Since 1997, American Expedition Vehicles have garnered a reputation for building some of the best off-roading and overlanding vehicles on the market. Whether it be one of the Wranglers or the Colorado ZR2 Bison, every AEV product is made to handle whatever their owners throw at them. Now, they’ve introduced yet another package for Ram Heavy Duty trucks from 2019 and up: meet the AEV Prospector.
Joining the company’s current lineup below the top-tier XL model, the AEV Prospector brings many of the same visual upgrades as the range-topper for a more affordable price. The package includes a whole catalogue worth of AEV parts, including their 3-inch DualSport RT suspension lift system, stamped steel front bumper, front bumper low tube, rear bumper, and non-winch cover plate. Other tweaks from AEV’s parts bin include the addition of their front park assist fog light bezels, IP Cluster, ProCal Module, and AEV logo headrest. The visual changes are rounded out by the AEV branding package, Mopar fender flares, and 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain or Mud-Terrain Tires.
While the AEV Prospector doesn’t come with fan-favorite upgrades like the AEV HighMark Fender Flares or the hydraulic-assist steering upgrade, it doesn’t skimp out on equipment. The new package also brings a more subdued look than the full-blown Prospector XL, which some buyers may prefer. The AEV Prospector package is quite a bit more affordable too, with a starting price of $13,300 before the cost of the donor truck. The AEV Prospector XL package starts at $17,549.
It is clear at this point that the off-roading pickup segment will not be slowing down anytime soon. With automakers themselves continuing to roll out more focused models, it’s no surprise to see AEV flesh out their own portfolio. Now if only they’d build us an AEV interpretation of the Ram 1500 TRX.