|Land Cruiser 70 wagon, one of the final five with beam axles front and rear.|
• Jeep Wrangler
• Land Rover Defender
• Mercedes-Benz G-Class
• Nissan Patrol
• Suzuki Jimny
• Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series
I know die-hards will be tut-tutting along with me at the small choice, and grimly predicting that the writing is on the wall. This may well be; the next Patrol we get is all-independent and the next Defender almost certainly will be. However, the decline has hardly been recent. I went back 15 years and found the New Zealand market was offering only seven all-beam wagons, just one more than today! The list then comprised the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover Discovery, the Range Rover, Nissan Patrol, Suzuki Samurai and Toyota Land Cruiser 80. Everything else was fitted with the flavour of the day, independent front suspension with a beam axle at the back, usually on coils but with some holdouts still on leaf springs.
Mercedes G-Class, (right) which is now part of the company's lineup. Great to see the group grow by one!
|Nothing stops a good beamer. Most of the time.|