After numerous concepts and showings and a tease just yesterday of spy shots of a Jeep JT Pickup testing it turns out yet again… No Jeep Truck For You! According to a clarification from Off-Road Magazine the test mule of the Jeep JT are for a line of military Jeeps aimed toward Isreal and Egypt.
So if the contracts get done with Isreal or Egypt and Jeep actually builds their pickup it will be yet another vehicle that we can add to the list of autos not available in the U.S. No make matters worse it was reported that the JT Pickup is powered by a European prefered diesel engine. Now if Jeep can provide a diesel engine for the overseas version of a Jeep not to be sold here why can they not do the same for a Wrangler that is sold in North America?
While “interest” in a vehicle nor critical approval are a guarantee of profits and sales Jeep already hasÂ a reliable following who are just waiting for the next great jeep. The 2007 Wrangler is stylistically a resounding success and has sold pretty well. The only draw-back for the new Wrangler is the weak drivetrain. But if that same Jeep Wrangler was powered by a Cummins diesel engine would that make Jeep owners happy and bring in new buyers?
The only way to get a Jeep Diesel is to let the folks at Jeep/Chrysler know that you want one. So what is your opinion of a Diesel Jeep Wrangler? Would you be interested in a Jeep JT Pickup?