Most Exciting 4×4’s Coming In 2015

With the advance of in car technology, 4x4s are now seen as the perfect way to spend your money wisely, thanks to all the car you get for the price you pay. In this post we will show you some of the best 4x4s coming to market in 2015.

With more and more people deciding to trade in their hatchbacks or saloon cars for a 4×4 this time of the year, as roads get a little harder to navigate, mostly down to snow, ice, wet and slippery roads, not to mention the odd bad driver, put all this together and owning a 4×4 has never been more appealing. With that in mind, below are some of the best 4x4s we think are coming to the UK this year.

Ford Edge

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Price: £28,000 (est)

This vehicle is Fords answer to the highly popular Audi Q5 and comes with with a choice of two diesel engines. This vehicle is expected to be on sale in the UK later this year, and is expected to undercut the likes of the Q5, XC60 and the Touareg – meaning this vehicle will more than likely be on sale for around £28,000.

The Edge is loaded with technology, and so it should be with the hefty price tag, but the stand out tech being that this car will be able to park itself, by being able to carry out maneuvers such as parallel and perpendicular parking – meaning you won’t have to worry about you ending up on YouTube as one of the worst parkers in the world. It is worth noting however that this vehicle will only be launched in the UK as four-wheel drive. This may change in the future.

Mazda CX-3

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Price: £15,000 (est)

Say hello to the Mazda CX-3, a new SUV that has been designed to appeal to modern 4×4’s such as the Nissan Juke. This vehicle is expected to hit showrooms in April.

The CX-3 will be offered with a 2.0 petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The petrol engines should be producing around 118bhp and 163bhp and the diesel is expected to produce 104bhp. Depending on what you prefer, the CX-3 will be offered in the UK as a 2wd or 4wd, however the all wheel drive system features torque vectoring, the same traction control system that you get in the Mazda CX-5.

Volvo XC90

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Price: Starting at £45,785 (Est)

This new Volvo is expected to blow the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X5 in the the weeds, however it does come with the heavy price tag of £45,785. So, with that price tag, what does it come with and is it worth it?

The exterior of this vehicle boasts metal surrounds on the windows, front spoiler and grille, and some eye catching 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. The interior will feature sports seats that give the most delightful hugs, illuminated door sills and much more.

This vehicle will be offered to the public with several different powertrains, including a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid that will be capable of returning you an outstanding 100mpg, depending on how you drive of course. There is a range topping engine available, that produces 394bhp, just shy of the Audi RS4. Volvo are also going to offer the choice of two other diesel engines – both four-cylinder units that will be badged D4 and D5. The latter produces 222bhp and 347lb ft of torque, and is only available as a four-wheel drive, this engine should return you economy stats of around 47mpg. Entry-level cars will get the 187bhp D4 engine, with 295lb ft of torque, these are front wheel drive only and should achieve up to 56mpg. This vehicle is expected to be on sale around May time.

Mercedes GLE Coupe 2015

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Price: £60,000+ (est)

As you’ve probably already seen, this vehicles was showcased at the Detroit Motor Show, and is Mercedes’ answer to BMW’s X6. It is expected to launch in June.

This vehicle is the typical sporty SUV that will no doubt we a hit with the people of Cheshire, this is thanks to it’s sporty appeal on the outside and in. This vehicle has been given sportier suspension and even the gear ratios have been altered to give you more of a sporty feel. You have 5 different driving styles to choose from, including Individual, Comfort, slippery, Sport and Sport+. 4 wheel drive will be standard on this vehicle.

Now lets have a look at what engines are available. The GLE Coupe includes one diesel and two petrol models. The nine-speed – that’s right 9-speed – tronic automatic transmission, comes with with four-wheel drive. The top of the range model of this vehicle is the GLE 450 AMG, this one is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, that produces around 362bhp and 383lb ft of torque. The predicted best seller is the GLE 350d. This one as you’ve probably guessed is the diesel model, and comes with an astonishing 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, producing 254bhp and 457lb ft of torque. This will make it ideal for towing along your caravan in the summer.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi

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Price: £29,000 (est)

This is now the third generation of the Kia Sorento, and it just keeps on getting better and better. The new model will include freshened-up styling, steering tweaks and improvements to the chassis. This vehicle also comes with Kia’s superb 7 year warranty.

The Kia Sorento will now have a more appealing interior as well, offering comfortable leather seats, and a stylish dashboard. Why’s it stylish? I’m glad you asked, you get a 8.0 inch touch screen which is easy to navigate and all the other little gadgets this car has to offer are easy to find and use, such as the cabin heating controls.

The Sorento available in the United Kingdom will only come with a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing around 200bhp and 325lb ft of torque.

