When we think of off-roading, we initially think of rough men, mud and sand everywhere and smoking, roaring engines. Yet this branch of sport cannot escape the transition either. While many manufacturers are already thinking hard about fully electric off-road vehicles, we are hitting the trails with three plug-in hybrids.
‘The last iron eater’, was the headline two years ago when we dived into the terrain with the then new Jeep Wrangler, a Suzuki Jimny and a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. After all, ever stricter environmental requirements would hang over serious off-roaders like a sword of Damocles, we feared at the time. Fortunately, that sword seems to hang more firmly than we thought, because the once unthinkable is now happening; electrification is no longer a taboo among these types of cars. Scrubbing in mountains and forests can already be much less polluting, but how nice is it to (partly) electrically remove slopes and fords? To experience that, we return to that field of three years …
Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.
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