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The Video Teases Hotly Anticipated Projects Such As The AEV Jeep Gladiator, Prospector XL Ram HD, And Others

American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL
Photo credit: American Expedition Vehicles

This is the first time we’ve seen the next generation of products from American Expedition Vehicles that we’ve reported on in the months leading up to the 2019 SEMA Show. Not much else is known at this time, not even the color of the vehicles, thanks to the black and white color filter in the video. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful teaser for any and all off-roading and overlanding enthusiasts.

In the order of which they appeared in the video, they are as follows:

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison with high-clearance fenders

As previewed by the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Tray Bed Concept, this packages takes the ZR2 Bison to another level of capability with stamped high-clearance fenders that make way for larger 35-inch tires for enhanced off-road control. The genius of this setup is that, despite the larger tires, the pickup truck maintains a stock ride height, and therefore keeps the factory suspension geometry, which needs no touch-ups if you ask us.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Jeep Gladiator’s existence was heavily inspired by the pioneering work of American Expedition Vehicles and its Wrangler-based Brute pickup truck. But unlike the Brute, the Jeep Gladiator has the benefit of mass production, and this will allow the off-road upfitter to offer a Jeep truck once again, but at a far more agreeable price point.

2019 JL Jeep Wrangler

AEV started in a shop in Montana that specialized in modifying Jeep Wranglers. And this iconic SUV is the next chapter in the story, and the new JL Wrangler is sure to be the company’s most popular upfitting platform with several packages to choose from.

2020 AEV Prospector XL

Based on the all-new Ram Heavy Duty, the Prospector XL represents the biggest vehicle in the American Expedition Vehicles lineup, and will be the workhorse of the most demanding off-road adventures. Pictured up top, the Ram pickup truck will apparently have no shortage of lights to illuminate the gloom of the wide open nowhere.

Following the 2019 SEMA Show, American Expedition Vehicles will showcase more production-spec (read: no fancy paint or extra lights) at the 2020 NADA show in February, which is also in the Las Vegas convention center. Be sure to watch this space in the coming days for more American Expedition Vehicles news, as well as 2019 SEMA Show news.

American Expedition Vehicles Jeep Wrangler SEMA 2019
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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