We’ve been talking about the upcoming Jeep Wrangler pickup based on the JL platform for what seems like an eternity, and until earlier this year, before FCA head-honcho Sergio Marchionne confirmed it was coming, it had just been a pipe dream for Jeep and truck fans. Now we have hard physical evidence that there is a Jeep Wrangler pickup coming, spy shots of a heavily camouflaged Wrangler based pickup caught testing.
It’s been more than 20 years since Jeep has offered a pickup and consumers have been begging for a new one since the Gladiator concept was shown in 2005. With the next-generation JL Wrangler expected to debut by the end of the year, the brand is finally adding a pickup back to its lineup that will likely be a 2019 model and available in 2018.
With limited information on the JL Wrangler, besides powertrain options and seeing several spy shots, we know even less about the pickup version. We do know that it will keep the same Wrangler body-on-frame construction, sport solid axles front and rear, and offer three powerful engine options including a turbocharged four-cylinder and a crowd-favorite diesel.
Judging by the spy photos, this is an early prototype with what appears to be a JK four-door cab with a one-off rear cab section and a bed that looks like it belongs on a Ram more than a Jeep, but who cares? It’s a freaking Jeep pickup! With a set of mud-terrain style tires and seven-slat grille, this Wrangler pickup looks like it’s ready for Moab even wrapped in camo.
With a bed that looks like it can hold more than a bouquet of roses, this pickup appears it might be perfect for off-road work, play, or just to haul all your stuff around while still driving a Jeep.
We can’t wait for the wrapping to come off this Jeep so we can see it in all its glory, but it’s going to be a while, so enjoy these cool shots of it testing, and we will update you with any details as soon as they become available.