Posted: May 18, 2013
Reinventing The Good Ol’ Pickup
A closer look at the Jeep J12 concept truckBy Dan Sanchez
When Mopar introduced the JK8 package last year, a kit that transforms a Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup truck, the result was a huge success. So Jeep engineers went all out and created an entirely new concept truck called the J-12. The J-12 has the vintage appearance of the old Jeep Gladiator pickup, but with the refinement and reliability of a modern 2012 Wrangler; which is what this vehicle actually is.
The truck features a six-foot bed, chrome bumpers, and Gladiator-style front fenders and grille. On the inside, a white leather bench seat with plaid interior trim adds to the classic styling, as does the vintage floor-mounted shifter with a compass shift knob. But the rest of the dash, gauges, steering wheel and doors are all Wrangler.
Jeep engineers stretched the wheelbase 18-inches to accommodate a full-size spare tire under the bed. It also allows the J-12 to drive more smoothly under both extreme rock crawling conditions, as well as on the highway. The truck also uses TeraFlex anti-sway bars and large 36-inch- diameter Super Lug off-road tires, mounted on white-painted, steel 16-inch steel rims with chromed hubcaps. A set of Dynatrac D44 front axle and D-60 rear axles are also used. Both are equipped with ARB air-lockers. A Mopar three-inch suspension lift and Fox reservoir shocks give the truck extra ground clearance and smooth performance on the road. Despite the fact that the J-12 won’t be in production, it’s great to see that the gold ol’ pickup is still at the heart of modern automotive engineers.
The Jeep J-12 has a modern Wrangler interior, but engineers used a custom bucket seat with plaid accents to give the truck an old fashioned pickup truck feel.
With a modern dash that features satelite radio and navitagion, the Jeep engineers aded a retro-looking transmission and transfer case shifter.
The factory Wrangler 3.6Liter powers this truck and provides plenty of power and fuel efficiency. A Mopar air intake system was added to provide the J-12 with a little more power.