There you have it, these are 5 of the many 4×4’s, we are looking forward to seeing this year. Of course given the cost, these are by no means every man vehicles, so the much more affordable and tried and tested options such as the Hilux, L200 and Navara are where our love lies (especially as off roaders) but we do love seeing the latest developments in the industry! If we have missed any of the list, please make sure to leave your opinion on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Which one are you most looking forward to this year?

‘Rip-Off’ Range Rover To Sell For 14K!

The LandWind X7 has to be one of the most talked about vehicles to be revealed at the Guangzhou Motor Show, and we can only think back to that infamous Top Gear episode when Jeremy Clarkson and James May tested all of the cheap knock off’s of well known vehicles.

But, can you really complain when the LandWind will be on sale for just £14,000, much cheaper than the £40,000+ Range Rover Evoque. As you can see from the images below, the X7 strikes a remarkably strong resemblance to the superb Range Rover Evoque, which will surely make it a steal to all those that want an Evoque but simply can’t afford their price tag.

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The X7 has decent quality leather seats, and appears to have been made mostly out of plastic, not bad for saving weight I guess. However, despite the strong appearance, the LandWind scored a brilliantly poor zero when it took on the EURO NCAP safety rating test.

The engine in this 4×4 is a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, delivering around 188bhp. This vehicle can either come with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

As you can imagine, Land Rover are not happy about their car being took for a ride, and Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive of Land Rover has said he will be complaining to Chinese officials over the X7.

We want your opinion on this, would you buy one over the Evoque? Have your say on our social profiles, which can be seen below.

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2015 Toyota Hilux Special Edition

So, offical specs have been released for the new Toyota Hilux that will arrive in 2015. There are 3 different models of the well renowned 4×4 and in this post we will go through some of the main specifications the new indestructible beast now boasts.

First up, the cheaper of the 3 options available, it’s called the Double Cab Edge and is the only natural two wheel drive version of the three available.

Engine Specs: The Edge is fitted with a Turbo-charged 3.0L, 4 cylinder, Double Overhead Cam (DOHC).

  • Power – 169bhp at 3600rpm
  • Torque – 343Nm between 1400 – 3400rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 76L

Transmission: This model is only available as a Manual.

  • 5-speed manual transmission.
  • Rear Limited Slip Differential (LSD).
  • Drive Type – Rear Wheel Drive (RWD).

Safety: This car hasn’t currently been through the European NCAP rating but did score 4 out of 5 stars in the Australian version of NCAP called ANCAP.

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The second version of the Hilux special editions is called the TRD Sportivo and boasts a 4 wheel drive system compared to the 2WD system of the Edge.

Engine Specs: The TRD Sportivo is equipped with a 3.0L, 4 cylinder, 16 valve DOHC with common rail injection.

  • Power – 169bhp at 3600rpm
  • Torque – Manual 343Nm at 1400-3400rpm, Auto 360 at 1400-3200rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 76L

Transmission: The TRD Sportivo is available as an Automatic and Manual.

Automatic –

  • 5-speed super electronically controlled Automatic Transmission (ECT) with Artificial Intelligence and lock-up torque converter.
  • Part-time 4WD.
  • Front Automatic Disconnecting Differential (ADD).
  • Rear Standard Differential.

Manual – 

  • 5-speed manual transmission.
  • Part-time 4WD.
  • Front Automatic Disconnecting Differential.
  • Rear Standard Differential.

Safety: The TRD Sportivo hasn’t currently been through the European NCAP rating but did score 5 out of 5 stars in the Australian version of NCAP called ANCAP.

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The third and final option of the 3 is called the TRD/SR5. This model comes with a 4WD system and a petrol engine.

Engine Specs: The SR5 is equipped with a 4.0L, 6 cylinder, 24 valve Quad cam.

  • Power – 169bhp at 3600rpm
  • Torque – Manual 343Nm at 1400-3400rpm, Auto 360 at 1400-3200rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity – 76L

Transmission: The TRD Sportivo is available as an Automatic and Manual.

Automatic –

  • 5-speed super electronically controlled Automatic Transmission (ECT) with Artificial Intelligence and lock-up torque converter.
  • Part-time 4WD.
  • Front Automatic Disconnecting Differential (ADD).
  • Rear Standard Differential.

Safety: Just like the previous 2 models, the TRD/SR5 is yet to be tested the European NCAP rating but did score 5 out of 5 stars in the Australian version of NCAP called ANCAP.

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Special Edition Colours

  • Hilux EDGE is only available in Glacier White, Charcoal Grey, Ink and Velocity Red.
  • TRD Hilux is available in Velocity Red, Glacier White and Ink.
  • Hilux TRD Sportivo is available in Glacier White and Eclipse.

An image with the available colours can be seen below;

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Price: The price has yet to be announced for the UK.

If you need any parts for your current Toyota Hilux, make sure you click here!

