Yesterday AEV introduced it's latest creation. I think it's cool and all but I also think it has a limited market. Much like the Wrangler-based Gladiator concept vehicle, this one is really too long (139-inch wheelbase) to do any heavy wheeling. Although I think it would make an awesome light-wheeling utility truck. I just wonder if even the Pentastar makes enough power to pull the load you'll want to haul. A V-8 motor swap combined with this conversion would likely put your Wrangler build near the $100,000 mark.
To me, the much more interesting part is that this vehicle may provide a window into what might, or more accurately, what might not be going on at Jeep, as far as a pickup is concerned. I suspect that if Jeep had genuinely planned to offer a true Wangler-based pickup (not just a Mopar JK-8 kit), then AEV wouldn't have bothered with the expense of creating the parts to build this. It's not a one-off, and body stamping molds are not cheap. Anyway, here is what AEV had to say about it's new truck:
American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) will debut the brand new four-door 2012 AEV Brute Double Cab at this year’s SEMA Show, nearly a decade after first introducing its Jeep based Brute pickup truck. AEV’s original Brute was unveiled at SEMA in 2002 as a Jeep pickup conversion that offered superb styling, rugged utility, and the high quality always associated with AEV. Now AEV will once again use SEMA to introduce the popular Brute’s newest incarnation, the Brute Double Cab, a four-door overland vehicle utilizing the newest JK Wrangler to deliver a powerful, unique off-road machine worthy of the Brute moniker.
AEV starts with a four-door JK Wrangler and stretches the chassis 23 inches for a final wheelbase of 139 inches. The overall vehicle length stands at 216 inches, a total increase of 30 inches, with a small frame extension at the rear to accommodate the pickup bed. The interior dimensions of the Brute Double Cab’s truck bed are 61”L x 60”W (44 inches between the wheel houses), offering plenty of haul space in a highly capable off-roader.
You can read the entire story by clicking HERE. There is also more info HERE.