• May 23rd 2007 at 6:33PM
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The responses to our post on the Jeep JT Concept that's headed to SEMA this year were overwhelmingly positive. The number of people who commented they'd buy one if Jeep didn't wussify it on the way to production was incredible. One constant theme was the demand for a diesel engine, and most commonly cited was the 3.0L CRD motor used in other Jeep products like the Grand Cherokee CRD. With purposeful, bare-bones styling and a motor generating 376 ft-lbs. of torque, the Jeep JT would be a workhorse budget truck for those not interested in spending thousands more on a half-ton.

Our man Jonathan Ramsey got to play with the Jeep JT in person and echoes everyone's sentiments about the little pickup. He brought back some more pics of the concept, including inside shots that show a basic Jeep Wrangler interior with no frills. We also get a view of the hardtop roof with removeable panels and the JT Concept's current motor, a 3.8L V6.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      They need to produce this Jeep exactly without any other changes. Maybe a diesel. That's it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You wouldn't see me dead in a truck. But this one is different. I might even consider buying one. Jeep needs to put a diesel in, and price right. It'll be a hit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great looking, but how practical can it be when the spare tire eats up most of the bed area? Couldn't they put it on the side, or something like that? And yes, the silver car behind it is the Nassau concept.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i really like it it looks kind of rough and I like that look. With the diesel option and a manual treansmission option I would definitely consider getting one. If no manual transmission option then i would forget about it
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like this, but it wouldn't be practical for my needs.

      However, I would seriously consider buying a 4-door Wrangler if I could get the diesel in it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is an Impressive Jeep.
      It brings back the days of simplicity, function and practicality.
      I agree with it needing a Diesel.
      I think that would be the Icing on the cake with all the extra torque and great fuel economy.
      Its funny in that its not really bristling with technology yet has an enormous appeal about it in that its not full of gimmicks or posh factor, yet does enough to be comfortable and useful.
      Its obvious someone over at jeep tried to build this jeep to instill a feeling of "freedom" when going offroad and not worrying about scratching up the paint.
      Basically, a workhorse that doesnt try to put on airs as a throughbred.
      I really am impressed with this Truck.

      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what new product from the Jeep brand should be. Rugget and simple. Bring back Plymouth to give the Compass a new home.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know this is a not a very practical vehicle for my everyday long distance highway drives ( it must have a terrible high speed handling, wind and tire noise and an awful gas mileage (even with a diesel) .BUT GOD I WANT ONE SO BADLY !!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is the silver wagon shown behind the Jeep in this picture:


      Is it the 300 replacement?
        • 8 Years Ago
        I think that's the Naussau Concept from earlier in the year
        • 8 Years Ago
        Been wondering what it was, too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This truck with an uncomplicated diesel would be great...but those days are gone. I'd be happy with a decent gas motor . I guess we should be thankful that you can still get any Jeep with a manual transmission. Now how about one that's not too wide for the trail and is under $20k. I can buy a 4 door Grand Vitara with 4wd and a manual trans for $16k BRAND NEW. Jeeps are over priced.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't want a diesel. I can't plug one in durring the winter, especially at work.

      I want either a removeable hard top or a drop top added. Jeep is the only small vehicle I'd be happy about buying. Since I never use the back seat in any vehicle I own, removing it completely and extending the cargo area makes plenty of sense.

      If the new owners do something to increase the fuel economy in the Jeeps, I'll happily buy one. There's no reason something the size of a Wrangler should get big blcok Silverado fuel economy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I third that notion.
      -Diesel engine (which they should have in all the Wranglers as an option with the 6sp manual)
      -Bench seat up front for when you inevitably need to punish that extra third person
      -Spare on the side of the tailgate or on the side of the jeep, leaving room for a tank on the other.

      SOLD!!! Where do I put my name down?
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