Note: We're continually updating this post as we learn more info about the upcoming 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup. The last update was on 1/29/18.
Jeep hasn't sold a pickup truck since 1992, when the XJ Cherokee-based Comanche went out of production. Since then, Jeep has made many concept pickups to tease us. Now, we know that a JL Wrangler-based pickup is on its way, and it's high on our list of cars we can't wait to drive. To say we're excited for the Wrangler pickup would be an understatement, so let's round up everything we think we know about it.
It's Actually, Finally, Really, Seriously Happening
Jeep started the Wrangler pickup fever in 2005 with the (shown above), but it never reached production. A handful of concepts since only served to whet our collective appetite further.
Finally, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed in early 2016 that Jeep would be offering a production pickup version of the JL Wrangler, the standard SUV-version of which made its debut in late 2017.
It's Hitting Production in Late 2019
In a 2016 at the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley said that the Wrangler pickup would arrive in late 2017, following the debut of the JL Wrangler. Unfortunately, Jeep has since delayed pickup production until late 2019, nearly two years into JL production. Manley says that he wants to make sure there are no issues with the regular Wrangler before Jeep starts building the pickup.
Both Wrangler models will be built at Jeep's Toledo, Ohio plant, which is undergoing a $700 million upgrade to prepare for the new vehicles. that production of the previous-generation Wrangler, the JK, will end in April 2018, so the Toledo factory can be re-tooled for the pickup.
As for when we'll see it in the flesh? We suspect it'll debut at an auto show later in 2018, possibly Los Angeles.
It'll (Probably) Look Like This
Ever since the Wrangler pickup was announced, we've been receiving spy photos and detailed renderings giving us a pretty clear picture of what to expect. Unsurprisingly, it looks like a Wrangler with a truck bed. The next-generation Wrangler sports a trimmer profile with a vertical, kinked grille and integrated turn signals/DRLs in the front fenders.
We’ve only seen spy shots of four-door Wrangler Unlimited pickup prototypes, but according to the latest renderings, the truck will likely be available as a two-door as well.
It's Been Rumored for Production for a While Now
We first heard rumblings of a JL Wrangler-based pickup in September of 2015. Of course, people have been clamoring for it for a much longer time.
It'll Be Based on the New Wrangler Platform
The new Wrangler SUV debuted in late 2017 as a 2018 model, and it represents a massive improvement over its predecessor. That's good news for the pickup. We've covered all of the details of the JL Wrangler in our story about its reveal and our first drive of a Rubicon model, but here are some highlights:
- The JL's body is made from aluminum, which helps save up to 200 lbs of weight over its predecessor, the JK.
- The interior is much nicer than before, with better materials, sharper design, and FCA's great UConnect infotainment system.
- It still comes standard with Chrysler's 3.6-liter 285-hp Pentastar V6, but a new six-speed manual and optional eight-speed automatic make the most of it. Optional is a 270-hp turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder; a diesel V6 is set to debut later.
- Despite all this new stuff, the Wrangler still has a ladder frame and solid axles, exactly what off-roaders want.
It Probably Won't Have a Hellcat Engine. . .
Yes, a Wrangler with the 707-hp supercharged V8 from the Hellcat in 2016, but it's just a one-off fever dream. Don't fret—if you really want a Hellcat motor and a seven-slat grille, there's always the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
. . .But It'll Likely Have a Diesel
According to on the Jeep Scrambler Forums, the JT Wrangler Pickup will offer an optional a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with auto start/stop as an engine choice.
It'll Sell Like Crazy
Americans love pickup trucks, and Americans love Jeeps. Sergio Marchionne knows this, so building a Wrangler pickup is a complete and total no-brainer. It'll also be wildly different from every other pickup currently on sale, which should help it further.
at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that FCA expects to sell 100,000 examples of the pickup per year, and they'll be "expensive—intentionally so."
The Roof Will Be Removable
Along with shots confirming the diesel engine, the showing that the roof will be removable, just like a regular Wrangler. There will likely be up to three roof configurations available—manual-folding soft top, hard top with removable roof panels, and power-sliding soft top—just like the JL Wrangler.
We Have a Name (Maybe)
Generally, folks assumed this new vehicle would just be called the Wrangler Pickup. Now, that last appeared on a Jeep CJ-8: Scrambler.
But we're not getting our hopes up for a new Jeep Scrambler just yet. Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler chief that he "[doesn't] know the name of the pickup truck." We'll find out in due course.