Mark Allen, a designer for Jeep, takes us through the mix of trucks the company will have on display at their SEMA booth in this strangely low-res video. I know you don’t want to steal the thunder from your SEMA exhibit, but is a video we can watch without our eyes bleeding too much to ask?
As Left Lane News describes, Jeep will have three concepts in their booth at this year’s show. The first, called the Jeep J7 Stripper, is just what it sounds like: a de-contented Wrangler, beefed up with a two inch lift and 35” tires. Next is the Jeep NuKizer 715, a concept that has my keyboard soaked with drool. Take a truck currently produced for the Egyptian military (that comes standard with heavy-duty everything), add a pickup bed and 38 inch tires and call it done. The NuKizer is powered by a 2.8 liter turbodiesel motor and even includes a folding canvas top. The only change I would have made is to bin the glossy paint in favor of something more durable, like powdercoat. I’d even keep the trash-can-gray color, which makes the truck look even more hard core. Finally, Jeep is showing the Ram PowerWagon, a short wheel base Ram 2500 with 40” tires, Chrysler’s response to Ford’s successful Raptor.
All three trucks have been seen in public before, at the Mopar Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. You can build your own version of the J7 Stripper and the Ram PowerWagon with parts from the Mopar catalog, but I sincerely hope they push the NuKizer into production. Is it practical, especially when sales of compact pickup truck are on the decline? No, but it is supremely cool, and sometimes that’s enough.