Latest Types Of Trucks In Australia
Trucks are quite popular in the land down under. In the rural regions of Australia, the average on-road sedan will not suffice for the job, be it traveling through terrain without roads or just lugging a load of bricks from hardware store to a building site. To tackle the problems at hand, auto manufacturers have created various utility vehicles, also called utes, for the Australian market and other regions where the terrain is rarely so gentle as to easily allow roads. And, while still largely the domain of tradesmen and other professionals, other Australians are getting in on the act. With this in mind, here are the latest models and types of trucks in Australia.
Ford of Australia’s offerings for the 2016 year in utes has been very well received by car reviewers. The 2016 Ford Ranger XLT is still standing above the competition, despite thorough redesigns from competing models. The flagship model for the Ranger line, the Wildtrak, has also gotten high marks. In 2016, Toyota came out with a wide range of utes worthy of rough terrain driving, or so they claim. The Hilux Workmate 4×4 was specifically designed with trade work in mind and has been received with high reviews.
The 2016 Hilux has likewise reviewed high reviews and has been described as an improvement over the previous designs. The latest Hilux SR5, while no longer the king of the ute hill, is still an impressive vehicle. Another popular model, the Volkswagen Amarok, has also been tested by reviewers through pretty brutal conditions in the famous Australian countryside, and while the 2016 model lacks a low range gearbox, some feel that the ute is doing all right without one. Another Japanese offering is the Nissan Navara. The 2016 model, Navara ST-X, attempts to combine the durability and power of a workhorse ute with comforts fit for weekenders. While the balance struck was less than ideal, it still received solid reviews.
The Mitsubishi Triton is another popular brand of ute across Australia. The 2016 Triton GLS model is an improvement over older Mitsubishi utes though it is oftentimes considered a somewhat inferior design to models such as the Amarok and Ranger. Some reviewers feel that Mitsubishi still has some ways to go before it can truly conquer the ute market. The Holden Colorado has also made a model this year, and while few will deny that it isn’t a solid ute, its performance stacked up against other leaders in the field has been somewhat lacking. Isuzu has also made a worthy effort to get into ute market with the Ute D-Max, which has some similarities to the Holden Colorado, but still lags behind in performance.
Mazda has also put forth a notable effort in the field of utes, the BT-50. Though the BT-50 is similar in design to the Ranger, it doesn’t sell quite as well due to subtle differences. Finally, there is the tried and true Toyota Landcruiser LC70. While it hasn’t seen any serious changes since 2007 and is more than a little outdated, it retains a reputation in ute circles.