WITH the imminent release of the JL Jeep Wrangler, and its Double Cab pick-up variant in 2018, American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) is calling last drinks on its W Expedition Vehicles (AEV) is calling last drinks on its bespoke JK Brute pick-ups.
AEVís JK Brute Double Cab was first seen back in 2011 following on from single-cab Brutes from the previous TJ Series Wrangler. These special vehicles had off-road hardware including V8 Hemi engine conversions, high quality suspension components and AEVís own bars and protection parts. As such they have commanded high prices yet remain much sought-after vehicles.
AEV said it expects a high demand of orders for new Brute Double Cabs leading up to March 31. A right-hand drive JK Brute by AEV would be a first, as the company has yet to do one.
An AEV Brute Double Cab build starts at around US$42,000 over the price of your donor Jeep Wrangler, but accessories such as Hemi engine conversions and specific suspension components soon see the price skyrocket to above the US$100K mark.
The JL Wrangler wagon goes into production at the end of 2017 with the pick-up to follow in 2018, along with Australian deliveries.
We expect AEV will continue to offer its quality parts and packages for the new variants as well as JK models, but will not need to custom-build its own truck.