Large utes or cab-chassis have two-tonnes payload capacity and/or big-bore engines. It's a small segment of the Australian market, but watch this space.
ELECTRIC LANDCRUISERS FROM TWO MAKERS
Electric vehicles offer zero emissions for sensitive applications.
Many industries are interested in zero-pollution electric vehicles – particularly underground mining – and the ubiquitous LandCruiser ute is an obvious candidate for electrification.
FORD F SERIES IN RHD
The full Ford USA heavy range is available Down Under.
Harrison F-Trucks is offering the F-Series from the legendary F150, to the Superduty F250, F350, F450, and F550 models.
HSV CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500 RANGE
Another US-sourced large ute enters the fray.
Scheduled for release in mid-2018 the HSV-modified Chevrolet Silverado 2500 range comes with truck-diesel grunt.
IVECO DAILY 4X4
This is indeed a 'large ute'!
Brilliant off road credentials and more than twice the payload of a ute are generating good business for this capable machine. Updates in 2017 have refined what was already an excellent vehicle.
LHD UTE CONVERSIONS
North American utes are desirable, but expensive.
Converting a left hand drive North American pick up to RHD and ADR compliance isn't a cheap operation and some companies do a better job than others. One of the best is Sailstrip Ultimate Vehicles and we checked out this company's converted Ford 150 Raptor and Dodge Ram utes.
MERCEDES-BENZ G-WAGON PRO
This version of the G-Wagon family has a market success chance
The tray-back version of the G-Wagon was released in early 2017. Outback Travel Australia managed to get its hands on one of the pre-production vehicles for an exclusive report.
MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER 4X4
A van or cab/chassis alternative to 4WD utes
Mercedes-Benz Australia hasn’t realised the potential in the Sprinter 4x4 range. Our testing showed this vehicle has good bush credentials and is worthy of consideration by anyone wanting payload capacity and cargo volume in an off-road machine.
PERFORMAX-CONVERTED TOYOTA TUNDRA
The desirable Tundra is now available.
Performax, a major importer and converter of American vehicles for almost 25 years, has completed compliance engineering on the Tundra, allowing it to be registered in every State and Territory in Australia.
RAM 1500 UTE
The 2500 and 3500 models' smaller brother was released in mid-2018
The remanufactured RAM 2500 and 3500 RHD models have achieved success in Australia, and were joined by the lighter-duty 1500 version in mid-2018. A petrol V8 is the standard offering and a three-litre diesel option is coming.
RAM 2500 IS A REAL UTE
Many people want a large towing ute and the Cummins-powered Ram can do the job
The Ram has been Cummins-powered since 1989. It's taken nearly 30 years to make it Down Under as RHD-converted ute, but the wait has been worth it..
RENAULT MASTER 4X4 IS COMING
The poorly-promoted Sprinter 4x4 may get some competition
Renault LCV is evaluating the Master 4x4 van and cab/chassis for Australian release.
TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 70 SERIES
The market leader in this top-spec' segment - updated January 2018.
The Toyota LandCruiser has been the Australian bush’s favourite workhorse since Leslie Thiess (later Sir Leslie) introduced the first Land Cruisers to Australia in the 1970s. Evolution, not revolution, is the name of the game, but the 70 Series has now become much more complex..