Among the glitz and glam of the newest sports cars at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) were the mighty 4x4s that dwarfed them. Whether horsepower, off-road capabilities, or distinctive appearance is your aim, there’s something for everyone to love. Here are five that stood out for one reason or another, plus a gallery if you crave more.
Equipped with Ford’s turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 Ecoboost, the Raptor has a snarling 450 horsepower and plenty of grunt with 510-lb-ft of torque. It also has rock crawling abilities, but this supertruck is built with multiple off-road mode options. Terrain mode pulls hard through even the roughest countryside, and mud and sand mode slows throttle response and turns on the rear differential locker, which is perfect for crawling out of mud pits or deep snow. Rock crawl mode locks the rear and engages low range, while Baja mode keeps the turbos spooled, the transmission in high range and alters the throttle response for high-flying ambitions.
RAM 1500 Rebel TRX
It’s a fresh concept that RAM deems worthy of the “Off-Road King” label, and after seeing the Rebel TRX at the NAIAS, we agree. This purpose-built pre-runner truck would be the most powerful factory-produced half-ton pickup in existence, if RAM actually does make our dreams come true by putting it into production. The two full-size spare tires mounted in the truck’s bed mirrors the beginnings of a truck that’s ready for the Baja 500, as does the 13-inches of wheel travel. Built with a hardcore off-road suspension and powered by Mopar’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi, this rig can handle the harshest terrains at speeds of over 100-mph.
Jeep Wrangler CJ66
For the hardcore wheeler looking for a factory rock crawler, the CJ66 concept would come out on top, if Jeep decides to send it into production. It’s built with a plethora of Jeep components, including a TJ frame and 10th Anniversary JK Rubicon bumper kits. The body is modeled after the 1966 CJ Universal Tuxedo Park body. We had to take several minutes revel in all of its glory. The oversized fender flares, custom roll cage, under armor and rock rails practically dare you to make that climb, and you would take that dare because the 5.7-liter Hemi, six-speed manual transmission, and pair of loaded Dana 44 axles have your back. If worst comes to worst, the Warn winch is a solid backup plan. Other notable features include Dodge Viper seats with harnesses and the two-way air system, which takes the hassle out of airing the tires up and down for varying conditions.
The Toyota 4Runner caters to those who desire a high level of off-road capability teamed with maneuverability through trails, and enough space to pack for a couple weeks worth of camping. The four-wheel-drive option is a choice base for every explorer’s dream rig. Toyota’s Crawl Control feature assists with overcoming challenging obstacles by regulating engine and braking force with five different settings. Meanwhile, an optional Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System promotes extended wheel travel for optimal control and stability. Too tired to set up camp after an adventure-filled day? No problem, there’s plenty of room to crash in the back.
VLF is known for taking unique attributes from production vehicles to incorporate their own unique styling. The X-Series resembles a giant mustard-yellow adult-sized hot wheels toy, except this one runs on its own power sourced from a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The chassis and drivetrain are based on the Colorado, but the behemoth Hummer H2 is what inspired the exaggerated box-like figure, if you couldn’t tell. The X-Series is not just a concept car: VLF plans to bring it into production at the Auburn Hills, Michigan plant.
Still want to see more? Take a look at the gallery below!