Jeep to Make Pickup, Likely in 2018

Jeep J12 1 II

The constant rumors swirling around Jeep producing a pickup truck finally have been confirmed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne during an interview at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

According to the Detroit News, Jeep will be including a pickup truck variant based on the Wrangler platform when the small, off-road-savvy SUV is updated and redesigned for 2017.

Over the years, Jeep has created several concept pickups — the most recent were the Gladiator and the J-12 — but none have received the green light for production due to cost and sluggish midsize pickup sales. Now, with the Wrangler redesign on the horizon and modest sales growth in the midsize pickup segment, the table is set for production of an improved Wrangler and an unnamed Jeep pickup with a traditional ladder-frame chassis. They will both be produced in Toledo, Ohio. We've been skeptical in the past, but with the strong success of Jeep both nationally and internationally, FCA leadership is now willing to take the risk. 

Although not much is known about the next-generation Wrangler, rumors persist that much of the body will be aluminum to save weight and help with fuel economy. Our guess is that an eight-speed transmission is in its future as well. The pickup truck will likely have a longer wheelbase than the current Wrangler Unlimited model, and it will be long enough to accommodate a 5-foot bed.

Companies like American Expedition Vehicles have successfully converted Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models into pickup trucks but also offer many axle and engine upgrades as part of their "check-the-box" business model. We hope to hear more about the new Wrangler and the coming Jeep pickup by next year.

Cars.com photo by Mark Williams

 

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Jeep's CEO already pretty much confirmed that aluminum will not be the choice for the JL and JT models.

Basically the same as current JK, with a few minor updates and larger powertrain updates, and a few safety odds and ends thrown in like a non-foldable windshield. 3.0 diesel option. 4-cyl turbo base engine on Sport. 3.6L gas upgraded for the rest of the lineup.

I was hoping the fall of 2016 the jeep truck would be offered. I own two jeeps now a '55 & a '99 wrangler. Beng a ex jeep mechanic I love jeeps.

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