Turn Your Volkswagen Jetta into a Pickup for $3500

Let's say you simply cannot wait and see if Volkswagen Amarok pickup ever comes stateside, and you're in possession of a Mark IV VW Jetta that you'd be willing to send under the knife. Good news — Smyth Kit Cars of Wareham, Massachusetts has your back with its Volkswagen Jetta Ute kit conversion pickup truck. Prost!

Smyth essentially conducts a trunk-ectomy on a Jetta sedan, also removing the rear doors. If this sounds like a hassle that's going to be more trouble than it's worth, consider that the conversion doesn't require moving the suspension or fuddling with the fuel tank or rear axle. All it will entail to turn your sedan into a Volkswagen Jetta Ute is bolting on a new rear section, new rear quarter panels, a tubular reinforced steel bed, steel roof supports and a rear sliding window, a steel tailgate, taillights, a center rear roll pan, and a full subframe to stabilize the cabin and new rear end.

Replacing the rear seat with an amount of cargo space usually reserved for small light-duty pickups, the Volkswagen Jetta Ute boasts the following bed dimensions: 68 inches deep, 17 inches tall, and 37 inches wide between the wheel well ramp tops (49 inches including the width of the ramps).

Recognize that rear end and taillight assembly? Pickup fans will remember it from the first-generation Ford Explorer Sport Trac. What the Volkswagen Jetta Ute doesn't borrow is its German underpinnings, which could include either a torquey diesel four-cylinder or powerful turbocharged VR6 six-cylinder engine depending on the donor car’s powertrain.

Not many would think to convert their humble VW sedan into a Volkswagen Jetta Ute kit truck, but those with mind for the funky and off-beat can get the whole swap done in a weekend for $3500 after a $500 initial deposit. It's a modest price for an undeniably unique kit car, and it's considerably sharper than a Subaru Baja or the unsightly Chevrolet SSR.

What do you think? Is it divine inspiration or sacrilege? Let us know in the comments below.

Michael Reeves
this is one super sweet looking little truck ...ordering one now
Rory Carter
Ali Kim it's all you
Love.  Tempted.
Jan Malamud
Good point.
Mark Smith
Savieros are cool...but in the U.S....
Mark Smith
It drives like a car at 90mph...a good thing
Noah Orr
How about a jetta tdi, diesel mini truck
Glenn Brown
Would only do it to a TDI
Russell Schmidt
sharp looking
Joey Fung
Would like to see a pickup conversion for a Mini Clubman.
Agustin Esqueda
Zane Cramer
I'd love to have a TDI model!
Drew Ebersole
Colin Cunningham Jessica Borrell Hahhaha
Michael Anderson
Thats really dumb
Tinna Ziday
Why would anyone want this?
Ben Walczak
Josh Osborne
Danilo Galindo
NO, thank you
Aaron Conté
Eric Glueckert
Too bad we don't get the Amarok.
Gram-me Sanders
Cory Allen
Gunnar Brown TDI though?lol
Cory Allen
Gunnar Brown what??
Austin Moore
50+ mpg with a tdi
Dakota Jacob Harms
Jordan Entz, Nathan Entz, Quentin Young
Eric Seeger
Das Camino
Alex Vanderhoof
Kevin Prime
Palito de Dente
In Brazil those small pickups are everywhere. Makes a lot of sense to single guys who like to haul things, wish they sold over here!!!!
Ross Mazin
Stephen Abbott
Looks pretty amazing. And considering how bland VWs look, it's a great way to boost sales.
Eric Seeger
Cool! I wish they could turn a Jetta wagon into a crew cab.
Tony Machado
Danny Lawson
Tony Machado
Rachael Cochran
Tyrone Mineard
Interesting and pretty cheap for such an extensive conversion.
Drew Wilkerson
Tony Machado
Jeff Gilleran
Agreed, but a truck doesn't net 30+ Mpg, and most people don't haul alot of things except Motorcycles and 4 wheelers, groceries and furniture.
Justin Emerson
Aaron Conté
Jordan Evans
Julian Agnew should read this
Fabrice R. Fils
Why not to buy a normal pickup? Dumb idea
Andrew Luptak
If I still had mine, I'd consider it. That's awesome.
Nick Lawrence
I like it!! Looking now for a donor.
Richard Hawkins
Sweet just be sure it's rwd
Luiz Ramos
u$ dolar?
Mark Schmidt
This is really cool!!! Looks like a fun little vehicle to drive
Rudy Gonzalez
Steve Speed
The VW ute is pretty cool but considerably sharper than the "unsightly" SSR?????? You gotta be kidding. I guess they don't call you  weiner for nothing.
Eduardo E Elida
Genio \U0001f602\U0001f44d
Jay Homewood
Don Dyche
Manual Tranny
Why not to write a grammar sentence?  :P
Eric Weiner
@Steve Speed Yea, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
Steve Speed
@Eric Weiner @Steve Speed Yeah, well, I guess we all have, like, opinions. Just don't see the need to insult a couple other cars at the end of the article just 'cause you don't happen to like 'em. What did that add to the article?

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