OK, the scenario is as following:
It is 1996 and 4WD vehicles are no longer just anything for the military or rally drivers. The SUV segment is booming and while there is still mostly traditional offroaders on the market, there is cars showing up that is more and more passenger car like. And since Mr. Average is getting interested in the segment for the first time in history, Trafikjournalen is going to do a comparision between a great deal of all the cars on the market that has some kind of offroad ambitions.
That means that almost everything will be of interest. Lifted wagons like the Outback, softroaders like the RAV4, more traditional SUVs like the Cherokee, fun small offroaders like the Samurai, luxo barges like the Range Rover or heavy duty workhorses like the Patrol, I guess you get it. What’s not of interest though are just “regular” cars with AWD. To draw a line, A6 Quattro, Legacy or V70 AWD type of cars = no. Allroad, Outback or XC70 = yes. On the other end, pure military beasts like a Volvo C303 is too much for this test, so keep it quite civilized, if you are confused about your particular car, just ask.
The cars will be getting an in depth review by Trafikjournalen, and even though there will be a rating of the cars, there really will not be a competition where it is all about winning, since it is a bunch of different cars stacked against each other. Also, everything will be judged, offroad performance will just be a part of it, so no, you will not get a high rating by building a monstertruck that mashes your kidneys in the slightest bumps, gulps 35 litres per 100 km and turns into a deathtrap if you need to turn at anything faster than walking speed.
The rules will be quite simple since, as I said, I want some diversity.
Fuel type premium unleaded (lead was banned in Sweden in the 90s and finding anything above 95 octane on the taps could still be a hassle).
3-way catalytic converter and at least one muffler (again, the law).
No limited production/racing parts (we are not testing exotics now!)
No strict PU/ET or price limits, but a high purchase price will of course not benefit how the car is rated as value for money is important. Also, unrealistic engineering gives me the right to instabin cars. I will not be too strict, but don’t come with a transverse 60 valve V12, luxury interior in a Suzuki Samurai competitor or drum brakes up front and vented discs in the rear. Obvious extreme minmaxing or quality slider abuse will also result in an instabin. Once again, if you are unsure about things, just ask.
At least two rows of seats (jump seats in the second row can be allowed IF it seems realistic in the actual vehicle, don’t put them in anything like a Suburban!). Also, we are testing passenger cars here, so NO pickup truck bodies are allowed, regardless of seat count. Yes, crew cab pickups may have been used extensively as family cars in other countries in 1996, but in Sweden they were not. Van bodies are allowed as long as they have at least two rows of seats and side windows for all the seat rows.
Trim year has to be 1996. Model year and engine family/variant can be 1996 or any year earlier.
“None” safety not allowed, has to be at least basic 70s. Since it will be judged it might be a great idea to go higher than that.
4WD or AWD required (obviously)
The deadline will be friday the 8th of january, 3 PM GMT. I prefer the cars being sent to me via PM and not Discord. The model name should be “4WD-Username”, the trim name should be the brand and name of your car. The engine family name “4WD-Username” and the variant name should be the brand and name of your engine.