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April 2011 RPM: Off-Road Truck News

Posted in News on April 1, 2011
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GMC All-Terrain: Welcome To The Game, Boys!
Up until now, GM fans have sat idly on the sidelines, watching as Ram has trotted out a Power Wagon, already in its second generation, and Ford, a Raptor. As we all know, these are two amazing factory-built pickups that challenge the boundaries of what a stock truck can be. Well, someone at GM has been listening and signed off on the GMC Sierra All-Terrain concept, which debuted in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January. The GMC All-Terrain neatly splits the difference between the 1/2-ton IFS Raptor and the 3/4-ton solid-axled Power Wagon. It is Power Wagon big, Raptor wide, and features long travel IFS. It also has what Dodge fans have been asking for years-a diesel. In addition to the 6.6L Duramax and Allison transmission, the GMC A-T has Fox Racing reservoir shocks, Light Racing JounceShocks, a shortened bed for an increased departure angle, three more inches of ground clearance, front and rear lockers and 35-inch BFGoodrich tires. Question is-are they going to build it? As of now, it's just a concept, but many of its features will make it into production, such as the next-generation head unit, and possibly the RamBox-like bed storage. A decision could be made on the complete package if the response is great enough.

Only a Few Days Left: A 2010 Jeep Rubicon for Two Bucks!
Just when you thought the economic sky was falling, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) steps up to the plate with the $2 Jeep Rubicon Stimulus Package. Each year, CA4WDC tricks out a brand new Jeep with everything a four wheeling junkie could dream of, and then raffles it away. And tickets are only two bucks. This year's Jeep, a '10 Rubicon, is fitted with a TeraFlex suspension, BFGoodrich tires on Pro Comp wheels, and a Warn 9.5ti winch with Master Pull winch line on a Body Armor bumper. The Rubicon also sports GenRight fenders, Tuffy Security console and PIAA lights. Because getting stuck happens, the Rubicon also comes with a Hi-Lift jack, ARB recovery gear and Staun deflators. Not enough? All these manufacturers also slapped some cool gear on as well: Bestop, Poly Performance, TowRite, Reid Racing, Sidekick, Smittybilt, Hood Lift, Kilby Enterprises, Daystar, Trent Fab, and 4-Wheel Parts.

Runner up prizes aren't bad, either: Second Place is an Atlas II transfer case; Third Place a Premier Power Welder; Fourth Place is an ARB Fridge Freezer; and Fifth Place is a Pull Pal. The winning ticket will be drawn February 26, 2011 at the CA4WDC convention in Visalia, California, and you need not be present to win. Net proceeds go directly towards the fight to keep our public lands open. Surf the web to or call 818/705-3930 for more info.

Heading to the Summit
Looking for some luxury with your Jeep? If so, you are in luck because Jeep just introduced a range-topping Grand Cherokee. The new Grand Cherokee Overland Summit is the most luxurious and comprehensively equipped Jeep vehicle ever produced. Sporting a unique front appearance, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee features Black Olive burl-wood trim blended into the instrument panel. The polished trim wraps into the upper panels of both the front and rear doors, surrounding passengers with the highest levels of craftsmanship. The wood trim is also used on the standard, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit has a Black lower and New Saddle upper interior trim color, along with saddle-color Nappa heated and ventilated leather seats-with perforated inserts, accent piping and unique stitching - and Berber floor mats with Black and Chestnut accent binding. Standard on the '11 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit is the Advanced Warning System and Adaptive Cruise Control group. The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit edition starts at $45,995, plus $780 destination, for 4x4 versions.

Better Than Skidplates
When your neighborhood is as tough as the trails you like to run, Land Rover has just the machine for you, the Land Rover Discover 4 Armoured. This European version of our LR4 has been upgraded with ballistic protection that meets the B6 standard. This means that the Armoured is capable of withstanding machine guns, dynamite, and hand grenades. All of this capability comes at a price, both in weight (now 7,800 pounds) and in price. We suppose you couldn't put a price tag on your life when you are at the business end of a machine gun. To manage the weight, Land Rover has installed bigger brakes, upgraded air suspension, heavy-duty wheels, and run-flat tires. The Armoured, with its 5.0L V-8, can still hit 60 mph in 10.5 seconds. Anyone interested in a ballistics shootout story?

Quick Hits
Rumor has it that Jeep is considering a diesel-powered Compass.

Missing the Lamborghini LM002 on the trail? We are hearing that Lambo wants to resurrect the performance SUV on the Audi Q5 platform.

It is officially official-the Jeep Wrangler will be getting the 3.6L Pentastar V-6 for 2012.

Trail Master Website
Performance Automotive Group wants you to know about its newly redesigned Trail Master suspension website. The upgraded site features easy navigation and access to the company's entire product line for GM, Dodge, Ford, Nissan, Jeep, and Toyota vehicles. Visitors to the site can easily find products listed by vehicle make and product categories, and now have the ability to download product information and installation instructions. The website also features large images and detailed product information, as well as a dealer locator and a smart search bar along with a page translator, quick links to the latest company and product news, videos and any other information that's available on the Performance Automotive Group's YouTube channel and blog. A bottom menu bar contains links to various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg and more. A chat room is available for those who want to connect with friends and PAG staff to discuss your latest off-road adventures or get feedback from the company's technical staff. Visit to check out the new improvements.

Legislative Notes
OHV and Land Use Update
A number of wilderness bills were introduced and considered in Congress during 2010. A U.S. Department of the Interior document released earlier this year indicated that the agency could designate 14 new or expanded national monuments covering 13 million acres in the western United States. Unlike wilderness designations, national monuments permit motorized recreation within their boundaries. However, closing off-highway vehicle (OHV) roads and trails can be an unintended byproduct of the designation. Targeted lands include popular OHV areas such as the San Rafael Swell and Cedar Mesa (Utah), Berryessa Snow Mountains and Bodie Hills (California), and parts of the Great Basin (Nevada). The SAN opposes unnecessarily restrictive land-use policies and has urged Congress, states, and local communities to take an active role in participating in land use decisions.

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