Don't let the name fool you — you don't need to be on the front lines battling Vietcong to drive the Starwood Full Metal Jacket Jeep ($107,000). But we're willing to bet it would be just as at home on the battlefield as it is on the toughest friendly terrain. This heavily-customized Jeep Wrangler features a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower, letting it get from zero to 60 in 8.4 seconds (not bad for something this big). A fully-upgraded suspension and lift kit, LED light bars all around, and kevlar panels on the interior and exterior make it one bad ride.
Ahead of the official release of their upcoming GLA Class, Mercedes has announced a limited edition run of the 2014 Mercedes GLA Edition 1 ($TBA). While under the skin it's basically the same (a turbocharged two-liter, four-cylinder engine with 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque), on the surface it gets a different treatment unique to this preview model. It sports blacked out mirrors, trim, and headlights, and a set of 19-inch wheels, with a very limited five paint options. Inside it gets all-brown leather upholstery with beige inserts, stainless steel control surfaces, an aluminum-trimmed instrument panel, and a three-spoke steering wheel. Unfortunately, it won't be available in the USA, but if anyone wants to send us one, we wouldn't complain.
While the current-generation Range Rovers have all the serious off-road capabilities you'd expect, the majority of these sleek SUVs will never leave the pavement. So why not make them even more luxurious and presidential. As it's name implies, the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long Wheelbase ($TBA) is a slightly stretched edition with a longer wheelbase (not seen from Land Rover in about 20 years) that gives you (or your kids, boss, or king) lots of room to spread out. With seats that recline 17 degrees, side door blinds, a panoramic sunroof, lots of storage, massive 22-inch wheels, and an immaculately appointed interior, there's few other SUVs that offer more. Available this March.
The monster luxury SUV you've all been waiting for is finally here, and the 2015 Cadillac Escalade ($TBA) is better than ever. Under the roof you'll find an interior wrapped in leather and wood from front to back, a quieter ride due to a stronger body structure, sound dampening, and Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology. Under the hood a 420 horsepower 460 lb-ft torque 6.2-liter V8 pushes both the two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants, while variable-assist power steering and cylinder deactivation help it get more miles between fill-ups. The dash is also crammed with tech — a 12.3-inch digital gauge display and an eight-inch center screen connect you with the car, using touch and gesture recognition, proximity sensors, and voice recognition. Choose between standard, luxury, and premium models to add 22-inch wheels, driver awareness technology, and a driver assist package.
So you've got your beach house — and a great little boat at the end of your pier for jetting around the water — now what you really need is a Moke International ($TBA) for cruising on land. If you've spent any measure of time in a beach town, you may have run across one of its older siblings, but this model is brand new, and ready for modern roads. Choose between a gasoline-powered four-cylinder version, or a completely-electric version. They come in a number of colors, including orange, red, green, yellow, blue, white, and of course, black.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class ($TBA) isn't your average grocery-getter — sure, this crossover SUV is fit for the roads, but it's also a pretty capable off-road adventurer. Powered by a turbocharged two-liter, four-cylinder engine producing a healthy 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, it'll overtake drivers on the highway and get you comfortably to your mountain getaway (thanks in-part to 4-Matic all-wheel drive). Its striking design features give the GLA a powerful look without sacrificing aerodynamics. Inside, a flexible cargo-area and rear-folding seats give you plenty of room for skis and backpacks, or a whole-lot of toilet paper from Costco.
The genre-defying Infiniti Q30 Concept ($TBA) at once combines the aggressive appearance of a coupe, the spaciousness of a hatch, and the posture of a crossover. Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, details on the power plant remain scant — though we hope its horsepower and torque matches its sporty-yet-outdoorsy look. Its image communicates the carmakers' desire to produce something that will appeal to the car-purchase-averse younger set (though, as an Infiniti, its price tag may put it out of the buying range of most of that demo). Regardless, it represents an exciting direction for the often-innovative Hong Kong-based company.
Built from a Ford E350 van, the Sportsmobile Ultimate Adventure Vehicle ($80,000) gives you everything you need for an outdoor off road adventure with all the comforts of a recreational vehicle. A pop-up style sleeper camper and a spacious interior with a fully-equipped kitchen makes for a great living space. Four-wheel drive, improved axles, shocks, brakes, and a 46 gallon fuel tank help you get to remote campsites like no RV can. Options include propane, water, and electric systems powered by solar panels or generators. Equip yours with Hella rally lights, winches, tool kits, and brush guards to make it a serious expedition vehicle.
Take charge of your summer travels, go, and stay anywhere in the 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Troopy ($TBA). This rare Land Cruiser is based on the troop carrier edition, and features a Westfalia type pop-top camper, so it can sleep up to four people. A 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine powers four wheels through a four-speed transmission with a low-crawler first gear, making it an uncommon camper that can actually go off-road. Additional features include skinny mud tires, a worm-gear winch, an awning, an Alpine stereo, dual water tanks, a propane tank, and two fuel tanks.
Since seeing the scene in The Spy Who Loved Me when Roger Moore's Lotus Esprit turned into a submarine, we've dreamed of our own amphibious car. And, even though it's no submersible, the Watercar Panther ($135,000) is the next best thing — a car that's comfortable on the land and the water. At a weight of 3,000 pounds, and sporting a 3.7 liter V-6 VTEC Honda engine, it's capable of land speeds of 80-plus mph. A waterproof fiberglass hull and water jet engine lets it do over 40 on the water. Not to mention it's a capable off road vehicle. That's enough to make even 007 jealous.
If you've been wishing for Ford to turn the Raptor SVT into a more competent people carrier, your wish has been granted — just not by Ford. The Hennessey VelociRaptor SUV ($TBA) takes the four-door version of the off-road truck and turns it into a beastly SUV, with optional upgrades like third-row seating, a supercharger, Brembo brakes, upgraded tires and wheels, and security and armoring systems. As you might imagine, they're not making many of these things, so if your interest is piqued, you'd best get ahold of the company ASAP.
For those of you that aren't down with Roman numerals, LXV stands for 65. As in, 65 years of Land Rover. In celebration of this milestone, the venerable 4x4 maker is releasing the Land Rover Defender LXV Special Edition ($TBA). Based on the standard Defender, it features a 2.2L diesel engine, 6-speed manual transmission, 16-inch Sawtooth alloy wheels, and a black or white paint job with a contrasting gray roof, grille, headlight surround, and fascia. Inside, you'll find leather seats with LXV embossed on the headrests and orange contrast stitching. No word yet on a stateside release.