Automotive

Gallery: Geneva's camper vans, 4WD wagons, super SUVs and other vehicles for modern adventurers

Gallery: Geneva's camper vans,...
There are plenty of adventurous buggies, wagons, SUVs and more at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
There are plenty of adventurous buggies, wagons, SUVs and more at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
View 87 Images
Perhaps not the first model you would think of as an "adventure vehicle," but the all-new Hyundai Nexo keeps the mountain air cleaner around you while offering the possibility of using its hydrogen fuel cell as an off-grid generator
1/87
Perhaps not the first model you would think of as an "adventure vehicle," but the all-new Hyundai Nexo keeps the mountain air cleaner around you while offering the possibility of using its hydrogen fuel cell as an off-grid generator
The Nexo has received a slew of improvements over the outgoing Tucson Fuel Cell, many of which should appeal to road trippers and other adventurers: more than 100 miles (161 km) of extra range for 370 miles (595 km) total, tested performance in extreme temperatures and at altitude, and autonomous technologies
2/87
The Nexo has received a slew of improvements over the outgoing Tucson Fuel Cell, many of which should appeal to road trippers and other adventurers: more than 100 miles (161 km) of extra range for 370 miles (595 km) total, tested performance in extreme temperatures and at altitude, and autonomous technologies
The Hyundai Nexo debuted at CES 2018 before appearing here in Geneva
3/87
The Hyundai Nexo debuted at CES 2018 before appearing here in Geneva
Hyundai Nexo at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
4/87
Hyundai Nexo at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
A successor to the Kahn Land Rover Defender 6x6, the Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier from sibling company Chelsea Truck Company is a three-axle, nine-seat Defender dressed in a fancy new set of clothes
5/87
A successor to the Kahn Land Rover Defender 6x6, the Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier from sibling company Chelsea Truck Company is a three-axle, nine-seat Defender dressed in a fancy new set of clothes
Chelsea's 6x6 Civilian  is definitely one of the longer debuts of the show, stretching about 35 in (88 cm) beyond the length of the Land Rover Defender that serves as its base
6/87
Chelsea's 6x6 Civilian  is definitely one of the longer debuts of the show, stretching about 35 in (88 cm) beyond the length of the Land Rover Defender that serves as its base
World premiere of the Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier
7/87
World premiere of the Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier
Another greener SUV for road trips and off-road adventures, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a hybrid 4WD with 2.4-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors
8/87
Another greener SUV for road trips and off-road adventures, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a hybrid 4WD with 2.4-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors
A look at the Outlander PHEV underpinnings
9/87
A look at the Outlander PHEV underpinnings
Mitsubishi upgrades the Outlander PHEV with improved output, new Snow and Sport driving modes, a larger 2.4-liter engine, and interior and exterior updates
10/87
Mitsubishi upgrades the Outlander PHEV with improved output, new Snow and Sport driving modes, a larger 2.4-liter engine, and interior and exterior updates
Mitsubishi debuts the refreshed 2019 Outlander PHEV
11/87
Mitsubishi debuts the refreshed 2019 Outlander PHEV
Kyburz turns its eRod electric roadster into an electric dune buggy 
12/87
Kyburz turns its eRod electric roadster into an electric dune buggy 
The Kyburz eRod offroad makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
13/87
The Kyburz eRod offroad makes its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Kyburz has added burly off-road tires and long-travel suspension to help the eRod manage rough terrain
14/87
Kyburz has added burly off-road tires and long-travel suspension to help the eRod manage rough terrain
A look inside the Kyburz eRod offroad
15/87
A look inside the Kyburz eRod offroad
Some Jeep heritage on show in the Fiat-Chrylser section of the show
16/87
Some Jeep heritage on show in the Fiat-Chrylser section of the show
The all-new Jeep Wrangler makes its European debut in Geneva
17/87
The all-new Jeep Wrangler makes its European debut in Geneva
The Jeep Wrangler looking ready to ride in Geneva
18/87
The Jeep Wrangler looking ready to ride in Geneva
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
19/87
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
An option for eco-conscious adventurers and explorers, the 240-mile (386-km)-range Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover
20/87
An option for eco-conscious adventurers and explorers, the 240-mile (386-km)-range Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover
World premiere of Jaguar's production I-Pace
21/87
World premiere of Jaguar's production I-Pace
Electric powertrains are helping to make SUVs exciting on road and off; the I-Pace can hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds before sharp-turning off the pavement and using its AWD motor configuration to claw through the dirt
22/87
Electric powertrains are helping to make SUVs exciting on road and off; the I-Pace can hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds before sharp-turning off the pavement and using its AWD motor configuration to claw through the dirt
Jaguar has gone for distinctive styling somewhere between an SUV, coupe, sedan and small hatchback
23/87
Jaguar has gone for distinctive styling somewhere between an SUV, coupe, sedan and small hatchback
