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Jeep revisits its past with the Mighty FC concept

Jeep revisits its past with th...
Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control
Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control
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An original 1958 Jeep Forward Control (Photo: Christopher Ziemnowicz)
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An original 1958 Jeep Forward Control (Photo: Christopher Ziemnowicz)
Another one of the new Jeep/Mopar concept vehicles, the Jeep Gladiator-inspired J-12 truck
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Another one of the new Jeep/Mopar concept vehicles, the Jeep Gladiator-inspired J-12 truck
Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control
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Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control
Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control
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Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control
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Between the years 1956 and 1965, Willys (and subsequently Kaiser Jeep) built a vehicle called the Jeep Forward Control. Its cab-over design allowed it to have a full-length cargo bed, while keeping its overall length to a minimum – this made it more maneuverable than would otherwise be possible. Jeep and Mopar have now teamed up to revisit the Forward Control, in the form of the Jeep Mighty FC concept.

The Mighty FC is based on the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, although the cab has been moved up and ahead of the front axle, the wheelbase has been lengthened, and an eight-foot (2.4-meter)-plus drop-side cargo box has been added.

Some of the vehicle’s other features include a Katzkin leather interior, Mopar’s new heavy-duty offset Portal Axles, King coil-over reservoir shocks, Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch, a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system, and 40-inch tires mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch wheels.

Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control
Jeep and Mopar's new Mighty FC concept vehicle is based on the classic Jeep Forward Control

The Mighty FC is one of six concept vehicles that the two companies will be officially unveiling at the 46th Annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari, taking place in Utah from March 31st to April 8th. Some of the others include the Wrangler Rubicon-based Traildozer, a deluxe version of the Grand Cherokee known as the Trailhawk, and another nod to the company’s past, the Jeep Gladiator-inspired J-12 truck.

Source: Chrysler via Uncrate

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23 comments
socalboomer
Oh I Want This. Obviously not as primary vehicle, but for utility work this would be amazing! And it looks awesome as well!!!
Caimbeul
Cripes. I'd buy one in a heartbeat. Though only if it had a diesel mill.
BTW - Jeep also built a van version of the FC for the Swiss Post Office. They were still using them when I first went hillwalking in Switzerland in 1971.
Mr Stiffy
Ugly but very functional in the off road sense.
Rt1583
Absolutely awesome! Could even be used for daily use since it is based on the JK Unlimited and probably not as big as it looks in the photos. Although it would need to be diesel to make it a true contender for daily use.
Grunchy
This looks to be inspired more by Mercedes' Unimog than any old Jeep that I ever saw. Dodge got the Sprinter and it looks like Jeep got the Unimog. The only problem is that Chrysler is now owned by Fiat!
DOC HOLLYWOOD
Agreed.I'm all-in if they put a diesel in it. Just don't see them having the guts to green light something that is clearly "niche". Excellent concept.
William H Lanteigne
Add a drop-in or slide-in passenger module for the cargo box and I'm all in.
Mike Hallett
Looks promising, particularly the portal axles, and, as has already been pointed out, a decent turbo diesel would be the icing on the cake. Nice.
Dawar Saify
Looks like a Unimog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unimog
tswift998
Grunchy is right, this is a Unimog wannabe. And if they do a good job it should be a fine off-road vehicle. Most likly will not be made as DOC HOLLYWOOD pointed out too niche. It would be great if a car company made a real work truck, leave off all the heated seat crap that drives up the cost.