4X4 Australia: September 2017 issue on sale August 3

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A RANGER with supercharged V8 power piqued our interest this month, so we took an in-depth look at the 344kW Coyote-powered Ford.

We test new metal in the form of Land Rover’s Discovery and Range Rover’s Sport SD4, and we attend the international reveal of Merc’s X-Class ute.

We also dissect and rank 2017’s best-selling 4x4s. Plus we explore the NT’s Kakadu and trace the Darling River in NSW.

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What you’ll get this month:

2017 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY: FIRST DRIVE
Uluru is the backdrop for the first drive of the all-new Discovery.

2017 LAND ROVER DISCOVERYMERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS: REVEAL
We are in South Africa as the curtains drop on Merc’s new ute.

MERCEDES-BENZ X-CLASS: REVEALRANGE ROVER SPORT SD4: FIRST DRIVE 
Quick spin in the four-cylinder-powered SD4.

RANGE ROVER SPORT SD4JEEP WRANGLER JK WITH MOPAR KIT
Forget about the aftermarket, this is a factory-fitted JK.

JEEP WRANGLER JK mopark kitNSW POLICE RESCUE FLEET
At its 75th birthday celebrations, we chat to the NSW Police Rescue Squad’s senior constable.

NSW POLICE RESCUE FLEETMID-YEAR REPORT CARD
Ranking 2017’s best-selling 4x4s.

Ford Ranger best selling 4X4CUSTOM FORD RANGER WITH FPV V8 POWER
A supercharged V8 makes a good thing even better.

CUSTOM FORD RANGER WITH FPV V8 POWER 2017 WINCH TEST 
Seven winches are put through a stringent testing process to find a winner.

2017 WINCH TESTCUSTOM NISSAN NAVARA NP300
Modified Navara is the ultimate toy hauler.

CUSTOM NISSAN NAVARA NP3002017 VARIETY 4WD BASH, SA
The organisers of the charity event sure know how to throw a shindig.

2017 VARIETY 4WD BASH, SATHE KAKADU CIRCUIT, NT
Dodging crocs across Australia’s top end.

THE KAKADU CIRCUIT, NTDARLING RIVER, NSW
Tracing the Darling from Bourke to its junction with the mighty Murray.

DARLING RIVER, NSWABERFOYLE TABLELAND TRACK, NSW
If you’re not a fan of the coastal campsite cluster, then head for the hills.

ABERFOYLE TABLELAND TRACK, NSW4X4 SHED: 1994 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 300TDI
Unsurprisingly, Deano’s spent a bucket-load of cash fixing his Defender.

4X4 SHED: 79 SERIES LAND CRUISER
Moonie’s Project Cruiser gets new wheels, tyres and mirrors.

THE REST

We’ve listed a heap of fresh gear on the market, plus we’ve tested a bunch of cool kit: ARB Frontier long-range tank, Mr Heater gas heater, Nite Ize Radiant 300 rechargeable lantern, and Spotters Blaze Nexus Mirror sunglasses.

This month’s Readers’ Rigs includes a sweet 2011 Jeep Liberty package, a mud-skipping 1976 FJ45 and a 1988 MWB Nissan Patrol GQ.

Roothy squeezes more performance out of Milo 2, Fraser ranks the most important attributes of a 4x4, Ron provides an insight into Australia’s atomic bomb history, and Deano bids farewell to his Navara without shedding a tear.  

The September issue of 4X4 Australia is in stores Thursday, August 3.

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