What We Know About the 2019 Jeep Pickup

Jeep-Gladiator-Concept-003 IIManufacturer image of 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept

 

Gear up for lots of talk about the coming 2019 Jeep pickup truck. Much of it will be coming from us; not because we have deep contacts within the Toledo, Ohio, production plant or at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters (although we might), but because we know you want to know what Jeep is planning.

You've seen the spy photos, but what do we really know about this pickup?

Just like Ram, Jeep is owned by FCA, which creates an interesting predicament because Ram is likely to offer a mid-size pickup in the future. And Jeep has some interesting competition to consider: the second-generation Honda Ridgeline, the all-new Nissan Titan lineup, the redesigned Ford F-150 Raptor and the soon-to-be-released Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, which we'll drive in May.

Clearly, other manufacturers have learned that it's easier to transform a desert runner into a rock crawler than it is to take a rock crawler and make it as proficient as a desert runner. Whether Jeep understands this is unclear. Maybe the guys at Ram (we're thinking Ram 2500 Power Wagon here) have explained this already; maybe not. Still, they should see it's no coincidence that both Ford and Chevy are following the same trail (although in different pickup classes) and are likely to have similarly successful results. But then again, neither Ford nor GM have a brand like Jeep or a customer base willing and able to embrace everything from extreme trail cliff climbers to racetrack dominators to all-wheel-drive micro-crossovers.

That has to make Ford and Chevy envious. Jeep will be taking a different approach because it has a different and, in many ways, more complex set of design requirements to hit because it has a wider set of goals to meet. A Jeep pickup must be capable, authentic, traditional and unique.

We've gathered some information from Jeep executives (who tend to communicate more with what they don't say than what they do) and suppliers who have already seen a few early prototypes. Although things could change significantly during the next few months, here are five things we know about the new Jeep pickup.

1. It Will Be a Mid-Size Player

But it will be large and long, and have four full-sized doors. It will not have eight-lug axles like a three-quarter-ton pickup — although Mopar could create one down the road — but it will be able to tow at least 7,000 pounds, which just happens to be a little less than the total weight of a good-sized double-axle trailer with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited on top.

2. It Will Have a Longer Bed

The bed will be at least 6.5 feet long with a few surprise storage tricks — think RamBox with more ingenuity. It wouldn't surprise us at all if there are things like cooler straps and bike rack latches built into a composite bed. And don't expect this to be a "pretend" bed box a la the Ridgeline or the Chevrolet Avalanche; the bed will be separated from the body of the truck, and there will be a reinforced ladder frame underneath. We'll also be curious to see exactly what the bed height will be given Jeep's penchant for higher ground clearance. 

3. It Will Offer a Strong Tow Package

There will be coils springs under the rear live axle, but that doesn't mean — as we've learned from the Ram 1500 — that the towing and load carrying will be compromised. We've already heard about an optional rear-end tow package that will stiffen and strengthen the Jeep's backside for those who need it. Remember, almost 75 percent of Colorados and GMC Canyons are equipped with a tow package (and it comes standard with the diesel engine option) — although many of those buyers don't tow. The Jeep needs to be a real pickup right out of the gate (not just a real Jeep) — unlike the Raptor when it was introduced with a much lower payload and towing capacity than anything else in the segment.

4. It Will Share the Wrangler's Interior

Both the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and the new pickup truck that follows for 2019 will be built in Toledo. Given the fact that this is the spiritual home of the popular four-door Wrangler Unlimited, you can bet there will be similarities between the Wrangler and pickup interiors. Although we're not positive, we're guessing that the new pickup also will get a fiberglass T-top option. Remember the convertible Dodge Dakota? Unlike the Dakota, it makes sense that a Jeep will be the pickup to bring back open-air access.

5. It Will Have a Diesel Engine Option

From the day Mike Manley took over Jeep in 2009, the current head of Jeep and Ram has talked about how much sense it made for a Jeep to have a diesel option available in the U.S. since they're offered on every other Jeep sold around the world. So you can bet this new pickup will have one when it debuts. The question is which turbo-diesel engine will Jeep decide to use? Will it be the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel (420 lb-ft of torque) that's already in high demand in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee? Or will it be the 3.0-liter inline-four-cylinder EcoDiesel (295 lb-ft of torque) used in the full-size Ram ProMaster van? No matter what the choice — could both be offered? — expect a torquey diesel option at launch or soon thereafter.

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Jeep Red Rock concept IIConcept Red Rock Responder built off Wrangler platform: longer wheelbase and frame rails under the bed area. 

 

 

Comments

Awesome! Bring it!

1. 6.5 foot bed. 4 full size doors. Large and long. What exactly qualifies it as a mid size? Width?

2. Whats the deal with the ecodiesel? Has it still not been approved by the epa for 2017? What is going on with the silence on this story? Seems like big news. did I miss something? Does anyone remember Marchionne saying that the ecodiesel would be going away in a few years? He said that a few years ago didn't he?

diesel and EPA

@beebe

The change in Washington last November further clouded any moves that FCA will make re a new diesel engine for a midsize truck. EPA and CAFE are probably going to morph into a more use friendly regulatory scheme, or be eliminated altogether in the next 10 years.

