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.