This week, we learned that Jeep has finally committed to building a production pickup truck based on the upcoming redesigned Jeep Wrangler. That's major news for Jeep fans, who have been dying to get their hands on a Wrangler pickup for decades. Why such fervency? It probably has something to do with all these awesome concept pickups Jeep has showed over the years. Check them out.
Envisioned as an off-road emergency response rig, this Wrangler Unlimited-based pickup features bed-side storage lockers filled with tools, first-aid equipment, and off-road recovery gear. Sitting on 37-inch tires on beadlock wheels with high-clearance bumpers and Dana 60 axles, this concept embodies the go-anywhere spirit.
This wonky-looking truck concept is inspired by an actual production Jeep—the Forward Control, an oddball cab-over-engine pickup truck built in the 1950s. Built from a mish-mash of Wrangler parts, including most of the cab from a two-door model, it's got the family resemblance, if not the proportions.
The Mighty FC lives up to its "mighty" name thanks to 39.5-inch Krawler tires on huge portal axles, and a stretched-out 117-inch wheelbase. , and found it mighty indeed.
"If there was a guiding principal or theme behind the J-12 concept, it was grandpa's fishing truck," designer Kyle Evans . With a front end that evokes the classic "rhino" grill of early full-size Jeep Cherokees, chrome bumpers, and steel wheels, they nailed the aesthetic.
Built on a four-door Wrangler chassis that was stretched 18 inches, the J-12 concept features a six-foot bed. The custom, retro-inspired front end was made entirely of carbon fiber, and bolted to the stock Wrangler's body mounts. Underneath, as with most of these concepts, was the stock Wrangler drivetrain.
Back in 2011, Mopar showed off this concept at the annual Easter Jeep Safari. It wasn't just a design experiment, though—it turned into an actual kit you could buy from Mopar to turn your four-door Wrangler into a modern version of the old Jeep CJ-based Scrambler pickup.
The Mopar conversion kit, , fits 2007-2012 four-door Wranglers and features a new half hardtop, removable "freedom top" roof panels, a bed floor, a bulkhead to close off the cab, and inner and outer body panels for the new truck bed. Quadratec offers the kit for $7500—on top of whatever you paid for your Wrangler.
The Nukizer name gives it all away: This 2011 concept was an homage to , the military-spec version of the Jeep Gladiator pickup built from 1967-1969. Based on the diesel-powered Jeep J8, a military-spec four-door Wrangler not sold in the U.S., the Nukizer was powered by a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder. The retro front clip later appeared on the J-12 concept, while the olive drab soft-top gave it some military macho.
Unveiled at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, this concept built on the styling of the newly-redesigned 2007 Wrangler to envision a pickup truck variant that was both retro and modern. Named after , a full-size pickup built from 1962 to 1988, the concept featured old-school touches like a full-size spare tire mounted to the side of the bed.