2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup

According to the very latest reports, Jeep has finally given a go-ahead for the Wrangler-based pickup truck. The same sources suggest that the upcoming pickup is most likely to arrive as a long-wheelbase version of the new Wrangler SUV fitted with an open bed. Although it won’t be the first truck sold under the Jeep nameplate, it will be the first time that the iconic Wrangler gets a pickup variant. Actually, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been announcing a similar vehicle ever since the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept was first presented. Now, the long-awaited model is expected to make its debut in late 2017, hitting the market by the end of 2018. Just like the next-generation Wrangler, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will be built at Jeep’s facility in Toledo, Ohio.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Features

Sharing its underpinnings with the regular Wrangler, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup’s architecture will naturally feature a large percentage of aluminum. What will set it apart from the rest of the segment is the familiar rugged appearance of the famous Wrangler. However, it’s still not known to what extent will the two models resemble each other. While it rides on a reengineered steel platform, the brand new Wrangler gets a number of aluminum components, such as door and hood panels. Thanks to the lightweight construction, the Wrangler Pickup is expected to offer a competitive fuel economy. Unfortunately, more details concerning the exterior and interior design have yet to be released.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup

 Wrangler Pickup Engine Options

As for the engine options expected from the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup, the details are still scarce. The aforementioned Jeep Gladiator Concept came with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel unit that produced 163 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Its power was transmitted through a six-speed manual gearbox. Now, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler has been annnounced to adopt the first turbocharged engine in Jeep’s history. Of course, it remains to be seen what FCA has in store for the upcoming Wrangler Pickup.

 Jeep Pickup  Competition

By the time the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup hits the dealerships, the compact pickup niche will become even more hotly contested. Namely, the list of possible rivals includes the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the redesigned Ford Ranger, as well as Hyundai’s pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept.

 

 

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