I'm betting that when time comes around, they will announce that they won't be making a Wrangler based pickup because the JK-8 kit didn't sell enough to warrant one. As far a diesel I'm gonna go with some BS about emissions and not enough demand as their reasoning for not selling one to us.
Isn't there at least one conglomerate of billionaires here on JF that want to buy Jeep and make the products we really want?
2012 JKU Black, Soft Top. Next mods are a 2.5" lift, 35" Tires, and either 4.10 or 4.56 gears.
Isnt there an optional diesel on the new JKs? I mean it's an option but its a step in the right direction. But I just think a jeep pick up would be a site for sore eyes, that's the only full sized market that jeep doesnt even have a finger in.
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Too late in the product cycle? Um...Im calling B.S. on that too. The TJ Unlimited came out in '03 which is even later in the product cycle!
The LJ was done mainly as a study to see if the market would react well to LWB Jeeps. And it's waaaayy cheaper just to stretch a vehicle a little bit (See: every full-size fleet sedan ever, most of them have fairly low-key LWB versions) than to completely change the body style.
Versus an TJ, the LJ didn't require different engine tooling, 90% of the body panels could be kept, the frame only required minor changes, the tops are outsourced anyways, the interior bits are, except for a little bit of carpet, unchanged...
If you think building a Gladiator is as simple as hacking off the back half of a JK's body and putting a pickup bed in place, then you need to do some serious research into the requirements of modern automotive manufacturing.
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