BMW debuts the new-generation X4 "sports activity coupe"
24/87
BMW debuts the new-generation X4 "sports activity coupe"
To help highlight the X4's standard xDrive all-wheel drive, BMW took a trip from Munich, over the Swiss Alps, and into Geneva prior to the official premiere at the show
25/87
To help highlight the X4's standard xDrive all-wheel drive, BMW took a trip from Munich, over the Swiss Alps, and into Geneva prior to the official premiere at the show
BMW X4 world premiere in Geneva
26/87
BMW X4 world premiere in Geneva
The new X4 loses about 110 lb (50 kg) and enjoys a lower center of gravity than its predecessor
27/87
The new X4 loses about 110 lb (50 kg) and enjoys a lower center of gravity than its predecessor
BMW X4
28/87
BMW X4
This one has "adventure" right in its name - Brabus shows its Mercedes 550 Adventure 4x4 Squared
29/87
This one has "adventure" right in its name - Brabus shows its Mercedes 550 Adventure 4x4 Squared
Another Brabus Mercedes G-Class tune, the Brabus 900 "One of Ten"
30/87
Another Brabus Mercedes G-Class tune, the Brabus 900 "One of Ten"
Brabus 900 One of Ten
31/87
Brabus 900 One of Ten
Inside the Brabus 900 One of Ten
32/87
Inside the Brabus 900 One of Ten
Inside the Brabus 900 One of Ten
33/87
Inside the Brabus 900 One of Ten
Brabus 900 One of Ten
34/87
Brabus 900 One of Ten
Porsche combines its Panamera Sport Turismo and Mission E electric into the all road-ready, all-electric Mission E Cross Turismo concept
35/87
Porsche combines its Panamera Sport Turismo and Mission E electric into the all road-ready, all-electric Mission E Cross Turismo concept
Electric powertrains make all-road wagons a little more exciting on the asphalt: the Mission E Cross Turismo has an estimated 3.5-second 0-62 mph, though bikes or kayaks mounted on the roof might slow it down considerably
36/87
Electric powertrains make all-road wagons a little more exciting on the asphalt: the Mission E Cross Turismo has an estimated 3.5-second 0-62 mph, though bikes or kayaks mounted on the roof might slow it down considerably
The Mission E Cross Turismo is powered by a two-motor electric powertrain that puts out up to 600 hp
37/87
The Mission E Cross Turismo is powered by a two-motor electric powertrain that puts out up to 600 hp
After revealing the new Urus SUV in December, Lamborghini puts it on show at the Geneva Motor Show
38/87
After revealing the new Urus SUV in December, Lamborghini puts it on show at the Geneva Motor Show
The Lamborghini Urus is one of the members of the growing "super SUV" club 
39/87
The Lamborghini Urus is one of the members of the growing "super SUV" club 
With its 641-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, the Lamborghini Urus can shoot from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and top out at 190 mph (305 km/h)
40/87
With its 641-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, the Lamborghini Urus can shoot from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and top out at 190 mph (305 km/h)
The Urus includes four-wheel steering and 4WD with torque vectoring 
41/87
The Urus includes four-wheel steering and 4WD with torque vectoring 
Have fun on all types of road and terrain with the new Lamborghini Urus
42/87
Have fun on all types of road and terrain with the new Lamborghini Urus
The Bentley Bentayga is another of the world's super SUVs, and now it's a little cleaner with the addition of a plug-in hybrid option
43/87
The Bentley Bentayga is another of the world's super SUVs, and now it's a little cleaner with the addition of a plug-in hybrid option
The Bentayga Hybrid has a 3.0-liter turbo V6 and electric motor. It can drive up to 31 miles (50 km) on electric power alone
44/87
The Bentayga Hybrid has a 3.0-liter turbo V6 and electric motor. It can drive up to 31 miles (50 km) on electric power alone
The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid might run lean and clean, but it's still as luxurious as any Bentley
45/87
The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid might run lean and clean, but it's still as luxurious as any Bentley
Chelsea Truck Company Jeep Wrangler Black Hawk
46/87
Chelsea Truck Company Jeep Wrangler Black Hawk
Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier
47/87
Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier
Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier
48/87
Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier
There wasn't much information available about the Espera Sbarro school 4 x 4 + 2 concept, but it definitely looks like a fun-loving adventure vehicle
49/87
There wasn't much information available about the Espera Sbarro school 4 x 4 + 2 concept, but it definitely looks like a fun-loving adventure vehicle
Espera Sparro school 4 x 4 + 2
50/87
Espera Sparro school 4 x 4 + 2
With the Outback, Subaru is already a leader in AWD adventure wagons. It shows a more powerful, muscular look with the Viziv Concept Tourer
51/87
With the Outback, Subaru is already a leader in AWD adventure wagons. It shows a more powerful, muscular look with the Viziv Concept Tourer
The Subaru Viziv Concept Tourer looks like a WRX-inspired rally wagon we'd like to see on road and trail
52/87
The Subaru Viziv Concept Tourer looks like a WRX-inspired rally wagon we'd like to see on road and trail
The Viziv Tourer is more of a design concept without much technical detail, but Subaru does mention a boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD
53/87
The Viziv Tourer is more of a design concept without much technical detail, but Subaru does mention a boxer engine and Symmetrical AWD
SsangYong shows a off-road-ready version of its new Musso pickup
54/87
SsangYong shows a off-road-ready version of its new Musso pickup
SsangYong Musso pickup truck European debut
55/87
SsangYong Musso pickup truck European debut
