The last Jeep pickup was made back in 1992 and since then many people hoped that Jeep would get back to building trucks. Well, it seems that their wishes will finally come true as the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup was confirmed a few months ago. On top of that, we do not only have the confirmation but also spy shots of a development mule. Like you would expect, the truck will be based on the same platform as the Wrangler. However, it will most likely use the four-door version of it as it offers a longer wheelbase.
What is it?
This is Jeep’s first attempt in years at building a truck and it is also the spiritual successor of the Dakota. The Wrangler pickup is set on competing with models like the Colorado and Ford’s upcoming Ranger. Unlike these, though, the Wrangler is expected to be aimed at people looking to get their trucks in off-road while having all the capabilities of its successors. So far Jeep hasn’t said anything official about this future model.
However, the development mule gives us a good idea of how it will look and how large it will be. Unfortunately, at this point, we have no idea about the actual price of the truck. Many sources suggest at a starting point of $30,000 which is more than the competition but it should be well worth it if they will do this right. It is also worth mentioning that the Wrangler pickup is expected to offer a steel bed. This will add weight but it should make repairs a lot cheaper than if it would be made out of aluminum.
The development mule of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup is nothing more than just a regular four-door Wrangler with a bed slapped to its back. This is obvious from the fact that the rear wheels do not align with the cutouts on the bed. The production model is likely going to be just as long, wide and tall. However, while the front end should be pretty much identical to the regular Wrangler, the back will be unique to it. The bed is expected to feature similar fenders to the front which would take from the bed’s usable area. However, it would give the truck a unique appearance and it might even compensate somewhere else.
Inside the cabin
Here, the Wrangler Pickup should be pretty much identical to the regular crossover. The only real differences we expect should be the materials. The truck might offer a slightly more rugged upholstery in order to cope with the environments it will be used in. The truck might also feature slightly more auxiliary buttons and even a unique camera system to allow it to tow large trailers with more ease.
2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Engine
Here the upcoming 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup should be pretty much identical to its crossover counterpart. As standard, it is expected to feature Jeep’s current 3.6 liters naturally aspirated V6 which can easily make over 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Instead of the hybrid many expected, it seems that the eco-minded engine might be a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4. This has been in development for some time and it should eventually be offered across all Jeep vehicles. It is rumored that this engine can make 300 horsepower and just as much torque while being more efficient than the V6. Both of them should come as standard with an eight-speed automatic and rear or all-wheel drive. A diesel has been a rumor for some time as well but it has not been confirmed just yet. This would most likely be the updated 2.8 liters in-line 4 which has been available on the European Wrangler for quite some time.