Many of the so called facts that formed the foundation of CAFE have since been proven false and EPA will be surely returned to its original mission of saving species that are at risk, birds, bugs, turles etc.

A 6.5' bed with 4 doors is a pipe dream. Not gonna do it.

"Four full size doors" so the concept Gladiator is not in the running.
I would like to see it to give a nod to the old school Willys.
You can bet it wont be anything like the svelte, sleek models from the competition.

Here's an Easter treat;
"Jeep" was what the military's armor division called it's untested half and three quarter ton prototypes. The 1/4 ton vehicles were called ''Peeps".

The name came from Eugene the Jeep that was Popeye's "jungle pet" and was "small, able to move between dimensions and could solve seemingly impossible problems".


I looked at the spy pics and it doesn't look like a 6 1/2 foot bed to me; although, I could be wrong.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/07/spied-2019-light-duty-jeep-pickup.html

FYI, AB has some comments on the bed size from the spy pics...

"The bed appears to be in the five-foot range, maybe slightly shorter than the standard box of a half-ton truck."

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/07/20/2019-jeep-wrangler-pickup-spy-photos/

The very size and price of a large crew cab pickup will eventually lead to them becoming out of range for most buyers. This will take some time but with increasing fuel economy and safety standards the prices of trucks will continue to rise. True you can get a large discount on a full size well equipped pickup but there is only so much discounting that the manufacturer will be willing to do. Also fuel prices will rise again. Now the manufacturers are doing well they might as well capitalize on the large pickup and suv craze but this will not last indefinitely. Ford and GM are in a much better position to transition to other types of vehicles and have had success in smaller and midsize crossovers and cars. FCA has more dependency on Ram and Jeep and does not have a competitive small and midsize crossover and cars.

Ford would be better with a true compact pickup in NA but I think that NA will have some form of the Global Ranger which is an excellent truck but will not give them a distinct advantage of being much smaller and more fuel efficient. Having said that I myself would be interested in the Global Ranger.

A big part of the future market for new trucks as well as any future new vehicles will be having enough good paying jobs to sustain the market for new vehicles especially those that are well optioned. Manufacturers will have more of a challenge to contain costs and meet the future efficiency standards while maintain prices that are affordable. There is a limit to how long you can extend a loan or how cheap you can make a lease. We will see more consolidations and mergers in the auto and truck manufacturing and more sharing of platforms and components. Containing costs and becoming more efficient will become more critical for the remaining manufacturers and more manufacturing will be outsourced to countries with lower labor rates.

I'm sorry Jeep has chosen to go with the mid sized crap! Ford is going with mid size on the new Ranger also. We need a Ranger like the one Ford left behind! Manufacturers are building these midsized crap that will soon become large trucks as large as the Silverado and F150. It's all about greed and gouging the public!

1. The very size and price of a large crew cab pickup will eventually lead to them becoming out of range for most buyers.

2. Also fuel prices will rise again.

@Jeff

Regarding number one. Over one million buyers said you are wrong in 2016. ditto 2015.

Regarding number two. Do you have a crystal balll? In 2011 everyone thought that Regular Unleaded was headed to 5.00 per gallon. They were wrong. Truth is, unless our elected representatives in Washington screw the pooch during the next few years (which is always possible) there's no sign of higher gas prices on the horizon. The world is awash with cheap crude oil and natural gas.

I'm sorry Jeep has chosen to go with the mid sized crap! Ford is going with mid size on the new Ranger also. We need a Ranger like the one Ford left behind! Manufacturers are building these midsized crap that will soon become large trucks as large as the Silverado and F150. It's all about greed and gouging the public!

Posted by: Jerry Hightower | Apr 16, 2017 4:52:43 PM

@ Jerry; I don't see your point together with others on this site constantly bitching Ford should go back to the size of the last generation US Ranger; I compared my '15 global Ranger to a buddy's '09 Supercab US Ranger; the difference in size is almost unnoticeable...I mean really & cannot see what the fuss is all about.

I guess guys like you (& papajim) stuck in the '70-80's really need to move on & change with the times; I love my current Ranger & the size is perfect (in fact within the same size as my '04 Lightning) & can almost do everything my full size '13 F150 XLT Crew cab can do & it fit's in my garage & never had a problem to find parking in the city...

Why is every midsized chevy truck going 70 mph in the fast lane on the interstate. They have become worse than Buicks, or are they the new Buick?

And there it is right out of the gate.
"it will be large and long, and have four full-sized doors".

IF.. this will be the only cab configuration (a 4 door) count me the F out!
I can deal with a extended cab, but a family wagon with a bed attached is NOT what I am waiting for.

It's starting to look like the only way to get a mid sizer with a diesel option that's not a 4 door soccer mom clown wagon is being left to Chevy trash or a unannounced Frontier. Nissan, which will most likely screw the pooch like they did with the epic failure called the Titan leaves little hope for what I want.

Kinda late for another April Fool's article. 10 years from now they will still be teasing us with more Jeep truck concepts and nothing will come of it.

Yuppie vehicle alert!