Okay, maybe not the fastest or most thrilling vehicle, but the E-Moke is a pretty ideal way of cruising breezy islands
56/87
Okay, maybe not the fastest or most thrilling vehicle, but the E-Moke is a pretty ideal way of cruising breezy islands
Citroën shows the SpaceTourer Rip Curl camper van concept
57/87
Citroën shows the SpaceTourer Rip Curl camper van concept
Peugeot debuts the Rifter 4x4 camper van concept
58/87
Possibly the vehicle that exudes adventure better than any other Geneva showing, the Peugeot Rifter 4x4 features a fold-out roof-top tent, a Peugeot electric mountain bike on the back, LED off-road lighting and a Dangel 4WD system
59/87
Possibly the vehicle that exudes adventure better than any other Geneva showing, the Peugeot Rifter 4x4 features a fold-out roof-top tent, a Peugeot electric mountain bike on the back, LED off-road lighting and a Dangel 4WD system
A fun-loving multipurpose vehicle, the Kite concept from IED and Hyundai
60/87
A fun-loving multipurpose vehicle, the Kite concept from IED and Hyundai
Hyundai collaborated with the Istituto Europeo di Design school in Turin to create the Kite, a concept electric dune buggy/jet ski
61/87
Hyundai collaborated with the Istituto Europeo di Design school in Turin to create the Kite, a concept electric dune buggy/jet ski
We wouldn't have expected a design study like the Kite to physically change between buggy and jet ski modes, but we would have hoped for a rendering of how the jet ski looks. We didn't see one in Geneva or in Hyundai's/IED's materials
62/87
We wouldn't have expected a design study like the Kite to physically change between buggy and jet ski modes, but we would have hoped for a rendering of how the jet ski looks. We didn't see one in Geneva or in Hyundai's/IED's materials
The all-new Mercedes-AMG G 63
63/87
The all-new Mercedes-AMG G 63
Now that Volkswagen is officially building the I.D. Buzz, we look forward to seeing retro-style camper vans powered by cutting edge electric drive technology
64/87
Now that Volkswagen is officially building the I.D. Buzz, we look forward to seeing retro-style camper vans powered by cutting edge electric drive technology
Volkswagen's Multivan 70 Jahre wears a similar dual-tone color scheme as the I.D. Buzz, albeit a bit less neon yellow, a little more gold
65/87
Volkswagen's Multivan 70 Jahre wears a similar dual-tone color scheme as the I.D. Buzz, albeit a bit less neon yellow, a little more gold
Volkswagen shows the I.D. Buzz with the rest of the I.D. electric concept family
66/87
Volkswagen shows the I.D. Buzz with the rest of the I.D. electric concept family
VW Passat GTE Variant
67/87
VW Passat GTE Variant
The updated Mazda6 Wagon: one of many sporty estates on show in Geneva
68/87
The updated Mazda6 Wagon: one of many sporty estates on show in Geneva
Volvo shows off the all-new V60
69/87
Volvo shows off the all-new V60
We've thought the Volvo V90 one of the best-looking estates out there since the newest version debuted in 2016, and the V60 brings those looks into a smaller package and price point
70/87
We've thought the Volvo V90 one of the best-looking estates out there since the newest version debuted in 2016, and the V60 brings those looks into a smaller package and price point
Volvo offers a selection of gas, diesel and hybrid options for the V60
71/87
Volvo offers a selection of gas, diesel and hybrid options for the V60
The Volvo V60 will be a capable people/cargo hauler, but it'll really get its adventure stripes if/when the Cross Country variant debuts
72/87
The Volvo V60 will be a capable people/cargo hauler, but it'll really get its adventure stripes if/when the Cross Country variant debuts
A look inside the Volvo V60 wagon
73/87
A look inside the Volvo V60 wagon
Citroën reveals the all-new Berlingo van
74/87
Citroën reveals the all-new Berlingo van
With the Peugeot Rifter 4x4 and Citroën SpaceTourer Rip Curl concepts just steps away, our minds naturally wandered to a camper van based on the new Berlingo, even if just a light, simple overnighter
75/87
With the Peugeot Rifter 4x4 and Citroën SpaceTourer Rip Curl concepts just steps away, our minds naturally wandered to a camper van based on the new Berlingo, even if just a light, simple overnighter
Citroën's SpaceTourer Rip Curl is a compact 4x4 camper van concept perfect for chasing waves
76/87
Citroën's SpaceTourer Rip Curl is a compact 4x4 camper van concept perfect for chasing waves
Another look for the new Berlingo
77/87
Another look for the new Berlingo
Peugeot Rifter 4x4 concept
78/87
Peugeot Rifter 4x4 concept
The Rifter 4x4 concept helps celebrate the arrival of the new Peugeot Rifter van, the Citroën Berlingo's counterpart 
79/87
The Rifter 4x4 concept helps celebrate the arrival of the new Peugeot Rifter van, the Citroën Berlingo's counterpart 
Peugeot debuts the all-new Rifter
80/87
Peugeot debuts the all-new Rifter
Peugeot Rifter in "Allure" trim
81/87
Peugeot Rifter in "Allure" trim
Jaguar XF Sportbrake 25D R-Sport AWD
82/87
Jaguar XF Sportbrake 25D R-Sport AWD
Citroën C4 Cactus
83/87
Citroën C4 Cactus
The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo may be just a concept, but Porsche does offer a high-performance line-up of estates with the Panamera Sport Turismo
84/87
The Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo may be just a concept, but Porsche does offer a high-performance line-up of estates with the Panamera Sport Turismo
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
85/87
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Volvo V60 looking good in blue
86/87
Volvo V60 looking good in blue
There are plenty of adventurous buggies, wagons, SUVs and more at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
87/87
There are plenty of adventurous buggies, wagons, SUVs and more at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
View gallery - 87 images

