The Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck is Finally Going to Happen

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The Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck is Finally Going to Happen

A pickup truck based on the Jeep Wrangler is under development and should arrive on the market by 2017 or 2018. 

According to Automotive News, production of the Wrangler will stay in Toledo, Ohio, which is also where Jeep will be building a new pickup truck based on the Wrangler. The fate of Wrangler production has been up in the air for nearly a year, but today Jeep execs revealed these plans to plant management. They also revealed that production of the Cherokee will be leaving Ohio for a nearby State, likely Michigan or Illinois.

Details on the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck are still unknown, besides the fact that it will be based on the next-generation Wrangler which will use some aluminum parts to cut weight while it will also likely adopt a diesel and or a small turbocharged gasoline motor to get good fuel economy ratings. It is likely that the truck will be a midsize to compete with the new Chevy Colorado along with the redesigned Toyota Tacoma.

SEE ALSO: Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Stays ‘True to its Current Form’

A modern Jeep Wrangler pickup was teased back in 2005 with the Gladiator concept (seen above) though that truck was based off the larger Ram 1500 frame.

Having a new pickup to build in Toledo will help to negate the loss of the Cherokee, which is Jeep’s best-selling vehicle. Combined, FCA wants the redesigned 2018 Wrangler along with the pickup to move 350,000 units a year.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • smartacus

    i haven’t seen that Gladiator picture since DaimlerChrysler 🙂

  • Bug S Bunny

    It already has happened:

  • richard

    beautiful jeep there

  • richard

    yeah but that makes it a kit jeep pickup not genuine jeep

  • Homer

    Jeep should definitely stick with the Gladiator theme for this pickup!

  • smartacus

    definitely. i agree

  • Dan

    Don’t make it so f-in big! Need to get back to smaller Wrangler and Scrambler size.

  • Scott McIntyre

    I’ll be supportive…. but not really interested. Already have one.

  • bhop73

    That’s weird, I’m 100% sure I saw one parked on the street yesterday here in L.A. when I was riding my bike home. I remember thinking “Hey, when did they start making those?” Maybe it was a test vehicle?

  • JeffDeWitt

    There is a company making pickups out of Wranglers, and they do a really nice job of it.. which they should for the price! (and yes, you can get a Hemi in it)

  • taylorcraftbc65

    It’s ABOUT TIME !

  • Stan Haig

    It’s called the brute conversion they made them for TJs and JKs I think.

  • RubiconMike

    Ah yes, Jeep answering another question no one asked. Jeep hasn’t made a serious pickup truck since the old SJ Gladiator series, the Scrambler and Comanche were just inexpensive variants of existing platforms that looked nice but were never players in the commercial pickup market. Despite the current popularity of using pickups as everyday cars, the real demand underpinning the market is the work truck. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big Jeep fan. I’ve owned several including a CJ, SJ and two TJs – I just think these pickup variants of the Wrangler will sell in such small numbers that they will have a hard time recouping their development costs. FCA is not cash-rich and I think that money could be better spent adding a diesel option to the Wrangler which would sell in greater volumes than a toy truck. I would sell my ’05 Rubicon Unlimited to get a diesel. Are you listening FCA?

  • John Blais

    You are correct , and only costs another $20000 added the the original price of your jk wrangler

  • Lucas Freelong

    Willy’s. Kaiser. Nash. Hudson. American. Chrysler. The first started from scratch. The latest have kept the idea going long enough that it won’t be forgotten. To me a genuine Jeep is what’s on the inside, typically tractor drivetrain longitudinal inline 4/6 engine with strong low/medium end torque with little to no upper range, making it highly desirable for rock crawling. Every Jeep purist is going to look at this differently but I’m sticking to All Makes Combined.

    I hope this news of a modern Jeep truck means a redux of my mini wagon is on the way. It will be interesting to finally have a successor to a historic MPV.

  • ThEEV

    Maybe there’s something about CAFE standards they’re trying to accomplish with a pickup truck in the line?

  • P. Reynolds

    I guess my J20 restoration is timely then 🙂 I wish they would do the retro version that was at SEMA.

  • John Birge

    Why do you want a diesel . It would add weight to the front end . Does not have near the performance of a gas engine and is far more expensive to buy .own and operate . What would you gain with a diesel . there is a reason no NASCARs have a diesel . have a diesel in my new ford f-450 4×4 which is great at towing my RV trailer . In a wet pasture the front end goes out of sight .

