It has been rumoured for a while Jeep would soon have its own pickup, and here it is the 2017 Wrangler Pickup Review. No mention of how many body styles but this prototype is a 4 door cab – or is it 3 door? – with rather limited room in the rear. More details are to be available in a month or so, keep a watch for an update.
Thanks to GalleryBestView for this video review. Below are links to the latest Jeep Concepts
The video below is the Brute, an after market conversion by American Expedition Vehicles -AEV – who have been doing Jeep Wrangler Pickup conversions for near 20 years. They work closely with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles producing turn-key Jeep based pickups, and it is interesting to note that AEV, through the Jeep dealerships in New Zealand, now have the 4 door double cab pickup on sale with the 3.6 liter V6, 5 speed auto with part-time 4WD with low range ratio. The Rubicon version has a further reduction low range. Price is listed at NZD114,990 for the Sports, and $124,990 for the Rubicon version. Depending on exchange rate that’s around USD81,000 and $88,000 respectively. If the Brute is for business, which includes farming, forestry etc there is a goods tax refund of 15% off the purchase price which makes it a good buy considering where it can go and the options of what it can be used for.
Weighing an extra 830 pounds the performance with the V6 engine is nothing startling, and those big 35 inch tyres make it a handful to keep straight on a sealed road, but put it on a gravel road or go off road and its exceptional handling ability in these conditions make it a dream to drive. I guess this is a teaser by Jeep to judge how sales could go when they release their own Wrangler Pickup. Kiwis, Aussies and Americans all have the same truck interests, with especially double cab pickup sales having grown hugely in recent times in all 3 countries. The walk around video below of the AEV Brute with a 470 HP 6.4 liter V8 shows this to be some vehicle with a list of nice useful features as you will find out as you watch the video. AEV have a reputation to uphold and they obviously go the extra mile to ensure they maintain their level of quality. But will AEV be able to continue with these conversions once Jeep get into full production with their own pickup? This will be a wait and see scenario.
Very thoughtful list of standard features in this Brute, even a water tank within the bumper.
Special thanks to MikesCarInfo for the video, photos are screen prints from the videos. Thanks also to Wikipedia and Daily News Motor.