The Wrangler Pickup Truck Myth is Becoming a Reality
Jeep has been producing high quality, off-road capable SUVs since 1941. While the iconic American-made brand first manufactured vehicles for military applications during WWII, the capable automotive brand has more than proven its worth over the years as a civilian vehicle. Today, Jeep features plenty of impressive models in its 2017 lineup, from compact crossovers to large off-road ready SUVs. As most Colorado Jeep Dealerships can attest, there has been one missing piece to the Jeep lineup puzzle for decades, and it seems that the brand is finally filling in the noticeable gap starting in 2017.
Jeep Wrangler Pickup: The Past, Present, and Future
Fans of the iconic Jeep brand have been hoping that the automotive manufacturer would offer another version of the Wrangler in the form of a pickup truck. What many Americans may not realize, is that Jeep did offer a capable pickup truck back in the day, known as the Jeep Gladiator. The full-size pickup was based on the Jeep Wagoneer model at that time, and was sold from 1962 until 1988. The Gladiator was one of the first civilian models that the brand introduced in the post-war U.S., and was first utilized on the battlefield by United States soldiers in World War II.
Since the Jeep Gladiator fizzled out of production back in 1988, fans of the brand have hoped that Jeep would bring back a pickup truck variant, and were given more than one reason to hope that their dreams would become reality. In 2003, Jeep produced a production-ready pickup truck known as the Scrambler, and introduced it at the North American Dealers Association in 2003. The Scrambler was a major point of discussion in the Jeep community, as brand enthusiasts hoped it would make its appearance on dealer showroom floors, sooner rather than later. Alas, the Scrambler never made its way onto the market, but Jeep revealed another pickup concept at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show. Aptly named Gladiator, Jeep made it clear that while this version of the truck would not be sold, they were in the process of creating a production version that would soon be offered for sale. The Gladiator concept featured an open-air canvas roof, a fold-down windshield, removable doors, and an expandable truck bed. With a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, and an impressive ground clearance and approach angle, it is no surprise that the Gladiator concept piqued the interest of Jeep brand loyalists even more than the Scrambler model did back in 2003.
After years of rumors, two concept model releases, and plenty of hopeful Jeep fans, the long-awaited Wrangler pickup has finally been confirmed by Jeep officials themselves. The wait is over, and it seems that the newest model to join the Jeep lineup will make its way to to dealerships by mid-2018.
The Jeep Wrangler Pickup: What We Know So Far
Now that the impending release of a Jeep Wrangler pickup has been confirmed, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief as we begin to get excited for its anticipated debut. Back in July, the Jeep Wrangler Pickup was spotted out on test runs dressed in full camouflage and an all-black exterior. From the spy photos that were snapped by automotive paparazzi, the newest version of the Jeep pickup truck seems to be based on the Wrangler. Industry insiders have even gone as far as suggesting that rather than its own model offering, the Jeep pickup will be a body style option on the already established Wrangler model. The basis for this assumption is the fact that the spied Jeep pickup truck model appeared to be a Wrangler with an extended wheelbase and an aptly-sized pickup bed.
Industry insiders are also making speculations regarding what type of engine will sit under the hood of a Wrangler pickup variant. It is expected to offer a gasoline V6 engine that is regularly seen on standard Wrangler JK models, as well as a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and finally, an EcoDiesel option. While rumors have been swirling that indicate the possibility of a hybrid version of the Wrangler pickup, those have not yet been substantiated. It is expected that Jeep will release the Wrangler pickup with both two and four-door options, and while the newly designed exterior will feature increased aerodynamics, it will preserve its iconic boxy exterior appearance.
JL Wrangler Forums is a leading authority on all things related to the newest generation of the Jeep Wrangler, and has compiled plenty of information regarding the pickup truck version of the iconic SUV. JL Wrangler Forums speculates that the first reveal of the Wrangler Pickup truck will take place at the Detroit Auto Show in 2018, and expects that the newest Jeep model will go on sale for the 2019 model year. The same organization is responsible for compiling information, leaks, spy photos, and insider info, to put together a rendering of what the new Jeep Pickup truck will likely look like. Also confirmed by a recent Motoring report, the new Jeep Pickup truck will enter production in September of 2018, and will likely appear at dealerships right in time for the holiday season.
While it may seem like a long time to wait for those who are eagerly anticipating the Jeep pickup truck’s arrival, a year pales in comparison to the decade-long wait that brand loyalists have been subjected to. With so many teasers, rumors, and speculation, the Jeep pickup truck has finally been confirmed. After years of patience, Jeep fans will be able to order their capable and dependable Jeep pickup truck by this time next year.
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We can’t wait to see all that the Jeep pickup has to offer, and whether it will make it on Motor Trend’s list of finalists for the Truck of the Year award in 2019. While we continue to eagerly await the arrival of the Jeep pickup truck, turn to the experts at The Faricy Boys for all of your Jeep brand needs. Be sure to check back often for updates regarding the upcoming arrival of the new Jeep pickup, which will be reported as soon as they become available.