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2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup: Everything We Know

Road & Track logo Road & Track 6/14/2017 Chris Perkins

2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup: Everything We Know© Jeep 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup: Everything We Know Jeep hasn't sold a pickup truck since 1992, when the XJ Cherokee-based Comanche went out of production, though Jeep has made many concept pickup trucks to tease us. Now, we know that a Wrangler pickup is on its way, and it's high on our list of cars we can't wait to drive. To say we're excited for the Wrangler pickup would be an understatement, so let's round up everything we think we know about it. 

© Marc Urbano/JeepIt's Actually, Finally, Really, Seriously Happening

Jeep started the Wrangler pickup fever in 2005 with the Gladiator Concept (shown above), but it never reached production. A handful of concepts since only served to whet our collective appetite further.

Finally, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed in early 2016 that Jeep would finally offer a production pickup version of the next-generation Wrangler.

It's Hitting Production in Late 2019

In a 2016 interview with The Detroit News at the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley said that the Wrangler pickup would arrive in late 2017, following the debut of the next-generation JL Wrangler.

Unfortunately, Jeep has since delayed pickup production until late 2019, nearly two years after the next-generation Wrangler is set to arrive. Manley says that he wants to make sure there are no issues with Wrangler SUV production before Jeep starts building the pickup. Both Wrangler models will be built at Jeep's Toledo, Ohio plant, which is undergoing a $700 million upgrade to prepare for the new vehicles.

We should see the Wrangler debut in SUV form later in 2017, but Jeep hasn't announced when the pickup will make its debut.

© JL Wrangler ForumsIt'll Look Like This (Probably)

Since the Wrangler pickup was announced, we've received spy photos and detailed renderings giving us a pretty clear picture of what to expect. Unsurprisingly, it looks like a Wrangler with a truck bed. The next-generation Wrangler gets a new front face with more prominently angled grille slats, and headlights with LED running lamps.

We’ve only seen spy shots of four-door Wrangler Unlimited pickup prototypes, but according to the latest renderings, the truck will likely be available as a two-door as well.

© Provided by Road and TrackIt's Been Rumored for Production for a While Now

We first heard rumblings of a pickup based on the next-generation Wrangler in September of 2015. Of course, people have been clamoring for it for a much longer time.

It'll Be Based on the New Wrangler Platform

Jeep will continue building the current-generation Wrangler until March 2018, meaning old and new generations will be sold side-by-side for several months. Jeep hasn't revealed too many specifics on the next Wrangler, but we have a decent idea of what it'll be like.

The JL Wrangler is supposed to retain its classic body-on-frame construction, but it might get a new aluminum-intensive body. Like Ford with the current F-150, switching to lightweight aluminum construction could help fuel economy, never a strong suit with the Wrangler. Diesel and hybrid Wranglers are also rumored, but yet to be confirmed.

We do know the Wrangler is set to get a serious interior upgrade, complete with FCA's latest UConnect infotainment system. Thankfully, a manual transmission will remain on the options list, and the Wrangler is likely to retain its iconic removable doors. 

© Provided by Road and TrackIt'll Be Built in Toldeo, Ohio

Like the current Wrangler, the next-gen Wrangler pickup will be built in Toledo, Ohio alongside the non-pickup truck version.

It Probably Won't Have a Hellcat Engine

Yes, Jeep made a Wrangler with the 707-hp supercharged V8 from the Hellcat last year, but it's just a one-off fever dream. Don't fret though, because if you want a Hellcat motor and a seven-slat grille, there's always the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

It Might Get a 300-HP Turbo Four-Cylinder, Though

In an effort to improve fuel economy in the notoriously inefficient Wrangler, Jeep is said to be developing a new 300-horsepower turbocharged inline-four cylinder codenamed "Hurricane," perhaps as an optional upgrade over the 3.8-liter, 285-hp Pentastar V6 used in the current Wrangler. Spy photos obtained by The Truth About Carsappear to show a four-cylinder under the hood of a Wrangler prototype.

© Provided by Road and TrackIt'll Sell Like Crazy

Americans love pickup trucks, and Americans love Jeeps. Sergio Marchionne knows this, so building a Wrangler pickup is a complete and total no brainer. It'll also be wildly different from every other pickup currently on sale, which should help it further.

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