The highly-anticipated Jeep Scrambler has been caught undergoing off-road testing on the Rubicon trail.
Posted by a member of the Jeep Scrambler Forum, the pictures show a heavily disguised prototype which appears to have some rear-end damage. While there isn’t much to see, the Scrambler is a crew cab pickup that is based on the redesigned Wrangler.
Much of the design carries over, but the Scrambler has a unique cab and a custom hard top. Of course, the biggest change is the addition of the rear bed. The truck will also come equipped with a new rear bumper and a spare tire that is located underneath the bed.
Jeep has been tight-lipped about the upcoming model, but previous reports have suggested the Scrambler will go into production during the fourth quarter of this year. The model should then arrive at dealerships by April of 2019.
When the model goes on sale, it will face stiff competition from a booming mid-size truck segment which includes the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. The Scrambler will likely be one of the most capable off-road, but the Colorado ZR2 isn’t exactly a slouch on the trails and it’s available in an extended cab configuration.
Regardless of which truck is more capable, the Scrambler should be offered with three different engines in the United States. The entry-level unit will likely be a 3.6-liter V6 that develops 285 hp (212 kW / 289 PS) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. We can also expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 270 hp (201 kW / 273 PS) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque as well as a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with 260 hp (193 kW / 263 PS) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque.