranglers, Defenders & G Wagons. They recently took the wraps off of their latest mod, based on the Jeep Wrangler, which looks really menacing. As ever, they have created something really special with the Black Hawk variant for 2021.
2021 Ram 1500 TRX - Driven
For very many years, the Ford F-150 Raptor was the only off-road standalone model you could get straight from the factory. Ram, however, decided to come up with a rival for it and announced its intention by coming up with a concept performance off-road truck in 2016 called the TRX. Pretty much everything we saw there made it to the production version as well.
Fast forward to 2020, Ram launched the TRX as a Raptor-killer by upping the ante in almost every single department. The TRX was introduced with a supercharged V-8 that makes over 700 horses, impressive off-road equipment and specs, and an uber-premium cabin. Given all the bells and whistles Ram offered, there was no way this was going to be an inexpensive truck. Ram priced it at $69,000 at launch in the ‘base’ form. At that time, it was clearly positioned above the Raptor as they both had a significant price difference.
While this is a truck that you definitely want, is this a truck that you actually need? A white 2021 Ram TRX arrived at TopSpeed and we find out the answer to that.
1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution - An Unappreciated Dakar Raider
It’s no secret that Mitsubishi is a pale shadow of its former self. Having numerous successes in rallying, the brand has switched to making bland, cheaply-made crossovers and compact cars. Although Mitsubishi currently finds itself in a state of survival (they put the Eclipse name on a crossover), things were quite different in the 1990s. Not long ago, we talked about the 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse Ralliart, which was essentially the two-door “EVO” everyone wanted but never got. But long before it, there was this – the short-wheelbase-only Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution. And there’s a lot to say about it.
2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Trio By ECD Automotive Design
E.C.D Automotive Design is famous for its highly customized Land Rover Defender rebuilds. This time, the aftermarket company has taken things up a notch by working on three identical Defender 90s one after the other, but each one is contrastingly different from the other. The rebuild on all the three SUVs involves extensive work inside out and even feature different V-8s under the hood. The company hasn’t revealed the exact prices of these builds, but the D90s start at $180,000.
2021 Hummer M1-R by Mil-Spec Automotive
Mil-Spec Automotive is back with another classic Hummer build. Called the M1-R Vision, the build comes with a snazzy exterior and interior, and a turbo V-8 that makes 500 horses. The Michigan-based tuner noted that while the truck has gone heavily under the knife, it has retained all the good stuff and taken out the bad. Yes, this is an extinct breed and Mil-Spec seems to have a good job, but is it worth spending over a quarter-million dollars on?
1990 Mercedes 250GD Wolf by Expedition Motor Company
The G-Wagen started life being a military truck and was later offered to us civilians as a hardcore off-roader that was matched by vehicles like the Land Rover and the Land Cruiser. The G-Wagen that we know today is fast and powerful, but back in its early days, it was brute and tough. Expedition Motor Company got hold of a 1990 250GD and restored it to perfection. As the company puts it, this is the story of how a rough ex-military war machine becomes a work of art.
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
Six months after revealing the 2021 Ford F-150, Ford finally brought in the new Raptor as well. There was a lot of mulling around Ford introducing a V-8 to rival the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. But, Ford decided to keep the standard Raptor clear and announced a new Raptor R that will feature a V-8 and take on the cocky Ram 1500 TRX.
The 2021 model year marks the third generation of the F-150 Raptor, and Ford has come up with some significant changes. For starters, you can now have it with 37-inch tires from the factory, which was unheard of in this segment. Then there’s the new exhaust system to make it sound sweeter. But, will these changes push the price of this V-6-powered truck dangerously close to a better-accomplished, V-8-powered Ram 1500 TRX?
2021 Ares Design Defender Spec 1.2
Land Rover Defender is one of the most popular choices for tuners and aftermarket companies to show off their skills and creativity. This time, it’s Ares Designs’ turn to show off what it could make of this butch SUV. Called the Defender Spec 1.2, it comes with changes inside out. The exterior includes stuff like carbon fiber bodywork and a panoramic roof and the interior benefits from some luxurious touches. Even the four-cylinder engine is swapped in favor of a V-8 engine for that extra grunt and roar.
2021 Ford Bronco V-8 VelociRaptor by Hennessey
The only chink in Bronco’s armor is the missing V-8 engine under the hood. Although Ford matched the Jeep Wrangler in every aspect, dare I say, even better in some, the lack of a V-8 will be a deal-breaker for some folks. However, aftermarket tuners have grabbed on to this opportunity. PaxPower was one of the first companies to announce a Bronco V-8 and soon many companies jumped the wagon. The latest one to do so is Hennessey Performance.
Hennessey has announced that it will be building a VelociRaptor version of the Ford Bronco with a V-8 mill that will churn out 750 horses. This will be a limited-edition build and will cost around four-times the cost of a standard Bronco. Is it worth it?
2020 Jeep Wrangler Protest Edition By Chelsea Truck Company
Chelsea Truck Company has returned with another Jeep Wrangler rendition called the Protest Edition. Although the name could be considered slightly controversial, the changes made to the SUV are pretty neat. Nothing under the hood has been changed and it is stock, which means all the changes are cosmetic only. This Wrangler is a right-hand-drive model and is brand-new, unlike some of the examples from Chelsea lately that have had previous owners.