Kit produces a Brute of a Jeep pickup
Photo credit: LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE
LAS VEGAS -- Jeep has yet to answer enthusiasts' request for a factory-made Wrangler-based pickup. But dealers soon will have an alternative.
American Expedition Vehicles will offer the Jeep-badged AEV Brute Double Cab to dealers as a turnkey conversion starting in the second quarter.
The company, one of the top suppliers of aftermarket parts for Jeep-brand products, showed off the truck at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here.
Pricing has not been disclosed, but depending on options it is expected to cost between $65,000 and $95,000.
AEV starts with a four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, stretches the chassis 23 inches, to 216 inches, and adds a 5-foot truck bed to the rear. Beneath the hood, the Brute has a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that is not available in traditional Wrangler vehicles, and the five-speed automatic transmission found in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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