We've seen American Expedition Vehicles before and spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel of its impressive Jeep Brute and Brute DC pickup trucks, but now AEV has decided to move into a new realm.
Enter the AEV Ram Concept (boy, do we wish it had a better name than that, something like the AEV Monster Crawler seems more appropriate), which will debut at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show this week in Las Vegas.
At first glance this truck may look like the next-generation Power Wagon (which debuts next spring) from Ram, but it is actually a 2014 Ram 2500 Cummins-equipped heavyduty with a mountain of new AEV-designed parts and pieces.
The new Ram HD gets a 3-inch suspension lift (using the factory coils to keep as much of the factory ride as possible), custom AEV bumpers that incorporate wide-mouth fender flares able to accommodate a 40-inch tire at the end of each live axle, custom aluminum rims and an exclusive High Steer kit that keeps the steering geometry near stock even though it runs a suspension lift.
Although AEV is calling this off-road beast a concept, it wouldn't make the effort and investment in producing these parts if it didn't think this would be a perfect fit for sportsmen and outdoorsmen who could really enjoy this kind of rig. AEV products, because of how well they're designed and built, typically are more expensive than most of their competitors so we'd expect these bumpers, rims, suspension upgrades and other options to have premium pricing.
We're hoping to get a chance to test-drive this rig at some point next summer, so stay tuned for our full coverage on the trail and in the backcountry at a later date.
To download the press release, click here.