Believe it or not, Jeep hasn’t sold a single pickup in over twenty five years, when the XJ Cherokee Comanche was discontinued. Nonetheless, Jeep has over the years kept the spirit alive by continuously teasing us with many concept pickup trucks. Now, the teasing seems to have degenerated into something more serious with recent talks suggesting that a production model could be on its way.
The Jeep Wrangler Pickup fever all began back in 2005 with the launch of the Gladiator concept which unsurprisingly never reached production. According to the concept, the Wrangler Pickup would be a superior utility truck available with extreme ruggedness in functionality. For example, it would have open-air canvas roof, have removable doors, have fold down windshield for easier ingress and egress, and would feature clever storage compartments throughout the cabin.
According to Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design, speaking during the unveiling of the Concept 12 years ago, the new Jeep Wrangler Pickup based off of the Gladiator concept would be a truly authentic modern pickup truck that embraces the Jeep brand heritage in all its design and functionality. It would be powered by a powerful yet efficient 2.8L four-cylinder engine capable of generating a whopping 163 horsepower and 295 pounds feet of torque. This power would then be transmitted to all the four wheels via the six-speed manual transmission.
But twelve years later, will the new 2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup still be based off of the Gladiator Concept? Of course not! Well, according to the spy photos circulating on the web, the new Wrangler Pickup 2019 seems to have evolved into something even better than its concept. And although wearing a heavy camouflage, we were still lucky to get some bit of details here and there. To begin with, it seems to feature prominently angled slats, and LED infused headlights on the front fascia.
Besides those aforementioned, a trusted source also confirmed that the new model might be available with no less than three engines. First among these would be a powerful 707 horsepower supercharged V8 engine ripped off from last year’s Hellcat. The second is a notoriously efficient 300-horepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine code-named “Hurricane”. And thirdly, is the rumored 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 engine.
Again, the new 2019 Wrangler Pickup will be built on a new platform. While the details surrounding these is still nebular at the time of this review writing, trusted sources say it is highly likely that the new model will debut with a new aluminum-intensive body. Moreover, there’re rumors of a hybrid but the info is yet to be confirmed.
2019 Wrangler Pickup Release Date & Price
To date, Jeep is yet to offer any concrete info regarding the release date of the much-anticipated Wrangler Pickup 2019 but this is expected to change as the rumored production date nears. Keep checking back for more news.