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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2016, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Past Jeep Pickups Give Insights Into the Next Generation



Jeep has promised its fans a new pickup truck after almost two decades of not offering one to consumers. Given Jeep's heritage and it now being under the same ownership as the Ram truck brand, it will be very interesting to see exactly what Jeep puts in its showrooms.

Recently Jeep teased a stylized concept that will likely be a pickup powered by the Hellcat engine. That concept model will debut at the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Aside from that teaser, the best clues we have as to what to expect from Jeep's future pickup is looking at its past ones.

Jeep Comanche (1985-1992)



The Jeep Comanche was styled similar to the iconic Jeep Cherokee that was built from 1984 to 2001. Despite having similar styling, the Comanche was very different underneath. The Cherokee used a complicated unibody construction, but the Comanche had to use a separate frame that could support its truck bed because it was more work-oriented.

The Comanche stood out from its contemporaries as a more compact and nimble truck. Today the contrast would only be more distinct since modern trucks have grown in size considerably. The next Jeep pickup could very well differentiate itself from other trucks, including those of the Ram brand, by offering a more compact pickup option.

Jeepster Commando (1966-1973)



The Jeepster Commando was a pickup truck that was far more focused on style than it was on capability. One can think of it as half convertible, and half pickup truck.

It debuted in 1966 in a variety of different styles including: a unique Hurst Jeepster with rally stripes, a Hurst shifter, a Continental tire kit, and an 8,000-rpm tachometer. Near the end of the model's life cycle it was renamed the Jeep Commando and adopted a more conventional styling.

Since the Ram brand is more focused on utility, Jeep could go with a more lifestyle-focused design in order to provide something distinct from its sister-brand Ram.

Jeep JK-8 Kit



The JK-8 conversion kit is offered by FCA's Mopar division and allows buyers to convert their Jeep Wrangler into a pickup.

The thing about this Jeep pickup is that you are left to apply the kit to the Wrangler yourself (or you can pay someone else to do it). In addition to that it costs $6,000, plus the cost of the Wrangler, and you'll have to buy the appropriate paint color as well.

Mopar has sold 1,000 examples of the kit so far, so there is demand. That shows that Jeep could very well just take the Wrangler, put a pickup bed on the back and have confidence that it will sell. Not only that, it will not be a risk in terms of design and also will be fairly cheap for the brand to execute.
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Well that's what they're doing here with the next gen model hence the name of the forum WRANGLER, it's not a matter of COULD, they are doing it and there's no other reasonable way no matter what angle you look at it.
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If you look at some of the concepts that just debuted in Moab, I think there is a bit more wiggle room than you would think.
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Well it does show how diverse things can get and when it comes to the pick up, it's the easiest move to make and more importantly a sound business move, it already proved itself in the market in the hands of consumers.
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Well it does show how diverse things can get and when it comes to the pick up, it's the easiest move to make and more importantly a sound business move, it already proved itself in the market in the hands of consumers.
All true. FCA is going to expand Jeep even more though so something much more stylized like the Jeepster could have a chance.
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Indeed. It's something that can be seen to break them out of the mold much like what the Grand Cherokee has for a while, it's that one model that's great at bringing people to Jeep much unlike the Wrangler which takes a special interest.
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Just saw that this Jeep Shortcut concept was on display in Moab. This seems along the lines of a Jeepster-inspired new vehicle.





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Based on a two-door Wrangler, the Shortcut has been shortened by a total of 26 inches. Engineers started by removing 14 inches from the stock Wrangler body and then saved another foot by removing the rear-mounted spare tire and pulling the bumpers in closer to the body. The result is a horizontally-challenged CJ-5-esque Wrangler that many off-road and Jeep enthusiasts would step over their own mother to drive.

The Shortcut gets a modified exhaust system but other than that, the powertrain is stock with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 mated to a 5-speed manual. A two-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, and Dana 44 front and rear axles can be found underneath the vehicle. Traction is provided by 35-inch BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 tires mounted on 17-inch steel wheels painted to match the body.
http://www.tflcar.com/2016/03/jeep-s...p-safari-here/

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That sort of reminds me of the military issued Jeep trucks that we got back in the day. Wouldn't mind taking on a project like this with one of those old military Jeeps.
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Can't see them shortening the truck bed to make it similarly horizontally challenged but I wouldn't mind seeing a shorter front end with the bumper closer to the cabin.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-04-2016, 02:59 PM
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Only thing I can really see them do is offer different bed lengths since it's an "entry-level" thing to do, easy and effective, doesn't require doing anything drastic and still targets one important area that appeals to customers big time.
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