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Get An Adrenaline Rush: Overland Tourers By VW, Jeep, Nissan For A Voyage Into The Unknown

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An Adventurous Drive
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An Adventurous Drive

A look at some of the premier overland adventure vehicles that were unveiled this year in the US.

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2019 RTR Rambler Ford Ranger
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2019 RTR Rambler Ford Ranger

Touted as the ultimate overland tourer offering adventure enthusiasts a perfect side-kick, the vehicle is a truck, in essence. The RTR Rambler Ford Ranger’s 2019 version has a blend of streetability, overlanding and trail potential. Apart from an aggressive styling and tactical performance, the vehicle flaunts some custom styling touches as well, like the SkyRise tent, integrated snowboard support capsule as well as the Fox tuned by Ford Performance offroad suspension levelling kit.

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Volkswagen Atlas Adventure Concept
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Volkswagen Atlas Adventure Concept

It’s a cross between an overland and a midsize SUV. The Atlas comes with an H&R Adventure Line raising coil-over suspension components, Yokohama brand tyres and an onboard drone with exterior-mounted action video camera. The concept vehicle can be a home to anyone who chooses it to be his trek ride. This is thanks to its overland equipment fold-over rooftop tent and Thule awning system.

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
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2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

The vehicle is positioned as one of the most off-road capable midsize pickup trucks. That’s because of its combination of front and rear Tru-Lok locking differentials, FOX shocks and a forward-facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera. With steel skid plates to help protect key components like the fuel tank and transfer case from challenging trails, the Rubicon is one sturdy vehicle.

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Nissan Frontier Desert Runner
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Nissan Frontier Desert Runner

The Frontier Desert Runner has off-road style features and a 4x2 configuration. The mid-size pickup suits the weekend adventurer and can also turn into a race truck. Apart from a 5.6-litre V8 engine, the vehicle comes equipped with Garrett GTX3584RS turbocharger, custom intercooler, Jim Wolf Technology camshafts, pistons and valves, along with MA Motorsports custom turbo header and exhaust system. The interiors have a no-frills cockpit with coated floor and racing seats.

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American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL
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American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL

The adventure-ready Prospector XL (fifth-generation) has 40-inch tyres to maximise ground clearance, while its AEV 3-inch DualSport suspension system keeps the vehicle’s centre of gravity low. Ideal for hauling dirt bikes and snowmobiles to remote locations, it’s a vehicle for those who love the outdoors. With slidein campers for harsh conditions in remote locations, this one offers confidence to go way off the beaten path and get back intact.

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