Mopar recently showed off some serious Jeep truck hotness at this year’s Moab Easter Jeep Safari! The vehicular hotty of which I speak is none other than the Jeep Nukizer 715 concept.
Let it be know far and wide that I love Jeep trucks! And, man, do I seriously love this ultra-sweet Jeep pickup concept from Mopar! With the recent Moab Easter Jeep Safari in the history books, Mopar’s official skinny on this super sweet Jeep pickup has been made available to the automotive media.
The official word from Chrysler is that the Jeep Nukizer 715 was conceived and built in tribute to the legendary Kaiser M-715 military truck. Consistent with the concept vehicle’s military heritage, Jeep appropriately based this one-of-a-kind Jeep pickup on a thoroughly modern military-spec Jeep J8. The sad part about this story is that there’s less than a snowball’s chance in south Florida of Chrysler ever bringing this beast into production. But oh, the inspiration for customization it will undoubtedly provide for owners of classic full-size Jeep pickups!
For additional details on this awesome truck, see the Jeep Nukizer 715 portion of the Chrysler press release provided below.
Jeep Nukizer 715
The Jeep Nukizer 715 is an all-purpose truck that pays homage to the beloved military-only Kaiser M-715 truck. With a military-issue Jeep J8 four-door, the Mopar team converted the vehicle into a pickup body style by adding an aftermarket AEV Brute pickup box built for a TJ. To increase the size of the vehicle, the wheelbase is stretched to 124 inches from 116 inches. Enforcing the brand’s iconic M-715 is a new front clip produced in carbon fiber that re-creates the characteristic forward slant of the M-715 truck. To top it off, Bestop provided a unique soft top which artfully captures all of the quirks of the original.
Drivetrain upgrades include beefy Dynatrac Pro-Rock Dana 44 front and Dana 60 rear axles filled with 5:38 gears and ARB Airlocker differentials. Power is distributed by an Atlas II transfer case spinning custom driveshafts from Tom Woods. To keep the military look, tires are 38-inch BF Goodrich Mud Terrains mounted on Hutchinson beadlock wheels.
The powerplant remains a J8-specific 2.8-liter turbo diesel I-4 that has been treated to a re-programmed controller for more boost. Fuel is supplied from a custom Gen-Right tank made specifically for this vehicle and mounts to the rear cross member.
For body protection, Mopar added Jeep Wrangler rock rails and off-road bumpers. Other features include a Warn 9.5XP low-profile winch equipped with a Master Pull synthetic winch line, Warn air compressor, Terraflex dual-rate front sway bar and Garmin GPS Map 640 navigation unit.
Engine: 2.8-liter turbo diesel I-4
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Overall height: 75.2 inches
Overall width: 78.6 inches
Wheelbase: 124 inches
Weight: 4,500 pounds
Tires: 38 x 14.50-R17 BF Goodrich KM2