If there are two things American consumers love, it’s pickup trucks and SUVs, so it makes complete and perfect sense that FCA currently is working on a model that would combine the best of both worlds in the form of a Jeep® Wrangler pickup. We don’t know a whole lot about the model at this point because nothing tangible has come forth from the automaker, but just enough has slipped out about the model for Vicksburg Jeep fans to start getting really excited.
It all started earlier this year right in our own backyard when Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed plans for the model during a press conference at the Detroit Auto Show that the automobile was, in fact, coming.
“(FCA boss) Sergio (Marchionne) and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup,” he said, adding, “For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.”
From there, the trail has gone relatively cold, though we do know that it will be based on the same platform as the new, redesigned Jeep Wrangler due out in the 2018 model year. That means body-on-frame construction and probably increased use of aluminum, both of which are on par with what the standard Wrangler will get.
Here at Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, we also have been given the distinct impression that the Wrangler pickup will not get the beloved 707-hp Hellcat engine made popular last year in Dodge models, but we imagine there will be more than enough power to serve as a workhorse, especially in terms of towing, hauling, and off-road driving.
As your Jeep dealership, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of this model probably just as much as fans of the brand. It’s still a ways away, but it’s exciting enough that we’re already thinking about it!