In the near 30 years or so that the Jeep Wrangler has been on the market, not once have they offered a pickup version straight from the factory. If you wanted one, you’d have to head to a shop (or opt for the Cherokee-based Comanche). But finally, after years of waiting, it looks like we may see a real Jeep Wrangler pickup. The report comes from Automotive News, and it suggests that the Wrangler pickup will be on the market by 2017 or 2018. That’s the same time Jeep will unveil the all-new Wrangler. RELATED: See Photos of the 2005 Jeep Gladiator
Production of the new pickup will stay in Toldeo, Ohio. But in order for the Wrangler to expand, the best-selling Cherokee will have to make a move to FCA’s Michigan plant. CEO Sergio Marchionne provided some more details.
“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,” said Marchionne. “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.”
Details on the project are still slim, but we can assume that with the recent interest in the mid-size truck market, Jeep will likely aim its new Wrangler pickup at the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, and possibly upcoming Ford Ranger. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for a reveal in the next few months.
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