There are a large number of 4 X 4 alternatives on the market these days, it definitely shows the shift in attitudes towards them over the past decade or so. Before sales boom of the 1990s nearly all four-wheel-drive vehicles were considered adequate transport for those who worked in the countryside or possesses large land that must be traversed on a regular basis. Sociological change occurred when the apparent connection between the owner of much land and material wealth finally amounts to desirable middle class. Before you knew it, everyone who's above average driving 4x4s and wearing a vest jacket and Wellington boots, even if they are just in the supermarket.
This left the company, which produced 4 x 4 vehicles with significant dilemma; whether they retain rough and ready features of previous models, or they used to plough ahead with developing their cars to luxury cars, mirroring the actual desires of their customers? Not particularly difficult to answer this question, and 4 X 4 has suddenly changed from a purely practical tools as needed, for the ultimate road middle class status symbol.
Land Rover and Jeep, both with long associations with the automotive world leaders of this evolution in the 4 X 4 driving. The Land Rover appeared to be intended exclusively for the middle class, where as the jeep was stoic in production models, which were still suitable for dirt tracks.
To this day one of the best car I've ever driven was Used Jeep Wrangler, which is a model that is provided exclusively to off-road driving car worthy objectives. It is debatable whether the image is 4 X 4 reverts in a pastoral existence remains to be seen, but now it is a car that is a prestige, wealth and good taste.
Pete Ridgard (J) – writer and car enthusiast. Currently he writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses the cars Jeep, is used .