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All-New Scout EV Moves One Step Closer to Reality

Volkswagen has pulled the curtain back just a little further on its ambitious stand-alone EV SUV brand, Scout Motors. The revival of the venerable nameplate by Germany’s largest auto manufacturer was something of a bomb-shell earlier this year. According to VW, they intend to reveal more information about the electric off-roader in early 2023, with…

SEMA Gear of 2022

Smartop Truck Bed Covers Smartop Platform (originally from South Africa) secured the runner-up award for the Best New Van/Pickup/SUV product as a first-time attendee and newcomer to the US market. This truck bed cover is made from aluminum with built-in anchoring T-slots that can hold up to 550 pounds. You can secure jerry cans and…

Lexus Brings the Overland Magic to SEMA 2022

There’s no doubt that Toyota is getting excited about overlanding. This year’s 2022 SEMA show included real-world-proven Toyota builds from Expedition Overland and Patriot Campers featured front and center in one of the largest booths on the show floor. Toyota also unveiled the Trailhunter, a new dedicated overland effort, along with their accessory program to…

VW Taos and Atlas Basecamp Concepts

VW Features Adventure Concepts at SEMA 2022

The awkwardly named Specialty Equipment Market Association is holding its annual bash in Las Vegas. It is one of the largest showcases of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories on the planet, which is why we generally eschew its full title for the shorter and instantly recognizable, SEMA. However, SEMA isn’t just for the aftermarket any…

Toyota Tundra Now Available with a TRD 3-inch Lift Kit

There was a time when most manufacturers refused to offer lift kits for their off-road-based vehicles. A suspension lift is, however, one of the most common and desirable modifications, and for decades, drivers have been relying on the aftermarket industry to provide these suspension kits. The problem with user-selected lift kits is that they all…

Jeep, Ram, and Dodge Brands Dominate SEMA Awards

The Dodge, Jeep, and Ram brands have earned top honors at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, beating the competition thanks to votes from show exhibitors who had the honor of choosing the top trend-setting vehicles that represent the best business opportunities in the automotive aftermarket. The SEMA awards were…

The Ram 1500 Backcountry X Concept Is All Work and All Play

Debuting this week at SEMA, the attractive and practical Ram Backcountry X Concept is designed with crossover appeal for a driver who needs both a week-long work truck and an off-the-clock adventure machine. We predict this vehicle will likely be a massive hit in the overland market. Before focusing on the ingenious load system, let’s…

Overland News of the Week

Special Edition Beast28 Helium Ultralight Frame Pack I remember backpacking with my first frame pack 30 years ago. It weighed almost more than the sum of its contents, was extremely cumbersome, and I would almost topple over when hoisting it onto my back. Granted, I may have packed too much stuff, but the Beast28 Helium…

Topher Richwhite and Bridget Thackwray, Expedition Earth

New Zealand Overlanders Detained in Iran Released

Topher Richwhite and Bridget Thackwray, known as Expedition Earth, disappeared in July along with their Jeep Gladiator shortly after they arrived in Iran on an around-the-world expedition. Very little is known about the circumstances of their detention, but as Reuters and other outlets have reported, the couple were released earlier this week. New Zealand’s Prime…

Vote for the Defender Service Awards Finalists

Land Rover, inspired by selfless and passionate acts of service across the US and Canada, launched the second annual Defender Service Awards to celebrate charitable organizations’ positive impact on their local communities. The premium 4WD vehicle brand is donating a custom-outfitted Defender 130 SUV to five organizations to help further their philanthropic efforts in honor…

Charlottamiles are Back on the Road in a 1990 Vanagon Westfalia Syncro

It’s always comforting when I come across other overlanders mad enough to choose the Vanagon Syncro as their around-the-world rig. It might just be something about strength in numbers… or breakdowns. I’ve interviewed a number of these fools and featured stunning expedition-ready examples from Guanabana Overland and Alika Vaquer. If you’re interested in my personal…

2023 Ram 2500 HD Rebel :: Better than a Power Wagon?

Move over Ford F-250 Tremor, there’s a new rebel in town. I’m talking about the 2023 Ram 2500 HD Rebel, the latest off-road focused full-size truck to hit the dirt. Looking a lot like a Power Wagon with its crew cab and six-foot, four-inch box, black rocker panels and fender flares, the Rebel comes out…

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