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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Jeep Wrangler Pickup To Arrive In 2019



Fiat Chrysler Automobiles officially confirmed their plans for a Jeep Pickup back in January at the 2017 Detroit auto show and now we’ve learned from MotorAuthority that the pickup won’t enter production until late 2019.

That’s later than what was originally expected as the next-gen Wrangler JL, the vehicle it is based on, is due this year. Also, production of the Cherokee will be moved from the Toledo to FCA’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois this year to make space for the new pickup at the “south plant.” Thus why it was assumed that pickup would go into production this year.

Jeep CEO Mike Manley stated that the reason for such a late production date is because they first want to make sure everything runs smoothly for the new Wrangler JL before moving on to producing the pickup. “The key thing for me is to make sure the new Wrangler is fully up and running,” he said.

A reasonable response as Jeep already has quite a few things on their plate on top of the next generation of Jeep Wrangler vehicles including the newly redesigned Compass. The automaker is also in the process of redesigning the Grand Cherokee and they plan to bring back the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer full-size SUVs by 2019 or early 2020.

One other thing of note is the pickup’s name. Manley revealedthat Jeep may use one of its historic nameplates for the new pickup. Perhaps “Gladiator” as it was the name of a Wrangler based pickup concept that was revealed in 2005, or they could stick with the “Scrambler” nameplate.
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With how popular pickups are becoming, and I'm sure the segment's popularity will increase, you'd think Jeep would try their best to push out the Wrangler pickup as soon as they can. Jump on the bandwagon because there's no telling what the gas prices will look like in a few years and how the market will look.
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I agree with that but also disagree at the same time. I think Jeep is pretty on-board with that whatever they put out based around the Wrangler, it'll be successful no matter when they bring it out. Regardless, the pickup segment is super popular, has been, and will be. That doesn't look like something that will change anytime soon. As far as gas prices go, making changes to get it more fuel efficient shouldn't be much of an issue and even at that, it'll all be anticipated for sure.
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With how popular pickups are becoming, and I'm sure the segment's popularity will increase, you'd think Jeep would try their best to push out the Wrangler pickup as soon as they can. Jump on the bandwagon because there's no telling what the gas prices will look like in a few years and how the market will look.
Yeah but what's logical? Follow the proper R&D process for a product that is meant to last 7-8 years or push it out right away so it gets to market a year sooner? And if you look at how much of the JK is in the JL, you can even say what they do now will last another couple decades.

Plus with news of a Jeep Truck, anyone aware of this that really wants it isn't getting something else instead.
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There definitely is no rush for them to push it out. Gas prices really isn't such a big deal as you would think it is. Ford is coming out with a new v8, if that doesn't say enough, I don't know what does lol. This being the JT and having quite a buzz going for, getting it done and getting it done right is necessary. Even if the additional push in time is just for refinement and tuning, people won't mind the wait to ensure they're getting something solid like they expect.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 10:42 AM
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I thought the pickup's development was pretty far along with all of the prototype spy shots we've been seeing. And Jeep has probably been working on it for a while before they officially announced it to the world.
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And Jeep has probably been working on it for a while before they officially announced it to the world.
Actually, that might not be true due to how similar the JL is poised to be like the JK. If this was a completely new vehicle then that's a whole different story. Can't imagine them spending more than 2 years on this in total.

I might be downplaying the differences but so far that's how things are shaping up.
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The pickup may be somewhat based on the JL but its chassis, transmission, etc probably needed a whole lot of research and development as this is the first pickup Jeep will be mass producing in years. I can understand the JL having a shorter R&D period, but that may not be the case for the pickup.
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Nailed it with the chassis and drivetrain. Added weight means the drivetrain has to under-go even more testing to ensure it can hold up to it extensively. The pickup, as much as it's extremely similar to the JL, it will be potentially facing much more abuse through ownership and it has to be able to cope with it all.
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That goes with the introduction of new powertrains and the potential for going diesel which will play directly into the transmission of their choice along with the towing capacity it allows them. JK's already do 4000LBS, doubling that on the JT will do them a lot of good.
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