2019 Jeep Scrambler’s LA Auto Show Debut Confirmed As Sightings Continue

The wait for Jeep’s Wrangler-based pickup truck is almost over as the model’s LA Auto Show debut has been confirmed.

Not by Jeep, mind you, but by AutoMobility LA, the company that organizes the Los Angeles Auto Show that starts later this month.

In a press release about “more than 60 debut vehicles,” LA Auto Show organizers confirm the world premiere of “a pickup truck from Jeep.” In other words, the Wrangler-based Scrambler (JT).

Interestingly, Jeep hasn’t made an official announcement about the JT’s LA Auto Show debut. Therefore, we don’t know whether AutoMobility LA had the automaker’s approval to confirm the Scrambler’s debut.

Anyway, what matters is we’re only weeks away from seeing the truck without camouflage. Unfortunately, Jeep continues to keep test prototypes heavily covered, as this latest sighting proves.

Reddit user lukedennair spotted a Jeep Scrambler prototype yesterday in Detroit, Michigan. The photos prove the automaker continues to be very secretive about the new model. That’s because the truck is completely covered by a black “blanket”  blocking any design detail from view.

Still, we do know that the 2019 Jeep Scrambler will look very similar to the Wrangler — at least from the front bumper to the C-pillars. Behind the crew cab with a custom hardtop, there will be a truck bed with a spare wheel and Ram 1500 suspension underneath. The rear bumper will be different than the Wrangler’s too.

Don’t expect any changes in the engine compartment, though. The Scrambler will offer the same choices as the off-roader, namely a standard 285 hp 3.6-liter V6 and an optional 270 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel and a regular cab version may arrive after launch.

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Photo credits: lukedennair

  • charlotteharry57

    I simply fail to understand this vehicle. And spending $ on it instead of redoing, say, the Grand Cherokee, before it, which is beginning to look like a dinosaur. Assume the Scrambler was given the go-ahead before the Dakota was even considered. Can’t wait to see if it sells.

    • Dude

      The Grand Cherokee still sells very well. They won’t put money towards what’s not broken.

    • Emoto

      I am curious as well. Lots of people buy pickup trucks who do not actually need them. With 4 doors, maybe some of those folks will buy the Jeep. The “smaller than full-size” pickup market is something that I hope Jeep is able to grab a piece of. I think correct pricing will be an important factor. I would like to see this thing have a long model run, and be there as an option for me at some point in the distant future.

      I know there is a % of Jeep guys who will buy one of these, but each one of those means one less regular Wrangler sale, so that’s not exactly what FCA is hoping for.

  • Craig

    I don’t want a four door Wrangler pickup. I can’t remember the last time anyone was in the backseat of my car. Besides – I like the bigger doors that are on the two door models.

    • MarkoS

      Then get a 2-Door Wrangler.

      • Craig

        Will there be one?

  • MarkoS

    I am still hoping for the return of the Comanche nameplate.

    • Dude

      Maybe they’ll use it for a standard cab version of the Scrambler

      • MarkoS

        Hopefully just Comanche. The Scrambler name has not been confirmed.

  • Emoto

    It’s going to be fun to see this thing finally unveiled after all this time. I hope they release specifications when they reveal it.

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