The new Wrangler, presumed to be called the JL, will likely debut for the 2018 model year. It’s highly most likely Jeep will release the pickup variation along side the Wrangler SUV, as Mike Manley (Jeep head-honcho) confirmed the Wrangler pickup would be offered prior to 2019.
Both the Wrangler and Wrangler pickup will share the very same chassis, drivetrain, interior, and many exterior parts, keeping expenses down and maintaining the Wrangler image throughout both vehicles. The pickup will likely be offered only as a team taxi, short bed configuration, constructed off the Wrangler Unlimited chassis.
Jeep will likely have to extend the Wrangler’s frame to accommodate the additional length required for the bed. This indicates a longer, more stable Wrangler for on-road driving and trailer towing, but a slightly less maneuverable and (dare I state) capable Wrangler for off-roading experiences. It’s the break-over angle that will suffer the most, making the Wrangler pickup more susceptible to high focusing.
As for the name, Jeep could reanimate the Scrambler name, a moniker that goes back to the CJ-8 of the 1980s. There’s also the Gladiator name, most recently seen on the Wrangler-based pickup concept 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 visible feature will undoubtedly be the cargo bed. This will likely be built from composites or plastics in order to conserve weight. The bed’s lining will also be plastic, much like the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline. Anticipate to see some ingenious freight management features, like storage boxes or perhaps a version of the Ram Box. The rear bumper will use the standard center action and license plate holder, while using room for a trailer drawback receiver and tow hooks down low.
Beyond the bed, the Wrangler pickup should carry all the same design information as the basic Wrangler. The front bumper, grille, headlights, fenders, hood, windscreen, and doors will all be interchangeable. That’s great news for the aftermarket industry and consumers alike, given that aftermarket parts will fit both models.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Interior
We still have no idea exactly what FCA has in shop for the 2018 Wrangler, but 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, however the seats and control panel ought to use next-level-type convenience and style.
Regardless of exactly what the production version will look like, we totally anticipate the next-gen Wrangler pickup to be a comfortable yet practical place to ride.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Engine
As we pointed out in the past, the Wrangler pickup will share its powertrain with the Wrangler SUV. The base engine will likely be an upgraded version of the current 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Expect more horse power, torque, and effectiveness from the engine. In our making of the Wrangler SUV, we predicted the Pentastar’s output to be 300 horsepower 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 suspect costs will begin at $32,000 for the basic Wrangler Unlimited, so the pickup might bring a price equal to, or slightly greater than that.