Having a successful vehicle is always a certainty of competition. In the next few years, for example, Ford, Lincoln and GM will try to defeat the Jeep Wrangler as the ultimate off-roader. The Wrangler’s production, on the other hand, has never been so high and tends to get even higher. What would you do if you were FCA? Maybe exactly what they are doing: creating a new pioneer vehicle, such as a Wrangler pick-up. And now Jeep CEO, Mike Manley, has confirmed the move to The Detroit News.
The new vehicle will wait for the new generation Wrangler to appear, something expected to happen in the end of 2017. The production of the Wrangler pick-up will most certainly start at the beginning of 2018 and it will be built in the same plant were the SUV is produced, in Toledo.
Although the new Wrangler pick-up will be considerably different from the Gladiator concept, presented at the 2005 NAIAS and pictured above, we can have a fairly good idea of what a Wrangler pick-up will look like when its production version is finally released.
The decision on producing a Wrangler pick-up must have been reinforced after the commercial success of the JK-8 Independent Mopar kit that transforms a regular Wrangler into a truck with a very limited bed.
There is no information on engines and transmissions, but we bet the car will keep its 3.6 V6 Pentastar. The Gladiator was equipped with a 2.8 CRD turbodiesel engine.
Source: The Detroit News