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piginajeep
08-16-2012, 07:12 PM
I really wish they would decide and stopping giving me hope :grayno:


http://www.caradvice.com.au/185784/jeep-wrangler-ute-chance-2015/

http://www.caradvice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2005-jeep-gladiator-concept-2-625x378.jpg


A Jeep ute could hit the road in as little as three years.

Jeep president Mike Manley told CarAdvice the company would make a decision on whether to build a ute version of the Wrangler “pretty soon”.

The American off-road brand has been playing with the idea of a Wranger ute for some time, presenting a two-door load-hauling concept called the Gladiator back in 2005 (pictured above and below in green).

The Chrysler group aftermarket arm, Mopar, has even come up with a conversion kit called JK8, which transforms a regular Wrangler into a ute (pictured below in yellow).

However, Jeep is now looking very closely at building a proper ute version of its go-anywhere machine.



When shown a picture of the Gladiator concept, Manley said: “This is very, very cool.”

“When would it be viable to offer a pick-up version of the Wrangler?” He asked.

“Probably the next generation.”

That is due in either 2015 or 2016, which means Jeep is right on the cusp of locking in whether a Wrangler ute is part of the line-up.

Jeep officials also have to decide whether to build a two-door ute or a four-door version that would not be as capable off-road.

“They are very different cars,” Manley said.

“One of the issues is that when you go four door with a bed is that your break-over angle gets destroyed. We can still maintain approach and departure angles, but when we get to a certain length, the break-over becomes an issue. Then is it really a Wrangler?”

Manley said: “Even though you could say it is a different Wrangler to your mainstream one, you would have to be very, very careful that the pick-up is a true Wrangler. Because it is such an icon, it is so important for Jeep”,

Manley said the two-door would still have excellent off-road capability.

“With a two-door there is no issue at all.”



However, Jeep is not ruling out another way of introducing a Jeep ute, or as it says, pick-up. It is also considering building a stand-alone Jeep ute, not a version of the Wrangler, which would avoid any issues of damaging the Wrangler brand with a ute that doesn’t have such extreme off-road capability.

“The new generation of platforms that we are working on with Fiat are very, very versatile platforms,” Manley said.

“So, I can see the opportunity in the future, to say, bring a pick-up off a platform that has enough global volume so that we can say, build a genuine pick-up, in right-hand drive and left-hand drive.”

Any new Jeep product that is introduced is built in right- and left-hand drive, given the global strength of the brand, so any Jeep ute would be an almost certain starter for Australia.

Chrysler Fiat Australia managing director Clyde Campbell would love to have a Wrangler ute to sell here.

“It would be a really good idea,” he said.

The Australian division has converted a Wrangler with the JK8 ute kit and has it on display at its new South Melbourne headquarters.

“We have got a JK8, the feedback we’ve got from all the tradies that have been working there is incredible, they want to know when they can get one,” he said.

jktubby
08-16-2012, 07:14 PM
i agree they should pull the gun on this. Maybe a little market research will help them make a better decision.

MikeLisa
08-16-2012, 07:28 PM
I was thinking of trading mine but I might hold out now for this.

DManuel
08-16-2012, 08:45 PM
This is cool. I really wish they would make a four door with a bed. I could use one of those.

Moho
08-17-2012, 12:13 AM
Our stealership had one and sold it, I se it around town occassionally

Robar
08-17-2012, 12:40 AM
Our stealership had one and sold it, I se it around town occassionally

You're seeing a J8 conversion. Jeep is not currently building a truck and hasn't in over a dozen years.

DMFNJ24601
08-17-2012, 08:30 AM
That's purdy.....I'd trade in my JKU for one of those.

ichthus
08-17-2012, 09:25 AM
CarBuzz (a ridiculously annoying app) claimed in an article just a couple days ago that the "green light" was given for a truck of some sort for the next gen Wrangler ('15 or '16).

