GoRV - Digital Magazine Issue #52 - Page 7

The Mars Ranger X is a compact , relatively light offroader with an obvious focus on outdoor living . We dropped its DO35 hitch onto our MU-X ’ s towbar and hit the freeway in search of a testing ground on Victoria ’ s Mornington Peninsula .
I had no issues with the weight of the Ranger X . With its Tare of 1600kg and ATM of 2200kg , it offers a reasonable payload capacity of 600kg , and its unladen ball weight of 180kg is manageable for most mid-size 4WDs .
I cruised at highway speeds without drama and , thanks to the van ’ s compact footprint , I found it easy to negotiate traffic on the open road as well as in built-up areas .
I poked my nose down a few unmade roads and hauled the van over some lumps and bumps – the independent trailing arm coil suspension did its job as expected , and the Ranger X ’ s low centre of gravity instilled some confidence , particularly when reversing the camper over some sharply scalloped sections of track . The Ranger X offers a 24.5-degree departure angle .
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