We’ve been clamoring for a compact, diesel-engined pickup for years here at Gas 2. We lust heartily for Ford’s “forbidden fruit” Ford Ranger, which combines city-suitable dimensions with awesome, train-hauling power. We lusted after Volkswagen’s sexy, European Amarok. We’re waiting to see what happens with GM’s upcoming diesel compact pickups, but even so – what we really want is something a bit smaller still. Something like the Jetta wagon-based VW pickup shown here that, with VW’s existing TDi dirvetrain, should be good for over 50 mpg!
The tiny truck – or “ute” in Australian/car-guy parlance – is based on the MKIV version of the Golf/Jetta twins, and was gutted, cutted, and welded into its current form by UK-MKIVs forum member Stancer back in 2011. It looks like the little truck is still on the road, however. Likely as not, it’s turning heads wherever it goes. I know the little VW pickup would turn heads here in Chicago, at any rate!
You can head on over to the original build-thread and surf through all 672 posts (as of this writing) on your own, or just check out a few of my favorite VW pickup conversion pics, below. Enjoy!