Pitting the company versus the buyers: From turbodiesel to pickup, your semi-comprehensive and somewhat speculative guide on the upcoming JL Wrangler
[This is Part 4 of a multi-entry installment about the upcoming 2018+ Jeep Wrangler (read the previous pieces here: 1, 2, 3). Stay tuned for further breakdowns of what we want Jeep to do vs what Jeep will actually do.]
Part 4: The Pickup – “Gladiator” / “Scrambler” / “Comanche” / “JT” / “WE DON’T CARE WHAT IT’S CALLED JUST PLEASE OH PLEASE GIVE US A WRANGLER-BASED PICKUP ALREADY”
Ahem. Sorry, excuse the outburst above; that’s just the final pieces of my patience failing to hold it together. Anyways, few vehicles have as much hopeful speculation surrounding them as the revival of a long-absent Jeep pickup. Just this year we saw a Renegade-based concept, which turned out to be nothing more than a marketing gag, and in the past there’s been no shortage of drool-inducing concepts from Jeep and Mopar that only the delusional could think would actually make it to dealers lots. But I’m not focusing on any of those here. No, I’m talking about a real mass-production Wrangler-based pickup: something to slot in the Jeep lineup where nameplates like the Comanche, Scrambler, and Gladiator once lurked, and something that makes as much sense as an offering as a vehicle can possibly make.
If the rumors and spy photos are to be believed, we’re finally going to get what we’ve been asking for: an honest, good-looking, midsize pickup with more than enough off-road capability and a modest amount of truck ability to match. A pickup for those who want a Wrangler but need a bed, for those who need a pickup but still want to go off-roading (but don’t want a Tacoma or ZR2 Colorado), a down-to-earth fun vehicle that’s a livable size and that has an endless aftermarket to go with its macho character. Given what we know about the JL-based pickup, it should be tough for FCA to screw this up…but we want more than just a pickup. We want a true Jeep pickup. We want perfection. Read on to see what we’re pining for, what we’ll probably get, and if it’s enough to put you firmly next to me in the camp of those believing it to be among the most highly anticipated vehicle of the next few years.
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