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Posted by AKjeep on 2007/5/10 15:07:13 (23382) reads

Chrysler Groups Skunkworks has put together a sweet truck built on the Wrangler Unlimited platform. Seemed like it was only a matter of time. It is complete with flat paint, painted steel rims, and a 3" lift. You can check out the rest of it from this MotorTrend.com blog or this Autoblog.com post.

"Chrysler's Skunkwerks is really nothing more than a bunch of folks who use their spare time to make the kinds of vehicles they'd really like to build. That makes them just like a lot of us -- except that they have the full resources of Chrysler to pull from. One of their latest creations is the Jeep Wrangler JT, which is the Jeep pickup we've all been dreaming of. Built on a Wrangler Unlimited platform, keeps the Wrangler's engine and suspension, and adds a 5-foot bed, a 3-inch lift, a winch, and 35-inch tires. It will be making an appearance at SEMA later this year."

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ScramblerKen
Posted: 2007/5/21 20:04  Updated: 2007/5/21 20:04
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I still like the AEV Brute better, but heck, this is not that bad. I do find it interesting that the wheel base on the new Wrangler 4-door is the same as the Brute.

I think like many of you have said, this is not bad, but needs a little work. For me:

1) Diesel option. With the price of gas, and to be competitive with other small trucks, I think this is a must.

2) How come the spare tire is not hanging off of the tail gate?

3) Speaking of the tail gate, how about making it a combo drop down and swing gate. Best of both worlds.

4) Needs a sliding back window.

5) Opera or some side windows. I fear you have a bit of a blind spot on the sides.

6) Roll bar with driving light up on top.

7) Cover over the pickup bed.

8) Side rails - that belt line looks odd.

Will they build it? Maybe. At least it is based on a current production model, so that helps. My guess is 2009 might be a good time to have this. The Commander is likly to disappear in 2009, and there are rumors the Compass (not the Patriot) could disappear in 2009 as well.

Maybe they will have this beast available for viewing at Camp Jeep this summer.

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Jeepin
Posted: 2007/5/14 13:03  Updated: 2007/5/14 13:03
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The paint may be tan (supposedly "Hearing Aid Beige"), but it's glossy, not flat or even matte finish.

It would be pretty easy for Jeep to build this for us... if they wanted to -- they've already got all the parts in production (with the possible exception of the halfcab). The body is one they developed for military use by Egypt and Columbia (basically a 2-dr Unlimited tub), they just put it on a regular Unlimited chassis (the mil-spec trucks get a lengthened chassis with rear leaf springs and D60 rear axles).

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Renegade
Posted: 2007/5/13 15:01  Updated: 2007/5/13 15:01
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I completely agree with Rubicon.

Well, it's not the Gladiator, which I absolutely love. However, I think that if they made this it would sell well enough to justify a heavy-duty Gladiator version like Rubicon mentioned.

Still, I'd buy it.

The quesiton is: will they build it? I don't think they will simply because they never build the no-brainers. Nice to look at though...

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desertbuzz
Posted: 2007/5/14 2:51  Updated: 2007/5/14 2:51
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they never build the no-brainers


Yeah! Instead they go build us crap like the Compass & call it a Jeep and try hard as hell to sell it.... Go figure.

If I was boss, I'd hire you all ... then we're talking!!

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snakesausa
Posted: 2007/5/13 0:35  Updated: 2007/5/13 0:39
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I really do not like the execution of this. It is the wrong color, the interior is gray and the exterior is beige. I "paint shopped" this and gave it a new color raised the bed rails and added some aluminum wheels. It really does look good when it is messaged. I also made an extended cab version and called it "TJE". The main mistake that Jeep makes every time that they try to revive the Scrambler is that they do not raise the bed rails to make it balanced.

JT_red

JTE_Red

Snake

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desertbuzz
Posted: 2007/5/13 3:52  Updated: 2007/5/13 3:52
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Snake,

Great job... spot on comments, especially about the proportions (raised bed rails).

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GoNsnow
Posted: 2007/5/12 19:06  Updated: 2007/5/12 19:06
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I do like it, but need the 4-door Unlimited. I guess it would be good to have the capability to turn the unlimited into a pickup though. If I only had an unlimited supply of $Money$.

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xjken99
Posted: 2007/5/12 16:57  Updated: 2007/5/12 16:57
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It's not the Gladitor, but it beats the h#ll out of the pickup they currently build.

I'm bettin this thing is for military export and not the general public.

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PGHJEEP
Posted: 2007/5/11 14:59  Updated: 2007/5/11 14:59
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Yes! Another tease from Jeep.

I have kicked myself everyday, multiple times, for selling my Scrambler back in 2000.

Jeep, make this one happen, please! Put it into production and I will order one the day orders are accepted.

This is the nicest Jeep to come out, concept or production, since the original Rubicon and the Dakar. And in my opinion, nicer and more useful then the current Wrangler Unlimited.

And if nothing else, take a queue from all the excitment over a Jeep pick-up and give us a short bed/cab version of the Unlimited. That should be a real easy one to produce. But would still rather have the JT.

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MrE
Posted: 2007/5/11 13:53  Updated: 2007/5/11 13:53
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This is the Jeep I have been waiting for since I was old enough to afford to buy the vehicle of my dreams! I can only hope that DCX will listen this time!

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TKL
Posted: 2007/5/11 10:36  Updated: 2007/5/11 10:36
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Jeep should build this with 35s and then display it on dealer lots on top of a crushed Compass.

--TKL

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kayadog
Posted: 2007/5/11 9:54  Updated: 2007/5/11 9:54
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BUILD IT-BUILD IT-BUILD IT-BUILD IT

...and make that color available for current Jeeps.

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bkcurtis
Posted: 2007/5/18 19:56  Updated: 2007/5/18 19:56
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You do realize that this color is the SAME color as the HMMMV, when it comes of the production line. I drive past the HMMMMV factory in Mishawaka, IN every week and see those things lined up in row after row.

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JPFREEK
Posted: 2007/5/11 9:17  Updated: 2007/5/11 9:17
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I agree with RUBICON 100% except for the Compass. I think Jeep should keep it but beef it up to be a contender with the EVO and WRX/STX. It has the potential to be a decent rally vehicle.

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hoghead00
Posted: 2007/5/10 18:12  Updated: 2007/5/10 18:12
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That's pretty cool looking! I like it!

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RUBICON
Posted: 2007/5/10 16:34  Updated: 2007/5/10 16:34
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Jeep should build this, along with a heavy duty version of the Gladiator concept. Like others have said, DCX should milk the new Wrangler's success.

Jeep should keep the Liberty, Commander, and Grand Cherokee as the more luxurious off-road capable vehicles. They should beef up the Patriot with more ground clearance and better tires and should scratch the Compass altogether.

All Jeeps should be available with only 4WD/AWD and have a choice of gasoline, diesel, or diesel hybrid engines.

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sylvanis
Posted: 2007/5/11 11:01  Updated: 2007/5/11 11:01
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You got it....and Diesel Hybrid would be the way to go!

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loner
Posted: 2007/5/11 19:24  Updated: 2007/5/11 19:24
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Wow that's really cool.

I don't like the side tailgate though. The best part of a truck is the fold down tail gate. I miss the one on my CJ-7 too.

Wouldn't slow me down for a millisecond in my rush to buy one if they make it...with a diesel.
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