A Guide To Buying A 4×4

a-guide-to-buying-a-4x4So, you’re thinking of becoming a true 4×4 enthusiast like ourselves, and are wanting to take your vehicle to places you thought unimaginable on 4 wheels? In this post we will help you buy the right 4×4 for your needs, whether you are looking for a 4×4 to feel safer in the snow, on a school run or are truly looking to go off roading at every given chance. This post will help you!

4×4 Buying Guide

1) First things first, ensure you buy a 4×4 for your needs and if so, what are you looking to accomplish with it, are you looking for a 4×4 to feel safer on public roads or are you wanting to dominate the off road terrain in your local area and on foreign lands? Deciding between these two will narrow your choice down quite dramatically, not all 4×4’s are built for off roading. Deciding between these two will narrow your choice down quite dramatically, not all 4×4’s are built for off roading.

2) So, now you have narrowed down your choices, a good thing to do would be to check out forums and reviews dedicated to the vehicle, this way you will learn much more about the common faults and what to look for when going to buy the vehicle itself.

3) As with any vehicle manufacturer, prices for new parts vary quite considerably, if bought from the manufacturer. This is something you need to take into account when you buy your 4×4, would you be able to afford a new set of brake pads for a Porsche cayenne which can range from £200+, where as a set of new front brake pads and discs for a Toyota Hilux would cost a total of £50 from ourselves. That’s a huge difference! Therefore a simple research of how much parts will cost you, could save you thousands in the long run.

4) So, you have now found the vehicle you believe could be the one to buy, one thing to do before even stepping out of your house to view it, is to run a vehicle check, this will give you any details of previous crashes and so on, as long it had been declared to the insurance companies. Of course, if it is a CAT C or CAT D this shouldn’t put you off too much as long as the vehicle had been fully repaired by a professional, but it is something to be wary of. If, you’re buying a used 4×4 there is a good chance it’s picked up some knocks in its lifetime. If not, what were they doing with it in the first place?

5) If the vehicle checks out after you have ran a vehicle check, then ask the owner or the garage if it would be possible to take the car on a test drive on road and off road if possible. This way you will be able to see just how it handles on road and copes off of it. Many people have brought 4x4s in the past and have been fine on public roads, but the second they are shown some gravel, sand, mud and so on they seem to crumble and become just as useful as a 2WD hatchback. Being able to test a car off road may not always be possible, so if you know someone with the same car as what you are after, ask them how they get on in all terrains.

6) Now that you have taken the vehicle out for a quick spin, it’s time to dig deeper, if the car is used it would be a good idea to get under the car and look for any rust, botch jobs (amateur repairs) see how much of the car is original, check the mileage is the same as on the ad, check tyres and so on. Basically the ball is in your court, after all you have the cash.

7) If you don’t know what you are looking for, and you are trying to become an avid 4×4 enthusiast, there’s a good chance you will know a mechanic, if so take them with you to look at the vehicle and they will be able to inspect it for you, giving you a verdict on what they think and how much you should offer.

8) Now that your mechanic has told you what he thinks of the vehicle and if he recommends you buy it, its now time to try and knock down the price, your earlier inspection should also help you with this. This can also be applied if you are paying cash at a dealership, if they can make a quick sale and still make profit you will get the vehicle for cheaper than what it says on the forecourt.

9) By this stage you should have struck a deal with the person/company selling the vehicle and it is now time to take the vehicle out and about to get used to it, spruce it up or keep it how it is, that part is up to you, but remember if you ever need new parts, you know who to call.

Any vehicle purchase is a big step, it’s a financial commitment and also affects you in your everyday life, so you need to be sure you’re making the right decision, and we hope that these steps will help you along your way, and if you ever need any more help, head on over to our Facebook page which is always full of 4×4 lovers deep in discussion!

4×4 Brake Pads

When it comes to off roading, and all forms of motoring, being able to stop is one of the most important parts of the journey. If you can’t stop, because your current brake pads or discs on your 4×4 have been worn out, then you’re soon going to be in a terrible accident, potentially injuring yourself and others around you. Even if you don’t necessarily believe that your brakes are in a poor condition, they could be on their last legs, and at the very least they could fail you your MOT and at the worst cause unspeakable damage.

However you can prevent this from happening to yourself with the wide array of 4×4 brake pads and discs available at Milner Off Road. Our 4×4 brake pads will ensure you are getting the best stopping power available to your 4×4, giving you ultimate confidence in the corners when on the road and of course on the trails when you are out off roading with your buddies.

To see our wide array of 4×4 brake pads and discs, simply go on to the Milner Off Road website and select your make and model of your vehicle and click on the brakes category, to get yourself some of the best 4×4 stopping power available on the market today.

