But how will it fare against the Ford F-150?
1992 was the last year that Jeep produced a pickup and each subsequent year saw a multitude of rumors hit the streets proclaiming that a new truck was right around the corner. Now it appears that our spy photographers have captured some shots of the new Wrangler-based pickup truck hitting the back roads with a Chrysler engineer behind the wheel. Despite being covered in camo there's a lot we can learn from these photos, which appear to have been shot from a helicopter or drone. That's dedication.
This particular pickup truck is based on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited body style and features a huge bed with plenty of storage capability. While the front end is undeniably a Jeep Wrangler, the rear end appears to be an experimental truck bed that will see changes before production. Note the placement of the rear wheels compared to the wheel arches to get an idea of how the actual bed will be placed. The new Wrangler, code named the JL, will ride on a brand new chassis that will use sparse amounts of aluminum and other weight savings materials to save fuel and maximize performance. The same chassis will be used to build the Wrangler pickup, code named the JT, which we see here.
The Wrangler SUV should start production at the tail end of 2017 with the pickup variant staying under wraps until the later half of 2018. Adhering to the upcoming fuel economy standards of 2018 will mean that a V8 will likely not be under the hood, at least not at the truck's debut. Instead, there will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, a 3.6-liter V6, and a turbo diesel model for buyers who need the extra torque. Among the tornado of rumors is one that claims a plug-in hybrid model will be coming soon. With Ford planning a hybrid version of the F-150, we don’t doubt that this could come true. For now, we’re just happy that the rumor about the Jeep pickup truck has become reality.