We got up-close and personal with what appears to be a mule for a Wrangler-based pickup truck, right along the lines of the Jeep JT truck concept. The rear doors of a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited have been welded shut, and the black composite roof structure has been extended forward to the B-pillar. The roll-down side glass has been replaced with a solid window.
Yeah, there was some speculation along those lines last night. I came across this today:
"The Jeep you see here is one of the units built to sell (hopefully) to the Egyptian military. As you can see, the rear doors are welded shut and, on the inside load floor, there's a pickup-style steel bed. It's powered by a diesel, has rear leaf springs and a rear Dana 60.
I understand that, while there are a number of these built, the deal hasn't been made yet with Egypt (or Israel, etc.). There are no plans to offer this in North America." Phil Howell, Off-Road Magazine
In sitting at the Round Table at CJ, one thing the marketing engineers at Jeep are questioning is how much seating to put in the JT.
Seating for 2 - gives good payload space with standard wheel base
Seating for 5 - same as the Unlimited JK, very small payload space with standard wheel base
Seating for 4 - would use side mounted jump seats, better payload space than seating for 5 but still lower than seating for 2
I think a good compromise for those needing just one more seat. Make the standard 2 seater available with a split bench seat (must keep standard transmission as option) so people like me who need seating for only one more person can get by in a pinch. This would give good payload space while not having to make this thing as big as house. A fold down tailgate for a truck is a must.
Another option would be to make the seating for 4 and convert the tailgate to fold down providing additional space for longer loads - again keeping the shortest total length possible for good offroad ability.
Ah, how nice it would be to be able to throw a couple of dirtbikes or an atv in the rear (must be wide enough to carry a good sized ATV) for a trip to the dunes and not be limited to the parking lot.
I believe trying to accomadate seating for 5 and making this a truck is going to just be too large.
UPDATE: Mike Levine at Pickuptruck.com speculates that Jeep may be going after the postal fleet market. These mules are right-hand drive (to reach mailboxes perhaps?) and leaf springs (to handle the heavy load of mail maybe?)
What's that on the passenger (well, technically driver side) fender?
I think that's an elevated air intake... I remember sing that on a military version concept of a TJ
I love that jeep is playing around with the JK making it long short 2 door long 2 door short 4 door leaf springs coils we're kinda seeing everything right now... all this versatility is reminding me of the jeeps of the 70s scrambler CJ.... Could it be that they're realizing that the wrangler was and always should have remained a utility vehicle?
Jeep is finally coming back to life!
A TJ is like a BJ,if you get the right one,you will know it and be happy. :)