Monday, August 13, 2012

Jeep Pickup?

Chrysler execs have said they are considering producing a Wrangler pickup truck. Given that a new Jeep Wrangler is tentatively scheduled for a 2015 launch, we may only be a couple of years away from seeing that. Pictured above is the Gladiator concept that Jeep previewed at select car shows a couple of years ago. That is one sweet looking truck. While you are at it, Chrysler execs, please consider doing one with a diesel engine.

If you want a Jeep pickup now, there are two ways to get that dream realized. The first way requires you to have your own two-door Jeep Wrangler. Then you can head to your favorite Jeep dealer and order the Mopar JK8 kit to convert your Wrangler to a pickup. The kit costs $5,499 and does not include assembly. The final product is quite striking, although I find the bed too small to be really useful:

But my favorite way to get a Jeep pickup in 2012 is The Brute from American Expedition Vehicles. They are taking the four-door Wrangler Unlimited and converting it to a crew-cab pickup. Pricing has not been released yet, but production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. This would be my choice for a pickup truck:

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