ICON has mastered the art of vintage looks and modern drive. The Thriftmaster was inspired by the 1947-53 Chevy 3100 five window classic pick up but of course it features all new guts under the sheet metal. A fuel injected supercharged aluminum emissions equipped V8, ABS four wheel disc brakes, Bison hide seating, navigation, et cetera.
Hummer may be long gone but for fans of super-sized, luxury American SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade is still going strong. The 2015 model is huge and square and trimmed in chrome. Inside it’s all leather and touchscreens. But lest you think this big rig is getting all futuristic, the new 420 HP V8 still boasts an old-school 14 MPG.
The guys at Brabus have the best jobs. They get to design & build life-size Hot Wheels cars and the budget is never in question. They were all laughing when they rolled this 6-wheeled monstrosity out at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The B63S is an insanely overbuilt version of the G63 6X6 that features heaps of carbon fiber, 40 cows worth of leather inside, and a 5.5-liter V8 that pumps out 700 horses.
After 30 years, MB is killing production of the soft-top version of its longest-running model, the G Wagen. In a limited run of 200 vehicles, the torquey, 388–horse, V8 ‘Final Edition’ Cabriolet will wave farewell to its legions of fans, and not surprisingly, most of these little monsters have already been scooped up through pre-order.
With its 5.7-liter Hemi V8, the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 is one big, bad truck. And in this new Black Empress Edition you can get that murdered-out, triple-black stealth look right off the dealer lot. It’s de-badged, sitting on 20-inch rims, and boasts a towing capacity of nearly 10,000 lbs.
It may not look like a Jeep Cherokee but hey, change is good. Embrace it. This fall, the totally re-designed 2014 Cherokee will arrive at your local dealer in 4 trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited, & the top of the line, off-road ready Trailhawk (shown) with engine options ranging from the Tigershark 2.4-liter four-cylinder up to a 3.2-liter V6.
At 65, the Land Rover Defender is officially a Senior Citizen, but clearly not ready to retire (thank you, Land Rover). This new LXV Special Edition is based on the original Defender hardtop and features a 2.2-liter Diesel, a 6-speed stick, a black on gray color scheme & some LXV birthday logos.
Via Motors is an American carmaker that specializes in custom electric vehicles, mainly turning popular full-size GM cars & trucks into long-range plug-in electrics. Their latest, the 2013 Chevy Silverado-based X-Truck just debuted at the Detroit auto show last week. The truck has been heavily modified inside and out with beefed-up and mean looking body panels, bumpers, and suspension, while achieving the fuel economy of a Prius.
Named for one of the gnarliest 4X4 trails in the Sierras, Jeep’s Wrangler Rubicon turns 10 this year. The 10th Anniversary Edition Ruby features an extra 2 inches of clearance, & a winch-capable bumper up front. It also comes stock with taller, meatier BFG tires, a vented hood & red leather interior. It’ll be available in 2- & 4-door versions this Spring.
Even love-blind Jeep aficionados have to admit that the new Grand Cherokee is a far cry from the rugged, wood-paneled Jeep big-rigs of yore: More Kia Sorento than CJ’s big bro. Finally though, Jeep has decided to toughen up the GC. The new Trailhawk Edition gets Quadra-lift air suspension, a sporty graphics package, aluminum 18s, and all the front-end chrome replaced with matte gray trim. V6 or V8, your choice.