The new Wrangler, presumed to be called the JL, will likely debut for the 2018 model year. It’s highly likely Jeep will release the pickup version along side the Wrangler SUV, as Mike Manley (Jeep head-honcho) verified the Wrangler pickup would be readily available before 2019.
Both the Wrangler and Wrangler pickup will share the same chassis, drivetrain, interior, and most outside parts, keeping expenses down and keeping the Wrangler image across both vehicles. The pickup will likely be offered just as a team cab, short bed setup, built off the Wrangler Unlimited chassis.
Jeep will likely have to extend the Wrangler’s frame to accommodate the extra length required for the bed. This indicates a longer, more steady Wrangler for on-road driving and trailer towing, however a slightly less maneuverable and (dare I say) capable Wrangler for off-roading experiences. It’s the break-over angle that will suffer the most, making the Wrangler pickup more vulnerable to high centering.
As for the name, Jeep might reanimate the Scrambler name, a name that goes back to the CJ-8 of the 1980s. There’s likewise the Gladiator name, most just recently seen on the Wrangler-based pickup idea from 2005. No matter its name, the Wrangler pickup will be an amazing addition to the Jeep lineup. With that in mind, let’s dive into the speculated details.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Exterior
The first obvious feature will obviously be the freight bed. This will likely be constructed from composites or plastics in order to conserve weight. The bed’s lining will also be plastic, similar to the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline. Expect to see some ingenious freight management features, like storage boxes and even a variation of the Ram Box. The rear bumper will utilize the basic center action and license plate holder, while using room for a trailer hitch receiver and tow hooks down low.
Beyond the bed, the Wrangler pickup need to bring all the very same style information as the basic Wrangler. The front bumper, grille, headlights, fenders, hood, windshield, and doors will all be interchangeable. That’s great news for the aftermarket industry and consumers alike, considered that aftermarket parts will fit both models.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Interior
We still have no idea exactly what FCA has in store for the 2018 Wrangler, however we do think the Jeep will have a more comfy and refined interior. Never fear, the Wrangler will still have drain plugs in the floorboards and detachable carpet, but the seats and dashboard ought to offer next-level-type comfort and design.
Regardless of what the production variation will look like, we completely anticipate the next-gen Wrangler pickup to be a comfy yet utilitarian location to ride.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Engine
As we discussed in the past, the Wrangler pickup will share its powertrain with the Wrangler SUV. The base engine will likely be an updated variation of the existing 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Anticipate more horse power, torque, and effectiveness out of the engine. In our rendering of the Wrangler SUV, we forecasted the Pentastar’s output to be 300 horse power and 270 pound-feet of torque.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Price
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will definitely be competitive with the existing crop of midsize pickups. We ‘d think prices will begin at $32,000 for the basic Wrangler Unlimited, so the pickup might bring a rate equivalent to, or slightly greater than that.