Jeep, I could kiss you. Granted, Jeep is a company, but the Supreme Court said corporations are people too. It is coming Jeep Wrangler fans. A factory-produced Wrangler pickup variant.
Yep, it’s time for a happy dance. I won’t scar you with a video of that, but it’s great news. How long have we’ve been begging for a Wrangler pickup? And no, the options of whatever Bubba concocted in his Mad Max garage or the outrageously expensive conversions do not count. Factory-produced.
Jeep has been one hell of a tease for years now. The Gladiator and the J-12 concepts have us all wishing they’d quit making concept vehicles look like cars they could build right the hell now.
The Detroit News managed to corner Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who confirmed that both the Wrangler and its pickup variant will be built in the current Wrangler production facility in Toledo, Ohio.
When? Sometime in late 2017. Jeep’s global chief Mike Manley talked up the Wrangler pickup.
“Sergio 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. “For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.”
Jeep Wrangler Pickup
Details? Sorry folks. It’s just a confirmation. Late 2017 introduction means the leaks and announcements are months away. But hell, let’s speculate. Two concepts we can choose from.
First, the Gladiator concept. To me, this sticks closer with the Wrangler’s current styling. It plays things safe but pays homage to Jeep’s heritage with the side-mounted spare.
If you pushed me to guess, I’d stick with a variation of the Gladiator concept.
Now, let’s dream a little bit. The J-12. Please, Jeep? Chrysler loves mixing retro styling with new vehicles. Think of the Charger and Challenger out of Dodge. The J-12 would continue this trend. Do whatever you have to do to update it with LED lights and the latest and greatest tech. But keep the front.
Regardless of the design direction, Wrangler fans are finally getting the option for a pickup. It’s going to be a badass 2017.