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Jeep JT Wrangler Concept Truck, Reality?

Jeep JT
 

Could this be the one?  Will Jeep finally start production of a much anticipated Jeep Pickup Truck?  The Jeep JT may be closer to a relativity than any of the previous prototypes that Jeep fans have been drooling over.  When Chrysler revealed the Jeep Gladiator at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show great applause resonated across the Jeep community as folks wondered if the Jeep Gladiator would be the return of a functional Jeep work-horse that could haul manure during the week and kick offroad butt over the weekend.  But with Chryslers limited resources and the Gladiator very unique design, the Jeep Gladiator seemed destine for the archived pages of Jeep concept vehicles and nothing more.  On the other hand, the Jeep JT is so close to the current breed of Wrangler Unlimited that is now in production that it seems to be a no brainer that Jeep could and should highly consider this for mass production.

The Jeep JT, a one-off Wrangler built by Jeep's legendary Skunk Werks team, is bases off of the model J8 Egyptian military that Jeep builds for the Egyptian government using many of the parts including the bed.  Additionally the JT is based off of the JK body and is essentially a four door Unlimited with the 116-inch wheelbase and the rear doors and rear foot well removed.  Just about every part used to build the JT is currently in the Jeep parts inventory.

According to Mark Allen, Jeep senior manager of the Product Design office, the JT was created from a chopped-up, two-door hardtop JK model with the addition of the steel bulkhead to divide the passenger compartment from the cargo area (from a Dakota pickup box). The JT is fitted with a five-foot truck bed cargo box measuring 47 inches wide by 61 inches long and sports a side opening tailgate as well as a removable top.  The JT's pickup cab compartment retains the factory JK sport bar and the chassis uses the coil spring rear suspension of the civilian model JK (the military J8 has uses a Dana 60 and leaf spring suspension).

The JT truck prototype used the following:

  • Stock 3.8L V-6
  • Four-speed automatic transmission
  • NV2414:1 Rock-Trac transfer case
  • Front and rear Dana Model 44 axles with Tru-Lok electronic lockers 
  • BFGoodrich 35x12.50R-17 Mud Terrain T/A tires mounted on Custom 17x8-inch steel wheels from Stockton Wheel (the JT was lifted to accommodate 35-inch MT tires)
  • American Expedition Vehicles new Heat Reduction hood
  • Ramsey 9500 UT winch
  • American Expedition Vehicles JK front winch mount
  • Mopar rear bumper
  • Paint color called Hearing Aid Beige (...really?)
  • Aftermarket Hood
  • Some in-cab components are from AEV (American Expedition Vehicles

The Jeep JT is the second Jeep truck concept in two years - with the first being the Jeep Gladiator seen at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, which was so custom that it would be a major undertaking to mass produce.  On the JT side of the coin, the concept is so do-able that it seems Jeep may be planning to do something with this concept.  According to Mark Allen, the JT is so feasible because it is basically the Egyptian military version (J8) with a different top.  The Jeep JT Prototype appeared at Moab this year and the word is that the JT will be making its first formal appearance at this year's SEMA show in late October.  If you have an interest in the JT, show Chrysler some feedback  It's possible that if enough interest is shown in the JT, it will become reality.

Sources and Credits:
Jeep, DaimlerChrysler Company LLC
Mark Allen, Jeep senior manager of the Product Design office
JP Magazine
Aaron Gold, About.com Car Guide Reporter
Steve Siler, Car and Driver

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At the auto show SEMA, that will kick off October 30 in Las-Vegas, the company Jeep will unveil 2 new SUVs - Wrangler Ultimate and the pickup JT Concept.
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JT Information (based off of the JK Platform)

Engine:

   

3.8-Liter, OHV, 12-Valve SMPI V6

Availability   Standard
Type & Description   Six-cylinder, 60° V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement   230.5 cu. in. (3,778 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke   3.78x3.43 (96x87)
Valve System   OHV, 12 valves, roller followers, hydraulic lifters
Fuel Injection   Sequential, multiport, electronic
Construction   Cast-iron block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio   9.6:1
Power (SAE net)   205 hp (153 kW) @ 5,200 rpm (53.9 hp/L)
Torque (SAE net)   240 lbs-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Recommendation   Unleaded regular, 87 octane (R+M)/2
Oil Capacity   6 qt. (5.7L) plus filter
Coolant Capacity   13.36 qt. (12.64L) Std.
Emission Controls   Three-way catalytic converter, heated oxygen sensors, electronic EGR and internal engine features

Meets Tier 2 Bin 5 (federal) and LEV 2 (CA) emission requirements

 
 

Electrical System

Alternator   160A
Battery   600 CCA, maintenance-free
 

Transmission:

 NSG 370—Manual, Six-Speed Overdrive
Availability   Standard—All models
Description   Synchronized in all forward gears and reverse, multirail shift system with top-mounted shift lever
Clutch   Hydraulic actuation
Gear Ratios 1st   4.46
Gear Ratios 2nd   2.61
Gear Ratios 3rd   1.72
Gear Ratios 4th   1.25
Gear Ratios 5th   1.00
Gear Ratios 6th   0.84
Gear Ratios Reverse   4.06
Axle Ratio   3.21 Std., 4.10 Opt. (Std. on Rubicon)
Overall Top Gear   2.69 Std., 3.44 Opt. (Std. on Rubicon)
 

