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by Norm Layton
American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) will rolled its new four-door 2012 AEV Brute Double Cab at the SEMA Show. Like the original two-door Brute, which debuted at SEMA in 2002, the Brute Double Cab used the latest JK Wrangler to deliver a powerful, unique four-door off-road machine.
By using an optional carbon-fiber bed, AEV kept the total vehicle weight down to only a little more than the Wrangler Unlimited.
The most popular request of Brute buyers was a four-door version.
The AEV Brute was developed independently of the Mopar R&D Lab. AEV founder and president Dave Harriton said, “We’re expanding the Brute series to a four-door platform that has everything people have come to expect from an AEV Brute, but with more interior room and the improved capabilities of the JK platform.
“The Brute Double Cab shares its DNA with the original Brute, but also draws inspiration from the Land Rover Defender 130, and was designed specifically for the expanding overland travel market. With seating for five and the storage provided by the fold flat rear seats, it makes for an ideal camping platform.”
The Brute Double Cab followed the same process as its predecessor. AEV started with a Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited and stretched the chassis by 23 inches for a final wheelbase of 139 inches. The overall vehicle length stands at 216 inches, a total increase of 30 inches, with a small frame extension at the rear to accommodate the pickup bed. The interior dimensions of the Brute Double Cab’s truck bed are 61”L x 60”W (44 inches between the wheel houses), for haul space.
The AEV 3.5" suspension is versatile for offroad use.
Harriton was quick to point out that the Brute Double Cab is not meant to be an alternative to a traditional pickup, but is designed to meet the needs of the overland market with more off road capability than a conventional four-door pickup and more cargo room and carrying capacity than a standard Jeep.
AEV made the Brute Double Cab as a turn-key vehicle in its Wixom, Michigan, facility.
AEV is headquartered in Missoula, Montana; a Tier 1 supplier to Chrysler, AEV nade front and rear bumpers, heat-reducing hoods, snorkels, wheels, suspensions, and Hemi conversion kits for the JK. The company has a 36,000 square foot facility in Detroit for conversions and distribution.
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