  • John Birge

    May be good on steep ground but will not be good in the mud . You need a good upper range as well , you have to spin the wheels with enough power and speed to keep the tread cleaned out .

  • VulpineMac

    Diesel offers two advantages over gasoline–maybe more. It offers better fuel economy because it doesn’t have to turn as fast to maintain speed and has higher torque at those lower revs. Additionally, while more expensive up front and higher engine repair costs, it has far fewer moving parts, making it somewhat more durable and long-lasting than an equivalent-sized gasser. As for the weight, to be quite blunt you simply don’t need as big an engine to perform the same work as a gasoline engine, so if your beat nose-dives in the field, you chose too big an engine. Try putting balloon tires under your nose to add flotation, hmmmm?

  • Johnny Fowler

    Sorry,but I have to agree with John Birge on this one.
    Today’s gas engines have No more moving parts than its Diesel counterpart.The day’s of the distributor are long behind us hanging out with the carburetors. The Only thing a Gas engine has that a Diesel does not is spark plugs. Both are fuel injected and distributorless. He has a Very Valid point in weight and fuel values. A Diesel indeed does weigh considerably more than a Gas engine and is incapable of the higher RPM’S of a gas engine,therefore is also incapable of developing the same Horse power.Hence why you do not see Diesel’s on Any pro race circuit or a Diesel Hot Rod. Then there is the cost of fuel….presently almost Twice that of gasoline,Hmmmm?
    While a “Well Made” Diesel will develop Far more torque than its Gas counterparts,there’s still the Noise,weight and fuel cost to consider.Not to mention the Pollution factor…..Even more so if you decide to use a “Bully Dog” system to “Turn it Up”. All that Black smoke the kids seem to be so found of,is Unburnt Fuel being spewed into the atmosphere…….HAPPY EARTH DAY!!

  • Johnny Fowler

    Looks to me like a new twist of the old Jeep Scrambler A.K.A. CJ8. I wonder how many here remember those?

  • Johnny Fowler

    Sweet J-20!! Love those Trucks!!

  • VulpineMac

    While a modern gasoline engine may not have a distributor per se, it still has to have a spark generator for the plugs AND a timing controller which may be steel or nylon with a ‘chain’ that may be steel or rubber. There are other gas-engine-only parts in that engine as well. The main reason diesel engines are heavier is that they’re still using cast iron blocks due to the fact that the diesel has relatively high compression. By the way, even a diesel uses a kind of spark plug, known as a glow plug. The difference is that the glow plug is simply a heater to help get the engine fired when cold.

    As for horsepower? There are diesel engines running every day in transportation putting out over 4,000 horsepower in regular service. how many gasoline engines can make that claim? As for fuel cost; until the last couple of years, diesel ran as much as $1 BELOW the price of regular gasoline. Now it tends to run equal to or above the price of Premium gas but still gets about 40%-50% better fuel mileage.

    It seems you need to learn a little bit more about the differences between diesel and gas engines, Dargon.

  • funge107

    Because of the way it burns fuel, a diesel engine provides far more torque to the driveshaft than does a gasoline engine. As a result, most modern diesel passenger cars are much faster from a standing start than their gas-powered counterparts. What’s more, diesel-powered trucks, SUVs, and cars also can out-tow gas-powered vehicles while still delivering that improved fuel economy.

