Jeep Eying Wrangler-Based Pickup?
It seems like Jeep enthusiasts have been anticipating a Jeep Wrangler pickup for years. The brand teased a concept pickup, the Jeep Gladiator, in 2005, but we haven’t seen much traction since then. There was of course the Wrangler JT concept (a two-door Wrangler pickup built on a four-door Wrangler Unlimited chassis) at the Jeep Easter Safari in Moab in 2009, but that plan also didn’t go anywhere.
Well, good news! We may finally be getting our wish. Before you head out to look for used Jeeps for sale in Colorado Springs, see why you may want to hold off for Jeep’s upcoming truck.
Larry P. Vellequette of AutoNews.com reports that a Jeep midsize pickup could begin production in 2017 or 2018. While the initial report suggested that production would depend on Jeep’s future at the Toledo, Ohio plant, we’ve learned in recent days that the brand’s production will in fact continue at their historic home. In a separate article, Vellequette notes that Cherokee production will likely be transferred to another plant, opening the door for a Jeep pickup.
“We found a solution that accommodates a variety of other interests to us because of the way in which we can move some product around,” CEO Sergio Marchionne said. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist [to know] that the only way I can move around the Wrangler is to move it into the other Toledo plant.”
Little details are known, and we’re expected to learn more when the plan is announced following Fiat-Chrysler Automobile’s contract talks with the United Auto Workers (the contract expires in mid-September). Vellequette notes that the truck “will use many Wrangler suspension and powertrain components, but will have a shorter bed than other midsize pickups.” The writer also wonders where the truck would be Gladiator-sized or smaller, with the intent to compete with the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon, and a potential Ford Ranger pickup.
As Joe Lorio of CarandDriver.com points out, a Jeep pickup will bring fans back to the early 1980s when the Jeep Scrambler was available. Built on a long wheel-base CJ-7, the Jeep came with a removable half-cab, essentially making for a small pick-up truck. Known for it’s graphics and noticeable wheels, the Scrambler was actually a favorite of former president Ronald Reagan, who used to ride the vehicle on his ranch in California.
You’ll likely have to wait a handful of years before you get a chance to experience a Jeep pickup. It’s certainly worth being excited about, and the cent moves by Jeep indicates that this pickup will actually hit the market.
If you can’t wait (and we don’t blame you), head down to Faricy Boys in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The helpful staff will assist you in finding the perfect Jeep, whether it’s new or used. You could realistically be driving out of the lot in a Jeep in no time!