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The good people at Allpar.com unearthed some very interesting information about the oft-rumoured resurrection of a small pickup bearing the Jeep name. We had reported as recently as August that a Jeep pickup based on the Gladiator Concept shown at the 2005 Detroit auto show had been axed because of the cost to develop the vehicle on its own unique platform. It turns out that all this while Jeep had been working on another pickup that actually is based on the Wrangler platform, and would therefore be less expensive and easier to produce. Rumored to be called the Scrambler, the truck will be unveiled at the SEMA show next week in Las Vegas with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 underhood, winches front and back, an oversized wheel/tire combo and additional styling tweaks like safari slits on the raised roof. The SEMA show is an apt venue to present the Scrambler, since it's expected that Jeep will also announce that the pickup bed will be made available as a kit for those interested in retrofitting their 1997-2006 Wranglers. The kit would likely cost between $8,000 and $10,000, not including installation, and also require lengthening the Wrangler's frame using parts supplied with the kit. Doesn't sound like a DIY affair for a lazy autumn afternoon, but the prospect of a new compact pickup entering the market is exciting. Through sheer apathy, Ford finds itself offering the only compact pickup with its age-old Ranger, as the competition has all grown in size and power over the years. A new compact pickup from Jeep that's priced right, trail-rated and practically useful could be a big score. Such a vehicle powered by a torquey four-cylinder or light-duty diesel engine could also be extremely popular in these fuel conscious times, as well.
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      • 8 Years Ago
      Agree w/ #2. Lose the Hemi, give it a small torqy engine. I'll take mine in gun-metal gray with a blue denim interior. Just kidding, but that would be so sweet.

      It looks like a modern version of the old Willys truck...
      • 8 Years Ago
      The little box on that thing doesn't compare favorably with even the ridiculous fat-fender-look Ranger box. To someone who uses his Ranger in city delivery, this thing's a toy.

      The 4-cyl. Ranger, if my 9 years' experience counts for anything, is economical and dependable; while Jeeps have a bad reputation on both counts.

      That said, I think 4WD and 6-cylinder Ranger models are ripoffs. The economy and price are comparable to a Silverado Classic.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Ryan H - I think it's just a different version of the Brute: www.aev-conversions.com . The AEV guys seem to have something going for them because Jeep has mimicked most of their ideas into production, from the longer wheelbase wrangler to the four-door version of the wrangler. They were also one of the first to figure out the Hemi retrofit into a wrangler.
      • 8 Years Ago
      no one is going to spend $20K for the Wrangler + another $10K in parts & labor to get a Jeep Pickup. (hacking the frame?? are they kidding??) for that money, people will buy a Dodge PowerWagon

      They should make that a body-style option and price it the same as the regular Wranglers to have it be viable in the market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      AEV Wheels, AEV Heat reduction hood, Hemi-swap AEV is famous for...I would go out on a limb and say this is just an AEV Brute.
      • 8 Years Ago
      While perusing the Jeep display at the 2006 State Fair of Texas 18 October, I asked the Jeep guys if a diesel was going to be made available in the north american market, expecting to hear some "well, that's possible but we don't know" kind of answer. They rather said that a DIESEL ENGINE WAS APPROVED for the north american market, although they did not know what configuration nor from whom it would be sourced. This was all the information they had. Anyone know anything more?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just like the AEV Brute? I hope so, those things are sweet looking. I'll take one with a LA lift and 35's please.

      I agree, a Hemi is overkill here (the 4.0L is plenty for my TJ), diesel would interesting too if it's quiet enough.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1) Why is this based on the TJ and not the JK?
      2) That hard top had better be removable
      • 8 Years Ago
      Age old Ranger? The current Rander is just one year old, has good European Diesels and cool suicide doors:

      • 8 Years Ago
      At least 8k for the bed? That's nuts.

      The Wrangler, I'll say it again, is not a very complex vehicle. Why hasn't a third party made a modular bed for them yet?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The wheels in one of the photos look just like the ones that AEV conversions sell. Don't be surprised if this is the new AEV Brute.
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Ford finds itself offering the only compact pickup with its age-old Ranger"

      What about the Subaru Baja? Is that considered a subcompact pickup, or not even a pickup?

      #1 "Age old Ranger? The current Rander is just one year old, has good European Diesels and cool suicide doors"

      John Neff is referring to the U.S.-market Ranger.
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