The next generation Jeep Wrangler is already rumored to be adopting a diesel engine, and it seems if Jeep President Mike Manley has his way, a pickup variant might also be in the cards.
“I’m a big fan of a Wrangler-based pickup,” Manley told Bloomberg at the Geneva Motor Show. There is already an official Mopar JK-8 pickup conversion kit that comes with all the necessary parts to turn a Wrangler into a pickup, suggesting that there is a demand for a Wrangler pickup truck. Jeep also recently put together the J-12 concept (seen above), which is further proof that the American brand has put some consideration into a new pickup.
Jeep is currently expanding its lineup of smaller vehicles with the new Cherokee and the small Fiat-based Grand Wagoneer which is still on its way. “For us to continue to grow, we now need to make sure that we cover all of the SUV segments that are open to us,” said Manley. “You’re seeing the growth in the small, B-segment SUVs, which we don’t play in today.”
The new Wrangler is expected to arrive in 2015 as a 2016 model year vehicle.
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