The idea of a pickup truck based on the Jeep Wrangler is something that’s been around similarly as long as the rumor of an impending mid-engined Chevy Corvette. But it never really reached production, despite Jeep even producing a concept of a Wrangler pickup.
But some reason reports revisiting the topic, along with some spy photos, surfaced to confirm that Jeep is definitely working on a Wranger pickup, and these latest spy shots are proof.
It’s a bit surprising how Jeep went this long without officially producing a Wrangler-based pickup, as both Wranglers and pickup trucks in general are outrageously popular. Both are often bought by the same people and thus, it would seem like a no-brainer for Jeep to make one. But for as long as Jeep has been around to produce anything resembling a Wrangler and prior, a pickup was never officially part of the family.
These spy photos of what clearly is a Wrangler-based pickup however prove that one is on the way in a likely bid to compete with the recently launched Chevrolet Colorado, along with the Toyota Tacoma.
The word on the street is that a new 2.0L turbocharged four with 300hp will be available, along with a hybrid and a highly-desired diesel engine, with a ZF-sourced automatic.
FCA plans to invest $700 million in total into the Wrangler’s Toledo, Ohio-based plant for the next-gen Wrangler, with production scheduled to commence sometime in 2017. The pickup is expected to follow a year later in 2018.
– By: Chris Chin