Kinda late for another April Fool's article. 10 years from now they will still be teasing us with more Jeep truck concepts and nothing will come of it.


Posted by: Red | Apr 16, 2017 8:52:02 PM

Buy one and quit crying. https://www.aev-conversions.com/vehicles/brute-double-cab

1. It Will Be a Mid-Size Player: Ummm... No. It may claim the mid-size label, but it's still going to be bigger than necessary. See following...
2. It Will Have a Longer Bed: As a mid-size, 6 feet should be all it gets, especially with "four full-sized doors."
3. It Will Offer a Strong Tow Package: Why? 2,000#, the maximum towable by the regular Wrangler is stout enough. As an off-road vehicle, the expectation is to CARRY the load, not drag it behind. But if you must, why does it have to be heavier than one ton?
4. It Will Share the Wrangler's Interior: Why is this even mentioned. Since it is obviously a Wrangler-based truck, would anybody even imagine it would have a RAM 1500's interior?
5. It Will Have a Diesel Engine Option: Probably the only piece of real information here. I'll give the diesel credit for offering great low-end torque but I wonder how well that will work out on the trails if someone forgets to carry a 5-gallon Jerry can on board filled with diesel instead of gasoline.

No, some of the above is simply unnecessary and while I was once intrigued with the potential, I was far more looking for something like the Gladiator concept pictured above instead of a full four-door model. Oh, it will sell well enough, but one based more on that '05 concept will very likely sell more units in the long run.

As much as I love a useable bed, I don't think a 6.5' bed with a full crew cab is what people are after. Jeep is synonymous with offroad, and to maintain your capability, you need to restrict the wheelbase a little. Offer the crew with a 5'0"-5'4" bed. Then build an extended cab with a 6'4"-6'8" bed on the same chassis. Just make sure the extended cab is reasonably comfortable for 4 adults. Maybe offer a short wheelbase for a single cab standard bed/extended cab short bed configuration. Who knows, maybe offer a single cab 8' bed on the long wheelbase too. Just structure everything to use as many common parts as possible to keep costs down.

1. It Will Be a Mid-Size Player

No surprise here. Yeah a compact truck would be nice but that's in general. I'd love to be able to buy something like Daihatsu Hijet 4x4 and tool around, but I sure as heck wouldn't want to haul people and gear in it up a mountain.

2. It Will Have a Longer Bed

The 6.5' bed and crew cab makes it not only ugly but absurdly long, like as long as my work truck. Unless you want to lift it have fun getting high-centered, though most people will never take theirs offroad. A 5' bed would be more ideal. Anything larger and you should step up to a fullsize truck.


3. It Will Offer a Strong Tow Package

Fine unless offroad capability, handling or comfort is sacrificed. Nobody buys jeeps to tow with and those who do don't haul heavy loads. That's looking to solve a problem that nobody asked for.

4. It Will Share the Wrangler's Interior

Durr

5. It Will Have a Diesel Engine Option

Great as long as it doesn't include that asinine dial shifter. Just as important I think would be to have a less anemic V6 or offer a V8, especially if you design a jeep like this for hauling four adults and a bed full of gear.

By reading this, I cannot tell if this is going to be a rock crawler or a desert runner or try like the Taco TRD-Pro and fail on both aspects. 2019? will not hold my breath for that date. Kind oof like the Ranger/Bronco, was 2018/1019, now it is 2019/2020

Chevy did the same thing on it's twins, dragging out the release year, so I ended up buying something else.

@Roadwhale-I predict over the next 10 years that the Global pickup will grow to a size between the current midsize (Global Colorado & Global Ranger) and the current half ton. This size will be the half ton having the same towing and hauling capacity of the current half ton but with about a foot less on the front due to the smaller turbo V-6s and possible smaller V-8s. The current midsize willd be obsolete by then it could be possible that manufacturers would offer a true compact pickup but that pickup will be based on a front wheel drive crossover to keep the costs down. It would be impossible for manufacturers to produce an affordable true compact pickup without sharing a platform. Even Hyundai realizes that to offer a true compact truck like the Santa Cruz that they will have to base it on the Santa Fe and share the same assembly line and components. As for 3/4 to 1 ton trucks if they are reduced in size it won't be by much since their sheer weight and power are needed for heavy duty tasks. On the other hand a change of EPA regulations could postpone any drastic changes that were to be implemented by 2025. Hard to know what will happen because a change in political majority to cause more stringent regulations in 4 to 8 years.

Jeff S - there already isn't much of a difference in size between current "mid-sized" pickups and full sized trucks.

We'll see. It's like waiting for Godot: I'll doubt its existence until it shows up.

If reliability proves good, a diesel would be the last truck I'd ever buy--certified used of course, since I'm a cheapskate.

Should add that a quad-cab would be a non-starter. I need something 4WD more nimble that my grossly oversized Chev. 6.5' bed and extended cab would be fine, standard cab...could live with it. Just don't need four doors.

They need to offer it in a extended cab to help reduce the price. Some of us don't want a 40,000 crew cab mid size. Offer the diesel in a plain jane trim too. Not like the diesel colorado i in crew cab z71 form.



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