Jeep’s Upcoming Wrangler-Based Pickup Truck Finally Spotted

After years of speculation, rumors and Jeep’s executives teasing us, it looks like we are going to get a proper pickup truck version based on the next Wrangler.

These are the first spy photos that finally prove that the first Jeep pickup truck since the 1992 Comanche is indeed happening, after concepts like the 2005 Gladiator, the 2012 J-12 and more recently the 2016 Crew Chief 715 that have never materialized.

The prototype you see here is wearing the four-door Unlimited body with a fairly sizeable bed hanging at the rear. Judging though by the placement of the rear wheels inside the wheel wells, we can safely assume that this is not going to be the final design, though.

The next-gen Wrangler, codenamed JL, is expected to enter production in Q4 of 2017. The pickup version, codenamed JT, will go into production in Q3 or Q4 of 2018, making the new model a MY2018. Both of them will be built at the Toledo plant.

Jeep has developed a new chassis for both models, focusing on weight-saving materials. Reports are suggesting though that there will be limited usage of aluminum in the platform’s construction.

Expect to see the new Wrangler generation with a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, a 3.6-litre V6 and a turbo diesel engine. Jeep is currently toying with the idea of offering also a plug-in hybrid variant but only if it will fit the proper off-road character of their iconic model.

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  • Gerald Michael

    Actually, it was “finally” spotted last week.

  • whoof!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks like we expected it to – that is, pretty good.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Gotcha Bitch!!!

  • Finkployd

    doesn’t look so thrilled by the situation :/

  • Ilbirs

    For now this thing looks to me as a test mule using a cab made by distorting a Wrangler Unlimited body and grafting a narrowed RAM 1500 Crew Cab 5’7 bed. Look at the rear doors that have the same shape as the ones found in the Unlimited, while would be expected in a normal production model to have a more rectangular shape as there’s no rear axle so near for the bottom part to follow the wheel wells lines. All those canvas also means some form of getting all the lens to the product still in its test mule phase, as this heavy camouflage would not pass unnoticed by anyone even the least enthusiast one.
    For now I wouldn’t tell much thing beyond the fact that we’re seeing something in a still early stage. FCA is using a strategy in which test mules ride the open world until months that are very near to the release date. This is what happened with the Fiat Toro, for example, that was seen for a long time before its release wearing deformed Linea body parts and only nearing its release was seen in its actual lines, initially very disguised. This strategy worked well for this product, now Brazil’s leading compact truck in a market that has big dogs like Hilux, S10 (world version of what North America calls Colorado) and Ranger.

    Maybe FCA is planning a dual-product strategy for compact trucks in North America, as the Toro was seen being tested in U.S. not long ago. A rebadged Toro not only would fill the sub-1500 niche in RAM portfolio but could also appeal to people not that conservative when comes to the way it’s built, as it’s unit-bodied and derives from the same SUSW platform used in the Renegade. But, as it’s meant to compete against BOF trucks sold in Brazil, it needs to be way more rugged than a Ridgeline. As Toro’s size matches that of compact trucks like the discontinued U.S.-made Ranger, it’d also appeal for people that consider the current products on the segment too bloated to be called compact. For those wanting a more traditional approach, the Wrangler-derived one would be a perfect fit and also would drive to Jeep’s dealer network other crowds than just the ones wanting something as specific as a Wrangler, something that would also help paying the costs of this new project.
    For sure other parts of the world would love to see this new Wrangler and its truck sibling being sold or even built there. We must remember that as Mitsubishi is now 34-percent owned by Nissan, maybe the Fiat Fullback will be a product with a short lifespan, as now there are talks about a next-gen Mitsubishi L200 that would share platform with a next Frontier, or a product with a limited geographic area to be sold, as Mitsu and now Nissan wouldn’t want to build their own competition. A Wrangler-derived product would not have these problems and could be sold in the Jeep network, that in some parts of the world have points of sale built next to Fiat ones, a strategy that is working very well in places where Fiat is strong. Maybe this new Wrangler could trail part of the same trail that made their CJ precursors the global icons that still are even after discontinued.

    • Matt

      The use of the Unlimited’s angled rear doors could be simply down to cost-saving. Toyota does it with the dual-cab Land Cruiser 70 series.

  • Ken Lyns

    Is the pickup platform name JT or JP?

  • getoffme

    We all know it will be trash.

  • Knotmyrealname

    love the fact that they have flown a spy drone into the proving ground to take the shots.

  • geddaklew

    I just saw a brand new one in the parking lot of the Home Depot at Cactus Road and Cave Creek Road, in Phoenix on July 30th, 2017, in the afternoon. It was silver or pale blue and I drove side by side with it going east on Cactus Road for half a mile before I had to turn off. Must have been a beta-model because Jeep has not released it yet. Year after year, they keep pushing back the date, til it was going to be late this year (2017). After seeing the beta pickup, I asked different Valley Jeep dealers if it was going to be released soon. My dog has more information, and he is dead. The latest that I can find online, is that they will put it off til late 2018, adding yet another year, if you even believe them anymore. I will not wait anymore. For less money, I will import a Toyota Landcruiser Pickup, and will have to suffer with better mileage, less maintainence, no repairs, and an engine that will last twice as long, and I can get it now. It is obvious that Jeep does not want the business.

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