Off-Roading

Overland Expo creating new, ultimate off-road-ready Toyota SUV, Honda motorcycle builds

The two ultimate off-roading vehicles are currently being prepped for their August debut.

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If you're a DIY adventure travel enthusiast, you're probably familiar with Overland Expo. The company puts together numerous events across the country each year that bring together the best of the overloading industry from vehicles to equipment to experts and more.

With sunny days filled with more expo events ahead as COVID-19 looks even further away in the rearview mirror, Overland Expo's staff has worked with two automakers to create unique builds befitting the spirit of Overland Expo events. The first is the Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build, which is based on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road. The other is based on a 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT and called the Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build.

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build: Before

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build

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The Toyota 4Runner TRD-Off Road 4x4 comes standard with a 4.0-liter V6 engine, 9.6 inches of ground clearance, a standard factory-installed locking rear differential, and crawl Control — among other features. It also has a large number of off-roading and overloading accessories available, making it a perfect platform for this build.

The transformation of the vehicle has just begun. Over the next few months, MULE Expedition Outfitters and several aftermarket parts suppliers, including ARB 4x4 Accessories, CBI Offroad, Alu-Cab, Prinsu Design, Firestone Tires, Mayhem Wheels, 7P Overland, ALP Generators, REDARC, KC- Adventure Further, OK4WD, MagnaFlow, Garmin, Westin, Superwinch, Wagan Tech, TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication, XPLOR, Radflo, Atlantic British /Clearview USA, Dometic, QuietKat, and Midland Radio, will work to add parts to fine tune the model into the Ultimate Overland Vehicle.

The finished Ultimate Overland Vehicle Build will be revealed on August 27th at Overland Expo Mountain West in Loveland, Colorado.

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build

Overland Expo's Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build: Before

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Overland Expo's first Ultimate Overland Motorcycle Build is based on the 2021 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES DCT, which has been finished in Darkness Black Metallic - a new colorway for the 2021 model year. Together, Honda and Overland Expo will work to transform the motorcycle over the coming months utilizing a variety of suppliers including Outback Motortek, Jesse Luggage, Denali Electronics, Garmin, Wolfman Luggage, Heidenau Tires, KonTour Seats, and Superwinch.

Like the Toyota, the Honda will be revealed on August 27th at Overland Expo Mountain West.

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New electric SUV

Honda teases its first EV

The Prologue will go on sale as a 2024 model.

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Honda is nearing the unveiling of its first electric vehicle, the Prologue, and today the automaker gave us our first glimps of the new vehicle. It's just a sketch, but Honda did share some production details and information on its product roadmap.

Honda DealerHonda plans to sell half a million EVs by the end of the decade. Honda

Honda says the Prologue will be an adventure-ready SUV "capable of satisfying everyday driving and weekend getaways with a strong hint of the well-received Honda e in the front fascia." The SUV was developed in Honda's Design Studio in Los Angeles, and was designed with an eye on Honda's global EV models. Honda said it focused on aerodynamics and fine-tuning the body to reducelines and improve range.

The Japanese automaker developed the Prologue alongside GM, but it has other EVs coming to market by 2026. By 2030, Honda says it will release 30 new EVs globally with a production volume of two million units. The co-developed vehicle is the first, but the rest will be built on Honda e:Architecture. In 2027, the automaker will begin building and selling a line of affordable EVs using the architecture developed with General Motors. Honda says it plans to sell half a million EVs in North America by the end of hte decade.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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