After the launch of the new Gladiator, one of the things that come to mind is what’s going to happen with the aftermarket outfitted Jeep Brute. For many years, this was the only way to get a pickup version of the legendary Wrangler SUV. However, things are different these days, as there is such a version that comes directly from FCA’s assembly. Of course, benefits from the new Gladiator are obvious, particularly in terms of the price, as the cheapest conversion costs over 40.000 dollars. Add to this at least 25.000 dollars for the base Wrangler SUV and it becomes obvious that the new Gladiator is a much better deal compared to the version that comes from AEV, the 2020 Jeep Brute is significantly higher.
Still, does this mean that the Gladiator killed the Brute? It’s hard to say at this point. Still, there are several reasons to believe that AEV version still has a future, if the company is ready to adapt to new conditions.
2020 Jeep Brute Single Cab Versions
Obviously, this is where the 2020 Jeep Brute can still make good sales numbers. The original version from AEV came in such manner, based on a three-door Wrangler. Considering that the Gladiator comes in a double cab version only, this may be a perfect opportunity to make some profit.
Still, one thing has to change and as you may presume, that would be the price. No one is going to pay more than 60.000 dollars for a single cab Wrangler pickup when there is a double cab Gladiator that starts at 35.000. Therefore, the company may start to use cheaper components and parts, in order to offer a more attractive price. Another thing that comes to mind is the company may focus on older-generation models, for those enthusiasts that would love to get a vintage Wrangler pickup truck.
This is the aspect where still is plenty of room for AEV. Models from this company come with various upgrades compared to the standard Gladiator. This particularly refers to the chassis and suspension setup. After all, these trucks come with monstrous off-road tires, which is all something that could make 2020 Jeep Brute even a better off-roader than the Gladiator, although we have to say that the Gladiator is already an amazing off-road performer in any variant.
Another thing that comes to mind is available to get a more powerful engine. The current Gladiator comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, with around 285 horsepower. It is expected to come with a diesel unit in the near future as well. On the other side, we’ve got used from AEV to offer a version with bigger FCA engines, HEMI units in particular. Previous versions were available with both 5.7- and 6.4-liter engines, even with significantly upgraded versions with 650 horsepower.
All these leads are to the conclusion that the 2020 Jeep Brute may also be an upgraded Gladiator. It makes perfect sense to skip the Wrangler conversion process and to focus on upgrading the factory’s pickup truck. Of course, these upgrades would include all kinds of things, starting from more powerful V8 engines and upgraded chassis and suspensions. Also, count on all kinds of visual upgrades that would make this truck even better and more aggressive.
When to expect 2020 Jeep Brute?
We may expect to see it pretty soon. At this point, there are no official reports about the new 2020 Jeep Brute, but some insiders suggest that this small but amazing company is already preparing interesting for Wrangler/Gladiator enthusiasts. We should find out more details in the near future.