Jeep Pickup Truck Appreciation
Though rumors have swirled about a pickup truck returning to the Jeep line in the future, no official plans have been made – or at least they haven’t been made available for public consumption.
While we anxiously await word that Jeep will start building its own pickup trucks again, let’s reflect back on those that are now a part of the Jeep legacy.
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Jeep Made Pickup Trucks?
It sure did! And they were awesome. We want them back. Or back, and better than ever before.
Starting in 1962, Jeep manufactured pickup trucks built on the SJ platform, which is also the basis for the original Cherokee models, as well as the discontinued Jeep Wagoneer and Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
Initially dubbed “Gladiator,” the Jeep pickup truck models were eventually badged “J trucks,” and later specified by their weight class with numeric designations, like the J10, J20, J200, J300, J2000, J3000, and J4000. Two military versions of the J truck existed, known as the M715 and M725.
By 1985, only two types of SJ trucks existed: the J10 or J20, a half ton and three-quarter ton truck, respectively. The J20 was the more capable of the two, featuring strengthened springs, axles, more muscular steering, and smaller axle ratios.
Most often equipped with either the AMC 360 V8 engine or 258 inline six, and operated by either a 727 automatic transmission or a four-speed T177 manual, the J trucks also featured a choice in wheelbases, either 120 or 132 inches.
In 1987, following Chrysler’s buyout of AMC, Jeep continued to release its compact pickup truck, the Jeep Comanche, built on the Jeep Cherokee’s XJ platform. However, it never received more than a slight refresh and was ultimately discontinued in 1992.
Over the past two decades, Jeep has kept its unique version of the pickup truck off the market , but consistently showcases concepts of pickup trucks at events like Moab’s Easter Jeep Safari, including a 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept and, more recently a 2012 J12.
For now, all we can do is hope that Jeep will pick up (get it?) where it left off in 1992 and release a new and improved Jeep pickup truck, ready to take on the competition.
The word on the proverbial street is that Jeep might revisit the pickup truck in time for a 2018 model year release.
Let’s hope this rumor picks up speed and becomes official news sooner than later…