After years of making mockups and tempting drivers with the idea of a Jeep pickup truck, it’s finally happening late in the 2019 Jeep Wrangler model lineup. The details are still getting refined, but it is confirmed that this vehicle is happening and that it’s going to be just as capable as the rest of the Jeep lineup. Here’s what we know so far:
The last time Jeep offered a pickup truck was in 1992 in the form of the Jeep Comanche, however, they started releasing concepts for another one as early as 2005 with the Gladiator Concept. There were a few others to keep the cult following interested, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the new Jeep Wrangler Pickup would happen.
Unfortunately, due to production concerns with other Jeep vehicles, the projected date that this new truck would hit the line has been pushed back by two years from the original plan. But Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed that it would be on the production line in late 2019. The plant in Ohio where the new Jeep Wrangler truck will be made is currently undergoing an upgrade process to accommodate the new line requirements.
Since that announcement, we’ve seen spy photos and detailed renderings that provide a realistic idea of what this truck is going to look like. Predictably, it will look predominantly like a Jeep Wrangler but with a truck bed in the back. It will be available in both a two-door, as well as a four-door option. The LED daytime-running lamps look to resemble the same headlights slated for the 2018 production of the Wrangler, and the rear lights look to retain their classic rectangular shape. We anticipate discovering more details as more prototype vehicles are spied on the roads.
The Jeep Wrangler pickup truck might receive a revived name from vintage editions of Jeep’s lineup, but that information has yet to be released. The truck will be hitting showrooms alongside a newly redesigned Jeep Wrangler SUV, so we have plenty to look forward to from this lineup.
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