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  • Dargon

    I see. It would seem you have a “Thing” for Diesels,and this is fine.
    I do not wish to start an argument so allow me to simply state a few Facts about the differences between Gas and Diesel engines. Indeed a Gas engine Does require an ignition system of some sort to Supply the Spark Plugs with the correct amount of electricity. However,this is currently being performed by what is known as a D.I.S. (A.K.A. Distributorless ignition system) Ignition system.
    As for the timing being handled by a “Chain or Belt drive system…etc etc. Guess what? Diesel Engines Require the Same Chain or Belt to drive the CamShaft just as a Gas engine does! Both engines rely on something to rotate the Camshaft in Time with the Crankshaft to perform the task of Opening and Closing Valves contained within the Cylinder Head that Allows for the Introduction of Fuel and the Release of Exhaust Gases. In addition,some gas engines do not use a Chain or Belt,but rely on a Gear Drive system Just like there Industrial counterpart Diesel engines to perform the same tasks. In addition to that,a Diesel engine requires what is commonly known as an “Injection Pump” to deliver fuel “In Time” with the cam and crank to the cylinders in order for the engine to run,Hence a Diesel engine ALSO poses a “Timing Device” in order to operate. If the injection pump is not properly timed…the engine does not run.
    I would Love to have a full list of those “….other gas-engine-only parts.” Being a Forty plus Year Automotive Mechanic and having spent about half that many working on Diesel engines,both auto grade And Industrial grade engines I truly find this comment rather intriguing.
    Your analogy for the weight difference is a bit off also…..Until recently ALL engine blocks were made of Cast Iron. Only in the last 15 years has there been a push for Aluminum blocks And Cylinder heads. This being due to the Government’s push for better fuel efficient vehicles and the Performance venue. Lighter is Faster in the quarter mile.
    The Correct reason that Diesels Outweigh there Gas counterparts is that Diesels,Due to there Much Higher compression levels (ranging from 250-400 pounds per square inch) Require a Much Heavier Block,meaning it must be Considerably thicker,hence more weight is added on.
    In addition,with such High compression levels the connecting rods must be much thicker and heavier,the pistons must be much thicker and heavier as well as the crank being Very oversized in comparison with added weight to help balance the entire rotating assembly. Then there is the Immense cylinder heads that are made also of cast iron and are Huge compared to their gas counterparts as a result of the High compression levels.As a result you now have an engine that ways in around 800-1000 pounds as compared to a gas engine that ways a mere 300-500 pounds.
    “Glow plugs” are Only in Small Diesel engines,as they are not needed in Larger Industrial engines such as Road Tractors.
    “4,000 horse power” ? Really? Perhaps in a Train…Certainly Not on the road! And a Train engine is not feasible for a little pick-up truck. The Biggest engine currently in production is made by Mack Motors and is currently in use in Australia.It’s ONLY rated at 900 horse power,not 4,000. And on that note,the Corvette,Camaro,Charger,and Mustang all offer engines producing 600-800 horse power right out of the box.
    And for those with money to burn,there is the Bugatti Veyron which boasts a whopping 1,200 horsepower! However,at a price tag of 1.2 Million dollars….you don’t see many of them.
    While it is true that Diesel engines Do get better fuel milage,that does not make up for the Noise,wieght,oil leaks,number of filters or the cost of what happens if you let a Diesel run out of fuel. Currently where I live gas is at $1.87 per gallon vers $2.50 for Diesel. All these factors make for a Very poor performing off-road vehicle,Hence the reason why you do not see Any in Off-Road arenas or Baja Races.
    They are not all bad though,they have there place in the Industrial market for which they were Designed for in the first place.
    As for my “….need to learn a little bit more about the differences between diesel and gas engines.”……I think it may be You my friend,who needs to do a little more Research on the topic.

  • VulpineMac

    If you’re going to discuss the difference, at least get your mechanicals straight.

    “As for the timing being handled by a “Chain or Belt drive system…etc etc. Guess what? Diesel Engines Require the Same Chain or Belt to drive the CamShaft just as a Gas engine does!”

    And what of the timing system telling the DIS when to fire? The electronics need to know where Top Dead Center is as much as that valve cam and they don’t, so far as I know, use the exact same belt to determine that point. Meanwhile, those glow plugs are used in nearly every diesel engine that uses an electrical starting system; this includes engines from your tiny automotive models up to the biggest mining trucks UNLESS, those engines use a compressed air starter or a gasoline engine as a starter. Yes, I do know most road tractors use compressed air today, but I also know that diesel fuel is hard to ignite when it is very, very cold outside and they need every bit of help they can get.

    As for fuel prices, I could almost envy you your gasoline price; it’s still $2.19 for regular and $2.59 for premium. Diesel is actually cheaper than premium where I live and almost any car with a turbocharger–like Ford’s EcoBoost engine, almost demands premium fuel for best performance and fuel economy.

    Oh, and “Rolling Coal” is decidedly illegal in my state and the three states within 25 miles of me. So the pollution part, while evident, is not exactly smiled upon. My point is that while diesel engines may be heavier than their gasoline cousins of the same size, you don’t need the same size to get the same torque. If somebody’s truck does a nose-dive in mud, they’ve got too much engine for the purpose in that truck–or the absolute wrong tires. For farm and field use, that truck should be wearing low-pressure flotation tires just like a tractor–and just like any truck or Jeep intended for driving in muddy circumstances. And you certainly don’t need high RPMs to clear purpose built mud tires–they’re designed to be self-cleaning.

  • Dargon

    Okay,lets calm down now…….I’m not trying to belittle you,just educate.