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4×4 Racing G+ Community

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Hi there Milner Fans! We have recently decided to start a community on Google+ for everything 4×4 and racing related. As you are all 4×4 fans coming to our website, we thought this we be a perfect platform for us all to engage with each other, and well have a good time really.

On this Google+ page you can share with us and other members photos of your 4×4’s, videos, racing news, your own 4×4 racing experiences, and pretty much anything 4×4 related! We hope this new page will allow you all to interact and anyone is welcome to join and post.

To wrap it up we all hope you have a great time in this community. The page can be found here – https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111174714921142712632

The Milner LRM-1

milner lrm-1Most of you have already probably seen the Milner LRM-1 or have probably at least heard of it. Well if not, here you go. The Milner LRM-1 is our very own off road race car, that features the looks of the Range Rover Evoque, but has something rather special under the hood, that makes this car, a kind of one off.

This vehicle is a true thoroughbred, using parts and technologies from some of the best known brands in Motorsport, allowing this machine to compete at the very highest level.

Under the hood of this vehicle is a muscular Land Rover 5.0 V8 supercharged engine, that produces around 550BHP and 680Nm of torque, and teamed with a transmission is a 6 speed sequential gear box, means this sure can shift on any terrain.

To find out more about our other off road racing vehicles please visit – https://www.milneroffroadracing.co.uk/

The Mighty Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6

Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6Well we were right, we did spot the big Mercedes on the trailer for the new Top Gear series and it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint. Richard Hammond had the opportunity to test this beast in whats considered petrol head heaven, Abu Dhabi.

With many head turning motors from Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s all the way to hyper car luxury of the Bugatti Veyron, there’s many cars that can turn heads, but as Richard showed there is nothing quite like the G63 6×6, this car is so striking he got pulled over by a police officer driving a Lamborghini I might add, just so he could have a further look at the big Mercedes.

Now this vehicle is so big, that it can wade through a metre of water, as was proven in what looked to be a water park, full of families having a good time. I bet the last thing they thought they would see that day was a vehicle driving through the pool, and with ease.

The 6×6 unsurprisingly was able to take on anything the desert threw at it, including what seemed to be a vertical drop down a sand dune. There is even over head buttons so you can re-inflate the tyres after a good drive on the sand.

We could go on and on about this vehicle, but if you didn’t get to watch the show last night, I highly recommend you watch it, as there was also a beautiful Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, that could make any one quiver with it’s fantastic exhaust note.

Brand New Milner Exhausts

Milner complete exhaust kitEver since we entered the 4×4 scene in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the 1980’s, we have always been trading other brands for highly popular Japanese 4×4’s, however, we have now decided to enter the market with our very own brand of 4×4 parts.

To kick off this new venture, we have developed a brand new exhaust system, which has been made to OE spec, and has been designed so no modifications have to be made prior to fitting, which is a major boost for anyone looking to replace their old exhaust. The new Milner exhausts have been professionally welded and come with all the brackets in place so you can bolt your new system straight on to your vehicle without any trouble.

We have also opted to bring out a ‘complete kit’, which means no messing around and comes with all the parts required to do the job in hand. This kit includes bolts, gaskets and hanging rubbers.

However, if you aren’t looking to purchase a full exhaust system, We are now able to offer our own extensive range of catalytic replacement (de-cat) pipes.

If you would like to find out more about our new exhaust systems, then please give us a call today on 01629 734 411.

The beloved 4×4 Fiat Panda is back!

Fiat LogoThe new Panda has seen this vehicle grew up from its spotty teen years, and has come of age, to be one of the best all rounders on the market today, boasting improvements such as a roomier cabin and more equipment than its predecessor.

Thanks to this cars 4×4 all weather ability, combined with nimbleness and and satisfying efficiency this vehicle definitely appeals to the every day town commuter to the avid 4×4 enthusiast. Thanks to this vehicles 85bhp engine, combined with a 6 speed gearbox, this vehicle is able to to hit the 0-62 mph mark in just over 12 seconds, and hit a top speed of 104 mph, that may not pin you back to your seat, but it certainly is more than enough on our roads. You are also able to achieve around 58mpg depending on how you choose to drive this vehicle.

The equipment you get as standard is also quite impressive, this car features an electric differential locking device, hill hold capability which is a huge bonus for any car to have, alloy wheels, Bluetooth and controls on the steering wheel, start and stop, central locking plus much more make this vehicle very appealing and with a low insurance bracket, decent running costs compared to its rivals, and costing just over £15,000 you really can’t go far wrong, if you are looking for a grown up, yet cheerful every day 4×4. It’s not going to be something that you’re ploughing around off roading in any time soon, but despite the amount of stick the Panda gets from some, we think that this car strikes a nice, gentle balance between 4×4 passion and sensible everyday drive ability. Any owners of the new Panda, let us know what you think, and if you’ve had the guts to take it off the road, be sure to send us some pictures and we will post them for you!