The brand-new Wrangler, presumed to be called the JL, will likely debut for the 2018 model year. It’s extremely likely Jeep will release the pickup variation along side the Wrangler SUV, as Mike Manley (Jeep head-honcho) verified the Wrangler pickup would be offered before 2019. Both the Wrangler and Wrangler pickup will share the very same chassis, drivetrain, interior, and a lot of exterior parts, keeping costs down and preserving the Wrangler image throughout both vehicles. The pickup will likely be readily available just as a crew taxi, short bed configuration, built 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 steady Wrangler for on-road driving and trailer towing, but a slightly less maneuverable and (dare I say) capable Wrangler for off-roading adventures. It’s the break-over angle that will suffer the most, making the Wrangler pickup more susceptible to high centering. As for the name, Jeep could reanimate the Scrambler name, a name that goes back to the CJ-8 of the 1980s. There’s also the Gladiator name, most just recently seen on the Wrangler-based pickup idea from 2005. Despite its name, the Wrangler pickup will be an amazing addition to the Jeep lineup. With that in mind, let’s dive into the speculated information.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Exterior
The very first visible feature will obviously be the freight bed. This will likely be built from composites or plastics in order to conserve weight. The bed’s lining will likewise be plastic, much like the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline. Expect to see some ingenious freight management features, like storage boxes or perhaps a version of the Ram Box. The rear bumper will make use of the basic center step and license plate holder, while using space for a trailer hitch receiver and tow hooks down low. Beyond the bed, the Wrangler pickup should carry all the very same style information as the standard Wrangler. The front bumper, grille, headlights, fenders, hood, windshield, and doors will all be interchangeable. That’s fantastic news for the aftermarket market and consumers alike, considered that aftermarket parts will fit both models.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Interior
We still have no idea what FCA has in store for the 2018 Wrangler, however we do believe the Jeep will have a more comfortable and refined interior. Never fear, the Wrangler will still have drain plugs in the floorboards and detachable carpet, but the seats and dashboard should use next-level-type comfort and style. Despite what the production variation will appear like, we fully anticipate the next-gen Wrangler pickup to be a comfy yet utilitarian location to ride.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Engine
As we pointed out before, the Wrangler pickup will share its powertrain with the Wrangler SUV. The base engine will likely be an upgraded version of the existing 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Anticipate more horse power, torque, and effectiveness out of the engine. In our making of the Wrangler SUV, we anticipated the Pentastar’s output to be 300 horse power and 270 pound-feet of torque.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Price
The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will definitely be competitive with the present crop of midsize pickups. We ‘d believe costs will begin at $32,000 for the standard Wrangler Unlimited, so the pickup might carry a rate equivalent to, or a little greater than that.