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2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup: Everything We Know

Road & Track logo Road & Track 11/12/2018 Chris Perkins
a red truck driving down a dirt road: A Wrangler pickup is on its way in 2019, and it's high on our list of cars we can't wait to drive. We rounded up everything we think we know about the new Jeep Wrangler Pickup, the Scrambler.© Jeep A Wrangler pickup is on its way in 2019, and it's high on our list of cars we can't wait to drive. We rounded up everything we think we know about the new Jeep Wrangler Pickup, the Scrambler.

Note: We're continually updating this post as we learn more info about the upcoming 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup. The last update was made on 11/12/18.

Jeep hasn't sold a pickup truck since 1992, when the XJ Cherokee-based Comanche went out of production. Since then, Jeep has made many concept pickups to tease us. Now, we know that a JL Wrangler-based 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.

It's Actually, Finally, Really, Seriously Happening

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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.

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Finally, the late Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, confirmed in early 2016 that Jeep would be offering a production pickup version of the JL Wrangler, the standard SUV-version of which made its debut in late 2017.

We'll See it In November

We suspected that the Wrangler pickup would make its debut at the LA Auto Show this year, and now it's confirmed. Via Jalopnik, the LA Auto Show put out a press release saying that "a pickup truck from Jeep" will be among the cars making their world-debut at the show. The media preview for the Auto Show starts November 27th, so expect to finally see the Wrangler pickup then, if not sooner.

AutoNews reports that Jeep dealers were told at national conference that the Wrangler Pickup would arrive in their showrooms in April 2019. That means the truck will probably begin production around the end of this year.

We Think It'll Be Called the Gladiator

Originally, rumor had it that the Wrangler pickup would be named Scrambler, after the rare two-door pickup CJ-8 built from 1981 to 1986. But more recently, we've heard some new evidence to the contrary. A tipster alerted Jeep Scrambler Forum to an apparent slip-up from within FCA. Briefly, on Jeep's media page, a header appeared that said "2020 Jeep Gladiator."

While the page was quickly removed from FCA's media site, the Wrangler pickup rumor forum is so convinced of its veracity, the management is undertaking to change the forum's name to Jeep Gladiator Forum. And if the rumor is true, it's got precedent: "Gladiator" was the name for Jeep's Wagoneer-based pickup truck built from 1963 to 1971, and Jeep resurrected the name for a JK-generation Wrangler-based concept truck from 2005 mentioned above.

It'll (Probably) Look Like This

a green truck parked in front of a car: 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup: Everything We Know© JL Wrangler Forums 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup: Everything We Know

Ever since the Wrangler pickup was announced, we've been receiving 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 sports a trimmer profile with a vertical, kinked grille and integrated turn signals/DRLs in the front fenders.

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.

It's Been Rumored for Production for a While Now

We first heard rumblings of a JL Wrangler-based pickup 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

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The new Wrangler SUV debuted in late 2017 as a 2018 model, and it represents a massive improvement over its predecessor. That's good news for the pickup. We've covered all of the details of the JL Wrangler in our story about its reveal and our first drive of a Rubicon model, but here are some highlights:

  • The JL's body is made from aluminum, which helps save up to 200 lbs of weight over its predecessor, the JK.
  • The interior is much nicer than before, with better materials, sharper design, and FCA's great UConnect infotainment system.
  • It still comes standard with Chrysler's 3.6-liter 285-hp Pentastar V6, but a new six-speed manual and optional eight-speed automatic make the most of it. Optional is a 270-hp turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder; a diesel V6 is set to debut later.
  • Despite all this new stuff, the Wrangler still has a ladder frame and solid axles, exactly what off-roaders want.

It Probably Won't Have a Hellcat Engine. . .

Yes, Jeep made a Wrangler with the 707-hp supercharged V8 from the Hellcat in 2016, but it's just a one-off fever dream. Don't fret-if you really want a Hellcat motor and a seven-slat grille, there's always the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

. . . But It'll Likely Have a Diesel

According to screenshots of Jeep's dealer system on the Jeep Scrambler Forums, the JT Wrangler Pickup will offer an optional a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 with auto start/stop as an engine choice.

It'll Probably Get an Off-Road trim

Our most recent spy shots of the Wrangler Pickup feature the truck wearing some knobby off-road tires. Not the BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA KO2s used on the Wrangler Rubicon, but something seemingly similar from Falken. That indicates to us that the Wrangler Pickup will probably be offered with a Rubicon-esque variant to up its off-roading chops. It might be a pickup, but it's still a Wrangler.

It'll Sell Like Crazy

Americans love pickup trucks, and Americans love Jeeps. Sergio Marchionne knew 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.

Marchionne said at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show that FCA expects to sell 100,000 examples of the pickup per year, and they'll be "expensive-intentionally so."

The Roof and Doors Will Be Removable

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An image taken during a tour of Jeep's Toledo factory posted to Jeep Scrambler Forums shows the cab frame for the Wrangler pickup without doors and roof. That means you'll likely be able to remove the roof and doors from this truck, just like the regular Wrangler. It also looks like the pickup will get the regular Wrangler's fold-down windshield too.

The Scrambler Forums have evidence from internal Jeep documents showing that the roof will be removable. There will likely be up to three roof configurations available-manual-folding soft top, hard top with removable roof panels, and power-sliding soft top-just like the JL Wrangler.


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