Since the Jeep® Comanche was discontinued in 1992, Jeep® has gone without a pickup truck even as the segment has increased in popularity as a daily driver. That all seems poised to change after the 2016 announcement from late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne that the Wrangler JL will spawn a pickup variant, which many assume will adopt the Scrambler mantle. While we’ve likely got a month or so to go before the new Jeep® pickup is named and revealed, here’s what we can deduce.
A pickup with serious off-road capability
The Jeep® Wrangler is one of the most capable off-road vehicles available, so a pickup based on the Wrangler would, it stands to reason, be one of the most capable off-road trucks on the market. While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s likely that the 2019 Scrambler will have a Trail Rated® trim for even more off-road excellence.
Road & Track plays the part of buzzkill in assuming that the Scrambler likely won’t get a potent SRT® Hellcat engine. It does project, however, that the Jeep® Scrambler will get a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine option based on rumblings and leaked information. Time will tell!
Spy shots suggest that the Jeep® Scrambler will very much look like a Jeep®, right down to its iconic boxy frame. It’s also likely that this will mean that its doors and roof will be removable, providing the ultimate in freedom.
Whatever its name may be, the Wrangler-based pickup is likely to bow in November at the LA Auto Show. For all the details when they become available, watch this space or stop into Blackburn CDJR.