Transmission:

42RLE—Automatic, Four-Speed Overdrive

Availability   Optional
Description   Electronic governor, electronically controlled converter clutch
Gear Ratios 1st   2.84
Gear Ratios 2nd   1.57
Gear Ratios 3rd   1.0
Gear Ratios 4th   0.69
Gear Ratios Reverse   2.21
Axle Ratio   4.10
Overall Top Gear   2.83
 

Transfer Case:

   
NV241 Command-Trac
Type   Part-time
Operating Modes   2WD High; 4WD High; Neutral; 4WD Low
Low Range Ratio   2.72:1
Center Differential Type   None
     

Transfer Case:

   

NV241OR Rock-Trac

Type   Part-time, heavy-duty
Operating Modes   2WD High; 4WD High; Neutral; 4WD Low
Low Range Ratio   4.0:1
Center Differential Type   None
  
 

Dimensions And Capacities

General Overall Length   152.8 (3,881.2)
Overall Width
(without mirrors)
  73.7 (1872.9)
Overall Height   70.9 (1,800.1)
Wheelbase   95.4 (2,424.1)
Track, Front   61.9 (1,572.3)
Track, Rear   61.9 (1,572.3)
Overhang, Front   26.7 (679.2)
Overhang, Rear   30.6 (777.9)
Maximum Payload
(includes occupants & cargo)
  1,000 lbs. (373 kg)
 

Accommodations (estimate)

Seating Capacity, Front   2
Headroom   41.3 (1,048.4)
Leg Room   41.0 (1,040.3)
Shoulder Room   55.8 (1,416.7)
Hip Room   55.6 (1,412.8)
Seat Travel   Driver–9.4 (239.5), passenger–9.4 (239.5)
Front Volume Index
cubic ft. (cu. meters)
  54.6 (1,545)
Maximum Cargo Width at Swing Tail Gate Opening   58.7 (1,490.4)
Distance Between Wheelhouses   44.7 (1,135.6)
 

Body And Chassis

Layout
  Longitudinal front engine, four-wheel drive
Construction   Ladder-type frame, open steel body/bed
     

Suspension

Front   Live axle, leading arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar,
low-pressure (on 16-inch wheel packages) gas-charged shock absorbers—std.; Monotube high-pressure (on 17- and 18-inch wheel packages) gas-charged shock absorbers—std. Rubicon;
Electronic Sway Bar Disconnect System (ASDS) opt.
 
Rear   Live axle, trailing arms, track bar, coil springs, stabilizer bar, low-pressure (on 16-inch wheel packages) gas-charged shock absorbers—std.; Monotube high-pressure (on 17- and 18-inch wheel packages)  gas-charged shock absorbers—std. Rubicon
 
     

Steering

   
Type   Power, recirculating ball with damper
Overall Ratio   16.7:1 overall
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb)   34.9 ft. (10.62 m.)
Steering Turns (lock-to-lock)   3.5
     

Brakes

   
Availability   Standard—All
Power Assist Type   10 (254) single-diaphragm vacuum
Four-Wheel Anti-Lock with on- and off-road calibrations   Standard
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)   Standard
Parking Brake Type   Drum-in-hat
Front Size and Type   11.9x1.1 (302x28) vented rotor with 2.6 (66) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (total front)   190.8 sq. in. (1,230.97 sq. cm.)
Rear Size and Type   12.44x0.47 (316x12) solid rotor with 1.9 (48) single-piston floating caliper
Swept Area (total rear)   55.4 sq. in. (357.6 sq. cm.)
     

Wheels

   
Availability   X Standard
Type and Material   Painted Steel
Size   16x7.0
Availability   X Optional
Type and Material   Painted Cast Aluminum
Size   16x7.0
Availability   Sahara Standard
Type and Material   Painted Cast Aluminum
Size   17x7.5
Availability   Rubicon Standard
Type and Material   Machined Cast Aluminum
Size   17x7.5
Availability   Sahara Optional
Type and Material   Painted Cast Aluminum
Size   18x7.5
     

Tires

   
Availability   X Standard
Size and Type   P225/75R16, On/Off-Road, Black Side Wall
Mfr. and Model   Goodyear Wrangler ST
Revs per Mile (km)   712 (1,146)
Availability   X Optional
Size and Type   P245/75R16, On/Off-Road, Black Side Wall
Mfr. and Model   Goodyear Wrangler SRA
Revs per Mile (km)   687 (1,106)
Availability   Sahara Standard
Size and Type   P255/75R17, On/Off-Road, Outlined White Lettered
Mfr. and Model   Goodyear Wrangler SRA
Revs per Mile (km)   661 (1,064)
Availability   Sahara Optional
Size and Type   P255/70R18, On/Off-Road, Outlined White Lettered
Mfr. and Model   Bridgestone Dueler 693
Revs per Mile (km)   653 (1,051)
Availability   Rubicon Standard
Size and Type   LT255/75R17, Off-Road, Black Side Wall
Mfr. and Model   BFGoodrich Mud Terrain
Revs per Mile (km)   650 (1,046)

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