2019 Jeep Scrambler: Here’s What To Expect From The JL-Based Pickup Truck

Jeep hasn’t offered a pickup in the United States since the Cherokee-based Comanche went out of production in 1992 but that product drought is finally coming to an end.

Set arrive at dealerships early next year, the 2019 Jeep Scrambler will become the spiritual successor the CJ-8 Scrambler which went out of production in 1986. While sales of that particular model were relatively limited, Jeep has high hopes for the new truck as Wranglers are currently flying off dealer lots.

Recently spotted by Carscoops reader Brett Borgard (again!), this latest batch of Scrambler photos reveals two heavily camouflaged prototypes while their drivers were making a pit stop at a gas station in Colorado. Despite the disguise, there’s no hiding the fact that the Scrambler will be heavily based on (and influenced by) the new Wrangler.

While the two models are similar, the truck features a shortened cab and a unique hardtop. Of course, the biggest differences occur out back as the Scrambler has been equipped with a relatively short rear bed and a model-specific rear bumper. We can also see the spare tire is mounted underneath the bed instead of its usual location on the tailgate.

Recent reports suggest that the upcoming Jeep Scrambler will borrow the rear suspension from the RAM 1500, so it’s more than likely that the differences between Jeep’s pickup truck and the Wrangler JL will expand to more areas other than the bed.

Having a proper pickup-derived rear suspension means that the Scrambler will offer a bigger towing capacity and payload than the Wrangler. It’s what pickup trucks are made for in the first place. The chassis will also feature beefier axles. Other sources say that the Scrambler will be offered only with a four-door bodystyle at launch, so those waiting for a two-door version (and a longer bed) will have to wait more.

Engine options will carryover from the Wrangler and this means the base model should be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine developing 285 hp (212 kW / 289 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. Buyers looking for something more eco-friendly should be able to order an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 270 hp (201 kW / 273 PS) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque. The latter engine enables the five-door Wrangler to return an extra 2 mpg combined and the Scrambler should also post similar numbers.

Finally, we can expect a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with 260 hp (193 kW / 263 PS) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque. This particular engine will allow the Scrambler to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon which both offer an optional 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine producing 186 hp (135 kW / 188 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque.

Production is expected to begin in early 2019, with sales to start a few months later. Given Jeep’s timetable, that means we’re going to see the new Scrambler getting revealed either by the end of this year or early next year.

The article was updated with additional photos and reporting, the latter by Michael Karkafiris

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  • ProtectOurHeritage

    Awesome news! This may just end up being the best looking truck on the market.

  • Craig

    Make a TWO door version and I’ll fall in love.

  • MonkeyRider

    In those photo, IP and door panel is from JK.
    Hope the final product will be updated JL interior.

  • Bo Hanan

    An instant collectable who’s novelty will ware off quickly with the owners 1st attempt to load its bed with a “real load.” Better off buying and parking it for 25 years, and then get a Ford F150.

    • MarkoS

      Not its purpose.

      • Bo Hanan

        What is its purpose MarkoS?

        • MarkoS

          “Real Loads”

          • Bo Hanan

            Not with that small (read: shallow) bed.

          • MarkoS

            READ; Not its purpose. This is a more practical Jeep with room for some bikes or outdoor gear. Just as practical as other mid-sized short-beds or almost full sized short beds. This is a small road, mountain friendly package.

  • Dude

    Can’t wait to see these everywhere I live. Future buyers are probably already think about how annoyingly loud they can make the exhaust. Protip: If you want decent car culture, don’t live in the middle of Missouri 😢

  • :/ Yurr

    I’m sure it’ll look good. But the Ford Ranger looks the best to me so far in this segment also the Chevy Colorado…hopefully it’ll look better soon😓.

  • MarkoS

    Depending on Pricing and model structure I really do not see this taking too big a bite out of the existing Mid-Sized truck market, The Tacoma Off Roads and Colorado ZR2 being the only real competition. I see this taking a bigger bite out of the Full Sized truck market for those wanting Real Truck Credentials in a smaller, nimbler, Mountain Friendly package that are not looking to tow or haul big loads.

  • Emoto

    It is going to be interesting to see how the market takes to this new model. It seems like the departure angle would be improved by getting the spare out from under the back. I would like to see this next to a 4-door Wrangler to see overall length and wheelbase differences. Will it be the same chassis with different suspension components and different body parts, or will this have its own chassis?

  • donald seymour

    Shake up? It aint about to shake up the market, it’s about to rape the market.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    I’m pretty optimistic about this…

  • Ken Lyns

    Photo 75/104 shows the Rubicon’s electronic sway bar disconnect is in place. Woohoo!

  • Ilbirs

    The Scrambler is the truck that I’d like to be the world-spec BOF compact one for FCA instead of what is called “RAM metric ton truck” announced in the recent five-year plan, specially considering the fact that Jeep is a world brand even before FCA was born, while RAM is something that was created from a rib taken from Dodge. It’d be great to see the Scrambler also being used as an attractor of other public for Jeep around the world other than SUV customers, while a sub-1500 for RAM could be a Fiat Toro rebadge being built on the same units that already build other SUSW models.
    As we’ll have the RAM metric ton truck, there’s the doubt if it could be underpinned by the same Scrambler’s frame, as this would cut some phases on product development. I don’t think that a specific frame would be developed for a product roughly the same size, despite the possibility of having something like what Toyota has for its compact trucks (Tacoma for NA, Hilux for the rest of the globe).

  • lagunas3ca

    Thought this was out… they’re all over Michigan without camo and look goofy as hell.

  • Emoto

    “sources say that the Scrambler will be offered only with a four-door bodystyle at launch, so those waiting for a two-door version (and a longer bed) will have to wait more.”

    Really? Is a 2-door with a long bed based on anything approaching reality?

  • botornot387

    This is going to sell like crazy. Can’t wait to check these out in person. The Wrangler pickup has been a long time coming since that concept from so long ago.

  • Thunderbolt

    Why does it need to be tested? isn’t it similar to the Jeep Wrangler Limited with the exception of a truck bed.
    What a waste of time and money!

  • Eileen Carman

    Looks a bit clunky. The 4 doors will provide the crew cab, and the bed will help a lot.

    I used to drive a 1947 Wyllis Jeep truck. It was dark green. It had a 6 Volt system, didn’t really zoom too very fast, but loved to drive it and wish I had it still.

  • Terry O’Hara

    Don’t buy ANYTHING Wrangler before googling DEATH WOBBLE and FAULTY JEEP WELDS first. It could save your life…

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