EarthCruiser Unveils New EXP, FX Expedition Vehicles With V8 Power
28 November 2019 - motor1
Living areas are updated with more storage space and extra features, too.
Some big changes are coming for new EarthCruiser models. The noted manufacturer of off-road expedition vehicles has new EXP and FX models with powertrains featuring 6.0-liter V8 engines, Allison transmissions, in-house-designed running gear, and revised interiors with more space and functionality.
"We have made some significant changes to the Fuso FE gasoline platform, and put it through rigorous testing to ensure we have the most capable, safest product available," said EarthCruiser Founder Lance Gillies. "We made the decision to spec our own drivetrain to give us full control over final drive ratios, transfer case reduction gears, wheel and tire compatibility, locking differentials, and braking systems.
Citing changing emission standards in many markets regarding diesel engines, the new EarthCruisers will use a GM-sourced Vortec V8 good for 297 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 361 pound-feet (489 Newton-meters) of torque. It connects to an Allison 1000 transmission that routes power to a new four-wheel-drive system of EarthCruiser design. A two-speed transfer case further controls power for low-speed 4WD crawling, or the new models can zip down paved roads in two-wheel-drive.
Dyna Trac provides full floating axles with universal axle lengths for the front and rear, and 37-inch Toyo tires are mounted at the corners. Further helping performance is a new roof design that cuts 150 pounds from the weight while lowering the vehicles' center of gravity.
The Fuso-based expedition vehicles also see several upgrades in the living area. Storage space is increased, and a new slide-out external kitchen is available for outdoor cooking. Entry into the bathroom is redesigned to be more ergonomic while offering extra privacy, and a new grey water recycling system uses three different carbon filters, a UV filter, and its own hot water tank. 84 gallons of fresh water storage and up 720 Amp hours of lithium power storage help the EXP and FX take extended off-grid vacations. More people can enjoy the adventure as well, with dual-cab trucks able to sleep five adults or four adults and two children.
EarthCruiser says the new 2020 EXP and FX models are now available for order, with prices starting at $350,000