    A gas engine with a D.I.S system relies on Two sensors and a computer to know when to fire the plugs. There is a cam sensor and a crank sensor,Both of which tell the computer when and were each cylinder is in relation to firing order. These sensors are simple electronics. They do not turn or in any way are run by the timing gears of the engine.They simply screw in like a spark plug. One reads a magnetic spot on the cam while the other reads a magnetic spot on the crank.
    Glow plugs are ONLY in use on Small Diesel engines. I work/Drive Tractor Trailers for a living. NONE of the trucks I have Driven in the Last 25 years have EVER had Glow plugs, and only One of those trucks had an “Air Starter”. All the others (Including the 2009 Mack I currently drive) are Electric start. Air starters are very much frowned upon as they rely on compressed air to operate.The trouble with this is trucks Always have air leaks and so by morning you do not have enough air to start the truck. The Ignition on a Diesel engine is created by two things,(1) is the Incredible Compression of the raw fuel.(2) Is the Friction of the piston rings rubbing against the cylinder walls as the piston compresses the air/fuel mixture.The combination of the Two causes the ignition of the fuel.
    If you Truly doubt what I am telling you about Glow plugs,call Any Big truck dealer/repair facility and ask for a set of Glow plugs for your Peterbilt,Freightliner,Mack,International…What have you and listen to just how hard they laugh at you before hanging up the phone. Now you are right that in extreme cold Diesel engines Do need help heating the block.This is accomplished by what is known as a “Block Heater”. If you pay attention to the big trucks in the winter you will notice either a wall plug (like that you would see on the end of an extension cord) protruding from the front around the grill or headlight area,or you will see a plug similar to what you would find in your house where an electrical cord would plug in. And that is exactly what they do! The driver will plug the truck into a wall outlet provided at truck stops or at there shop and let it set overnight. This heats the block from the inside and keeps it near running temperature so that the engine Will start when needed without Killing the starter. They do create their own compressed air through an onboard air compressor,but this is for the brake system.
    Indeed our fuel prices have dropped dramatically over the last month or so,but who knows how long that will last. And yes,Most cars today Do require Premium fuel. This Again is a result of the government pushing for cleaner air and premium fuel burns much cleaner than regular. Also Most of the Dicks in the whitehouse have their palms greased by the oil industry so theres that. However a lot of the lower end cars can burn regular and run just fine.
    Yes,you are correct about the “Rolling Coal” law. However that only applies to Big Trucks at this time. There are plenty of pick-up’s around here that are so “turned up” that they flood the intersections with black smoke,and leave a trail of smoke that can be seen from space every time they pull away from a stop light.
    Indeed you are right,Pound for Pound a Diesel engine produces WAY more Torque than ANY gas engine could possibly develop.
    And this is Great for a purpose built truck,like say used on a farm or pulling cattle. But there weight is still an issue when taken off road. Indeed contrary to popular belief you do Not need Gobbs of horsepower to drive off road. The 1945 Willys overland jeep (military model) only produced a whopping 85 horsepower with a four cylinder. Indeed appropriate tires are made for mud use,and some tire spinning is required to help clean them. The point I was trying to make is that the added weight is a problem if you are driving off road in less than desirable conditions.

  • VulpineMac

    You should have stopped before Rolling Coal. For the last couple years at least, Rolling Coal has been a big hobby with owners of diesel-powered pickup trucks. There’s still several of them around where I live, but I’ve noticed that the coal has gone a bit ‘gray’ on them lately. The laws DO apply to pickup trucks in particular as Rolling Coal on a tractor unit is a sign of inefficiency and very likely a shot or near-shot turbo. How do I know? I’ve watched too many trucks die on steep grades as their turbos give out.

    And as an off-roader myself, I fully agree with what you say about driving off road. Skillful use of the power you have is usually a lot better than trying to power through everything. Even the new Jeep Renegade can and will surprise people with what it can do, having a remarkably small four-cylinder engine under the hood and a good driver behind the wheel. Still, even there good tires can make a difference.

  • Buttnakedjeeping

    I miss the tailgates on the old CJ series. Skip the swing door style bring the tailgates back. I really would like the truck series. PRODUCE IT!!! Anyone want 2011$ JK that leaks! Worst investment.

  • Howard Weldon Moore

    Don’t bad mouth the MJ I had one it was my favorite jeep. I preferred it over my TJ although the TJ’s short wheel base and angle of departure gives it more maneuverability than the MJ the MJ was my choice if i was going 4 wheeling, but then the MJ only cost me 600 bucks, and the TJ was fairly new might have had a lot to do with it.

