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We weren't sitting around wondering how a first-generation Jeep Liberty pickup might look, but Bejing Auto Works (BAW) delivered the answer. The truck is apparently based on an actual Liberty, possibly a leftover from the Beijing Jeep project. In January 2008, the Liberty pickup was gifted to the China Military Museum in Beijing, along with some other colorfully-named BAW vehicles. Holding court with Brave Warriors and Lubas, the chopped Lib is easily the most impressive in the bunch. Hey, paint it up with mid-'80s graphics, call it the Comanche, and Bob's your uncle. Hat tip to Tycho.

[Source: BAW via thetycho]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I was surprised when I first saw the photo. This truck would have been a success had it been produced, except that guys at Dodge would have vetoed the project, since they feel that only Dodge shuld sell trucks. It should have been built in Egypt instead, because Dodge's influence means nothing there-see the Jeep J8 pickup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know, I actually like this. The bed looks flimsy but with some proper design applied to it and with some finesse, it could be a fun little runabout. Strip out the luxuries like leather and 6-pack CD, put in a small turbo diesel and fit it with a tried and true 5-speed stick and it could be a great value.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Jeep JT concept looks/looked far better than this. Google it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, i am sure it is legal. I am sure Chinese companies did not STEAL this design. But my question is, does it come with Louis Vuitton luggage?
        • 6 Years Ago
        This one would have been legal if went into production, being a product of a joint venture between Beijing Automotive and Chrysler that fell apart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd be game for a reintroduction of the XJ and MJ... You know, and skip all this other crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure that thing tracks great going down the road what-with those inset rear wheels. (wtf is up with that, or is it evidence of a photoshop?)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they SHOULD be building KJ/KK pick-ups. That would make what- an MK? You know, small, simple, cheap, with aftermarket support for off-road capability? That would never work....
      Urchin- Chrysler has been working with BAW for a long time- no stealing involved. They even built some cool stepped roof XJs with a longer rear door.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They must read Allpar because a group there wanted Chrysler div to push for this PU.
      May they have success where Chrysler Jeep felt it wasn't necessary to have in the world market with a VM2.8Lcrd.
      The only thing I think may save Chrysler div is the V-6 with MDS with 2 mode hybrid option. Since they never made an agreement with VW to import the 2.0Lcrd + exhaust system for the caliber crd, Avenger crd, Sebring crd, Journey crd, compass crd, and patriot crd.
      If only Chrysler made a small V-8 MDS (4.0L-4.4L) back when the hemi MDS was proven reliable. They would have a more fuel efficient motor than the 3.5L & 3.7L and 3.8L V-6's and all RWD vehicles using the above motors would have better sales.
      As for the world motors I-4 they show good performance numbers, but reviews dislike the motor for being buzzy and less low end torque feel when compared to the motor it replaced. I wish they would have gone with world motor V-6's. 2.6L MDS & 3.0LMDS for the caliber, compass patriot. So it would have the fuel savings of a 1.3L & 1.5L but a smoothness of a V-6 when under load and better low end torque than the world motors. Even the new Phoenix V-6 with MDS doesn't go that small.
      I bet China will be successful with this pickup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Turbo Diesel, Please
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chrysler should have let them build it as a Jeep because they have such a small footprint in China it pointless for them to be there. The Chinese dealers complain that they often have nothing to even show potential customers. I spent a lot of time in China and talked to a few dealers who sell US product and the Chrysler dealers were always ticked. One Chrysler dealer only had one 300 to show and had a big card board cut out of the a Jeep Liberty and Wrangler in his showroom. That lone 300 was his entire inventory and he was located in Shanghai, a city of about 18 million people.

      This little truck would have done well in China. It probably would do well in the US for that matter if you marketed it like a Sprinter as a work truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad they can't import that to the USA without having the 25% chicken tax added to the price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugly, but I wouldn't mind a new Comanche.
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