If you're tired of the current trend of crossover SUVs and yearn for something a bit classier, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee ($TBA) is the vehicle for you. Aggressive styling and a scalloped design pairs with a flex-fuel "Phoenix" V6 with variable valve timing and 280 horses, a 33% bump over the previous model (a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is also available). For the purists among you, rest easy: the GC is still suitable for off-roading. With a stiffened structure and a new powertrain, you'll be able to pick up the kids from school and go mudding on the way home.
To mark the 30th anniversary of the first G-Class, Mercedes has introduced a new hardcore model to conquer any terrain in Swat team style. With optional off-road packages, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition30.Pur can be equipped with all-terrain tires on 16" aluminum wheels, flexible wheel arch flaring, protective grilles for the headlamps and lights, a large roofrack with ladder, a towing lug at the front and a two-section rear door. Inside is a load compartment with a wooden floor, an auxiliary heater and A/C, gray-and-black plaid or man-made leather seats, rubber floor coverings, spray-protected controls, and drains in the footwells. [via]
The A4 gets a little more go-anywhere with the 2010 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro ($TBA; Summer 09). The new wagon features Quattro permanent all-wheel drive, increased ground clearance, and a reinforced underbody, letting you cruise the backroads like you do main street. Three engine options will be available at launch — a gasoline engine and two diesels, all turbocharged. Choose from a 211-hp 2.0-liter TFSI, 170-hp 2.0-liter TDI or 240-hp 3.0-liter TDI in six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. [via]