This Tricked-Out Concept Truck Was Built By Automotive Design Students

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It's no secret that America makes the world's best pickup trucks, but that doesn't mean there aren't some intriguing examples being built across the pond.

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Enter the Skoda Mountiaq concept pickup. Apprentices at the Volkswagen-owned Czech automaker's vocational school spent more than 2,000 hours into crafting the flaming orange one-off to show off their automotive design skills.

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Beginning with Skoda Kodiaq crossover, the students reinforced the body before chopping off the roof to create room for a flat bed, fully-integrated tailgate and new windows. 

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To give it more off-road capability, they also lifted the body up to 11.5 inches and equipped 17-inch wheels with off-road tires. And that's just the beginning. 

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Gear Patrol has further details: 

If there was an overlanding mantra, it’d have to be, “Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize” — and that they did. 

The snorkel air intake standing proudly ready for business up front is probably the first thing an onlooker might notice.

Below that is mounted a custom-built brush guard housing a specially-designed winch for the worst off-road problems that come along.

The addition of a full light bar and fog lights, as well as grill, engine bay and bed lighting, shows a playful mixture of practical and creative illumination choices.

The student designers even added a refrigerator, a pair of walkie-talkies, and myriad special Montiaq logos throughout the truck; you can spot them stitched into the seats and featured on the 3D-printed wheel hub ornaments.

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Busy, but interesting. If we have one major complaint, it's that they didn't swap out the stock turbocharged, 2.0-liter inline-four for something that packs more than a paltry 187 horsepower. 

Nice try kids, but we'll take Hennessey Perfromance's 1,000-horsepower Jeep Gladiator over the Skoda Mountiaq any day.