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the "lower forty" and gladiator are pretty sick and look like they aren't just crazy concepts
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the "lower forty" and gladiator are pretty sick and look like they aren't just crazy concepts
Agreed, they could start production in a matter of weeks if they really wanted to I would suspect.

The Mighty FC would be easy to produce as well however crash testing might be a downfall.
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I'd love the FC!! Most N. American companies have shied away from building a solid front axle truck anymore. Thinking Americans prefer a better ride. Dodge and Ford still have them in 3/4 ton and larger but why not have a small diesel, solid front axle truck. Toyota makes one (Helix) but won't sell them here in states. That is the PERFECT 4X4 for me. If I want a diesel with a solid front axle I have to build it myself or buy a huge pig of a truck to get it. Now Jeep still put solid front axles in most of their vehicles, why not make a friggin' truck for chit sake!
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I think one of the reasons small and mid-sized trucks have all but disappeared is that development of full-sized trucks surged ahead (largely due to demand) to the point where new 1/2 ton pick-ups poached a lot of small truck sales. They were priced too competitively against the Ranger, Canyon/Colorado, Dakota et al and in some cases, get equal (arguable better) fuel mileage. AND, you get a more comfortable truck with more room.

Not to mention the Canyon/Colorado was never very competitive for a host of reasons.

The Nissan Frontier (also rebadged for awhile as the Suzuki Equator) is the only compact pick-up left.

I'd longed for a true mid-sized, diesel powered truck for years (and many other enthusiasts did/do) but the bottom line is, if the market truly was there and money to be made, the manufacturers would have been all over it.
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While I agree, the Toyota has probly sold more Helix trucks world wide than anyone else combined. They also last due to their hd construction. Look outside N. America and U will find the Helix doing everything offroad everywhere. That includes hodge podge armies that use them to mount heavy machine guns on. Not that I need one for that...
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While I agree, the Toyota has probly sold more Helix trucks world wide than anyone else combined. They also last due to their hd construction. Look outside N. America and U will find the Helix doing everything offroad everywhere. That includes hodge podge armies that use them to mount heavy machine guns on. Not that I need one for that...
no but maybe itd be cool to have a machine gun mount
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My favorite concept of all time by any company ever:

Jeep Hurricane








Weight (estimated): 3,850 lbs. (1,746 kg)
Length: 151.8 inches (3,856 mm)
Wheelbase: 108.1 inches (2,746 mm)
Front Overhang: 25.0 inches (635 mm)
Rear Overhang: 18.7 inches (475mm)
Width: 80.0 inches (2,033 mm)
Height: 68.2 inches (1,732 mm)
Track, Frt/Rr: 67.5/67.5 inches (1,715/1,715 mm)
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Transfer Case: Custom multi-mode with 1:1, 2:1 and 4:1 ratios
Transmission: 5-Speed automatic
Front and Rear Suspension: Long-travel, short/long arm independent
Ground Clearance: 14.3 inches (363 mm)
Break-Over Angle: 31.5 degrees
Approach/Depart Angle: 64.0/86.7 degrees
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Wheel Size: 20x10 inches
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I was actually at the Detroit auto show when they came out with this and pictures just don't do it justice you really have to see this beast in person.
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My favorite concept of all time by any company ever:

Jeep Hurricane








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Length: 151.8 inches (3,856 mm)
Wheelbase: 108.1 inches (2,746 mm)
Front Overhang: 25.0 inches (635 mm)
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0 radius turning


I was actually at the Detroit auto show when they came out with this and pictures just don't do it justice you really have to see this beast in person.
I assume the fronts are towed in when the rear wheels are towed out (for lack of better words)? What wheels get torque in this configuration?
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My favorite concept of all time by any company ever:

Jeep Hurricane








Weight (estimated): 3,850 lbs. (1,746 kg)
Length: 151.8 inches (3,856 mm)
Wheelbase: 108.1 inches (2,746 mm)
Front Overhang: 25.0 inches (635 mm)
Rear Overhang: 18.7 inches (475mm)
Width: 80.0 inches (2,033 mm)
Height: 68.2 inches (1,732 mm)
Track, Frt/Rr: 67.5/67.5 inches (1,715/1,715 mm)
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Break-Over Angle: 31.5 degrees
Approach/Depart Angle: 64.0/86.7 degrees
Tire Size: 305/70R20
Wheel Size: 20x10 inches
0 radius turning


I was actually at the Detroit auto show when they came out with this and pictures just don't do it justice you really have to see this beast in person.
The Hurricane and Gladiator I DEFINITELY agree on!!!!! The TrailHawk, in its original concept form was one of my personal favorites:







Looks like that concept has come to be in a slightly different iteration:



I would have liked to see the TrailHawk become it's own and not just an updated/special edition Grand Cherokee.

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