Though I can nearly promise that I'd be at the front of the line to buy one (and my father in law right behind me), I'm skeptical until they actually hand me keys. Jeep has been teasing with truck concepts for so long I can't even get excited with the next Easter Jeep Safari concept.

Truth be told I think there's room in the market for a pair of trucks. A production J8 and something in the true 1/2-3/4 ton market. What the Big 3 in Detroit fail to understand is that US customers didnt give up on the Ranger, Colorado and Dakota because they didn't like smaller trucks, they quit buying them because the trucks SUCKED when compared to the constantly updated full size offerings. You can't keep selling the same product with slight upgrades in appearance for 10-20 years and not have the product outclassed by the competition.

KernHydro
08-17-2012, 12:40 PM
Not a fan of the jeep truck. Although I like looking at them, I would never buy one. A Jeep is not a truck. There is cars vans trucks and jeeps...IMO

Prime8
08-17-2012, 12:53 PM
CarBuzz (a ridiculously annoying app) claimed in an article just a couple days ago that the "green light" was given for a truck of some sort for the next gen Wrangler ('15 or '16).

Though I can nearly promise that I'd be at the front of the line to buy one (and my father in law right behind me), I'm skeptical until they actually hand me keys. Jeep has been teasing with truck concepts for so long I can't even get excited with the next Easter Jeep Safari concept.

Truth be told I think there's room in the market for a pair of trucks. A production J8 and something in the true 1/2-3/4 ton market. What the Big 3 in Detroit fail to understand is that US customers didnt give up on the Ranger, Colorado and Dakota because they didn't like smaller trucks, they quit buying them because the trucks SUCKED when compared to the constantly updated full size offerings. You can't keep selling the same product with slight upgrades in appearance for 10-20 years and not have the product outclassed by the competition.

True. That's why the Tacoma has become so popular. I actually looked at them when I was looking for my first new car. I was between that and the JKU. Clearly the JKU won, but I'd still like to own a tacoma some day (in addition to a wrangler, of course).

Serg5000
08-17-2012, 01:07 PM
this would be sick!!

piginajeep
08-17-2012, 03:06 PM
Not a fan of the jeep truck. Although I like looking at them, I would never buy one. A Jeep is not a truck. There is cars vans trucks and jeeps...IMO

jeep is not a truck? what????

Since the early years Jeep has always made trucks, Until recently they stopped

http://image.fourwheeler.com/f/30132854/129_1103_09_o+129_1103_jeep_the_first_70_years+194 8_willys_pickup.jpg
http://image.jpmagazine.com/f/8467567/154_0804_06_z+forward_control_jeeps_50_years_phoen ix_arizona+1960_fc170.jpg
http://i.ehow.com/images/a04/p7/sa/history-jeep-800x800.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v200/randysford/my%20comanche/HPIM0164.jpg

Sharkey
08-17-2012, 03:41 PM
I would love to see a Jeep truck...but not a JK truck. I'd want it to look more like the J10. Are you listening Chrysler? Make the flippin' Nukizer already!!!

piginajeep
08-17-2012, 03:49 PM
I would love to see a Jeep truck...but not a JK truck. I'd want it to look more like the J10. Are you listening Chrysler? Make the flippin' Nukizer already!!!

I'd love to see a Willys throw back :D

MTG
08-17-2012, 04:21 PM
http://i.ehow.com/images/a04/p7/sa/history-jeep-800x800.jpg


I have zero need for a truck. But I might reconsider just to crack myself up every day with one that said "Honcho" on the side of it. LOL! :cheesy:

KernHydro
08-17-2012, 05:43 PM
jeep is not a truck? what????

Since the early years Jeep has always made trucks, Until recently they stopped


What made jeep a jeep, not those trucks. Other than the willys none of those Models probable sold well. In all fairness I do like the Willys truck and it would be cool see the nukester available.

Nicholas
08-17-2012, 09:46 PM
The red jeep truck at Moab this past EJS was badass! I would love to have one of those! Maybe change a thing or two.