What We Know About The New Jeep Pickup
The last time Jeep sold a pickup truck was over two decades ago when the Jeep Comanche MJ was discontinued in 1992. Since the Comanche was yanked from production, Jeep has only released SUVs in a range of sizes. Since that time there have been multiple rumors regarding the possibility of a new pickup truck, rumors that were refueled when Jeep released the Gladiator Concept in 2005. We don’t have to rely on rumors any longer as the company confirmed that a pickup truck based on the popular Wrangler would be a reality. While there is a modified pickup created by American Expedition Vehicles, this will be the first official truck in over twenty years. Jeep drivers across the country are getting excited, so let’s take a closer look at the information about the new vehicle.
Announcement and Release
Earlier this year, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne officially confirmed that the next edition of the Wrangler would include a pickup version. Jeep CEO Mike Manley was interviewed at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in the year where he confirmed that the truck would arrive late next year after the next generation hits the market. Drivers will still have to wait another few months—but that’s nothing if you’ve been waiting twenty years.
Part of the reason we have to wait is that the Wrangler will receive a new platform. Production of the SUV will begin late next year, and the current generation models will still be built until March 2018. Although it’s early, experts have managed to piece together some key information about the new platform that will underpin the pickup. It will have the familiar body-on-frame construction, but it’s rumored that the body will be composed of aluminum. Experts believe that the lightweight alloys will boost fuel economy, similar to the Ford F-150. While it’s too soon to tell for sure, there are rumors that the new vehicle will also have hybrid and diesel versions.
Don’t expect the new truck to receive the Hellcat V8. Although the company developed a heavily modified Wrangler V8 earlier this year, it doesn’t look like this will be an option for the pickup. Instead, drivers looking for the highest horsepower should look at the Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat that should arrive next year. However, there are rumors that Jeep is working on a new turbocharged engine called the “Hurricane.” This four-cylinder engine should deliver 300 horsepower and improve fuel economy. The current theory is that the new engine would be an option on the truck body while the familiar 3.8-liter Pentastar V6 would be standard.
We will have to wait and see what the next generation brings to the table, but we hope that the combination of rugged style, off-road capability, and raw durability translates into the new pickup.