We’ve seen spy shots of the Wrangler based pickup mule before and the truck bed has always looked a bit off, like something Jeep slapped on along with wheels that didn’t fit perfectly into the wheel wells. Now a new prototype has been spotted and it looks to be production ready with both aforementioned problems missing.
Of the four-door Unlimited variety, the new prototype is sporting wheels that actually fit. They look similar to the 17-inch aluminum wheels offered with the current JK Wrangler Rubicon, so we can assume that the pickup we’re seeing is of the same trim. Another difference we can spot is the shortened front end compared to what we saw last summer along with what could be a smaller bumper, but it’s hard to tell with the front facia fully covered.
What’s interesting is the two different roof camouflage patterns the new prototype has. Maybe it’s hiding the different roof options Jeep could offer with the new Wrangler pickup, or we could be looking into it too much. Let us know what you think.
Codenamed “JT”, the Wrangler JL based pickup’s release date has been pushed back to 2019, perhaps later in the year. But it is coming and they will be produced at the Toldeo, OH plant.
This is exciting news for Jeep enthusiasts because the automaker hasn’t produced a pickup since 1992 with the death of the Comanche. Sure, we saw pickup concepts in 2005 and 2012, but both the gladiator and J-12 never made it to production so Wrangler lovers had to look elsewhere for modification kits.
The JT’s release date may have been delayed, but JL production will start in the fourth quarter of this year and it’ll be sitting on a new chassis with some use of aluminum. Once the 2018 Wrangler has been uncovered, we can use it as an outline for what the pickup variant will look like.
Though it probably won’t share the 2.0L, turbocharged four-cylinder, a 3.6L V6, and turbo diesel engines that its bed-less sibling is offered with.
Production Ready Jeep Pickup Prototype Album