The Geneva Motor Show has more than its fair share of heart rate-spiking 200+ mph hypercars and track racers. But it also has a number of vehicles for thrill-seekers of a different stripe, those who look to carry friends and gear into the great outdoors and explore trails, rivers, mountains and more. Also, there's a little something for those who just want to wander roads and tracks with no particular destination at all. Adventurous vehicles can be found in big, center-stage world premieres and mixed in rather discreetly among smaller booths.

We've long covered the outdoor and automotive industries independently, but we've watched them converge together more and more in recent years. On the outdoor side, auto-reliant activities like van life and vehicle-based camping have jumped in prominence, cars, trucks and SUVs serving as both shuttle and mobile basecamps. On the automotive side, automakers continually woo the young and adventurous with the likes of sporty small crossovers and AWD wagons, advertising worlds of hard-charging outdoor recreation opened up by that essential new vehicle.

World premiere of the Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier
World premiere of the Chelsea Truck Company Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civilian Carrier

The Geneva Motor Show definitely sees a continuation of the trend, hosting plenty of concept and production vehicles aimed at urban-dwelling weekend wilderness warriors and full-time van-living nomads. Some of these vehicles can even deliver a fast, exhilarating ride to the trailhead. Whether it's a high-riding performance estate you're after, a mini, maneuverable 4x4 camper van, or a maxi, not-as-maneuverable 6x6 Land Rover, Geneva has it on the floor, and we have it in our gallery.

View gallery - 87 images
1 comment
ljaques
I love the Viziv. Sharp looking and practical, once the dark tinting plastic is removed from the windows. // The Kite makes me want to wear a visor with tear-off clear sheets so I could remove the sand, mud, and water thrown up by the desert/dirt road/street. // The super SUVs make me yawn. // I like the concept of the Outlander but the exterior makes me sleepy. As a retired mechanic, I just adore those body-less running frames, or "underpinnings". More! // The Kyburz erad looks like a heap of fun and trouble. VBG // Brabus black ext/white int, WTH? // Hundai, get back to us on the actual sales of the fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen infrastructure.