  • Aus10Eric

    sorry bud, igot an xj, i wouldn’t trade it for the world

  • Bug S Bunny

    Uh, see the picture I have posted below.

  • Bug S Bunny

    I do.

  • Bug S Bunny

    Google “Jeep Scrambler”. They were made a while back.

  • Dargon

    Really? YAY for us old guys!
    Yeah,they were only built from 1981-85. Not real popular, but Damn if I didn’t want one! 🙂

  • John Birge

    The way a diesel burns fuel has nothing to do with torque . Horse power is always less at the drive wheels than at the engine . Torque however can be multiplied . Torque will be much higher at the wheels than at the engine because of transmission and drive line gearing . Horsepower gets you moving and torque keeps you there . And as far as a quicker take off , what powers a dragster , a diesel or a gas engine . What do you find in every NASCAR ? If a engine has one HP but a 1000ft lbs of torque it would not move . One horsepower will not even run the accessories but if it had 1000 HP and only one lb of torque it would burn the tires off . Torque alone does not move anything but HP will . 300 Hp diesel engine will not out perform a 300 HP gas engine . Since the Diesel engine costs 1000s more to buy , diesel fuel is always much higher than gas , and normal maintenance is twice as costly . A oil change can cost $ 200 . You really save nothing on fuel . Large trucks and heavy machinery benefit from the added weight , but a jeep or car would not . My new Ford F-150 can tow 12,500 lbs compared to the diesel in Dodges 1/2 ton pickup at only 9500 lbs . My gas engine is 425 HP while the Dodge is 185 . Which one do you think would win a drag race ?

  • Chow LI

    Going by your logic,,,
    Nascar should use two stroke engines as they outproduce 4 cycle engines pound for pound.

  • Chow LI

    Diesel has not been cheaper than Gas in many years,
    many many years.
    I drive an 18wheeler so I follow both prices for the last 10 years

  • VulpineMac

    Where I live, Chow Li, diesel is 10¢ per gallon CHEAPER than premium gasoline. Prior to the price drop last summer, I would have agreed with you whole-heartedly.

  • John Birge

    A Detroit diesel is a two stroke . Two strokes do not produce enough horsepower . A two cycle engine can do one thing no other can . The reason weed eaters and chainsaws are two cycle , they can run upside down .

  • John Birge

    A diesel maintains speed through low gearing . Most have at least a 4:10 axle .At 2800 rpm is about 75 . Speed limit here in Texas is 85 on most interstates . It does not have more economy . It is much cheaper to operate a gas than a diesel engine . You spend several 1000 more up front and more for each fill up . An oil change is $200 on my Ford F-250 . A diesel fuel injector pump lasts about 100,000 and costs $2000 to replace . A lot of myth about diesels in small cars and trucks is just a fantasy notion .

  • ksmobile1

    Yeah , i found one 15 years ago. Love it, it’s a fun vehicle cj8.

  • Kirby Buchanan

    I would sell my 07 wrangler for a new diesel one too!

  • Steve b

    New ford’s have aluminum bodies…they can only tow more cause they weigh less..

  • Steve.b

    I got an 2005 dodge 2500 5.9 diesel quad cab long bed bone stock at 85 I’m turning 2590 rim give or take and I still get 22mpg all day long and as for oil change its costs me 75 bucks using Mobil 1 delvac 1300…3 gallons of oil

  • Steve

    My stock 2005 dodge Cummins 325hp 600ft-lb tq. 22mpg the reason newer diesels are going by the wayside is because of epaulets regulations

  • Ken Alley

    I agree as well I like the gladiator concept. I’ll be the first in
    line when their available

  • drillerman

    John, you are sadly mistaken about diesels. I have owned diesels in cars, pickups, and big trucks. They definitely cost more up front and maintenance is higher to a point. But engine longevity is much better and fuel economy is way better, I know this from experience, not an internet search. Another thing, I am a drag racer and I can tell you that torque is what gets you off the line, not horsepower, not sure where you got that idea? And lastly, a contest between a gas and a diesel, both with 300HP? No brainer, the diesel all day long, here’s why. A typical gas engine makes about the same or less torque compared with its horsepower number, so 300HP is about 300 lb. ft. of torque for the gas. The diesel produces at least double or more torque compared to its horsepower number, so 300HP is about 600 lb ft of torque or more. The gas job might as well stay home. My little VW Jetta tdi with a chip would surprise quite a few sports cars with way more horsepower than me. I have the time slips to prove it. And on the way back home….45 mpg. Gas will never do that!