2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup

by Heather Platt | Posted on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Jeep hasn’t sold a pickup truck since 1992, when the XJ Cherokee-based Comanche went out of production, though Jeep has made many concept pickup trucks to tease us. Now, we know that a Wrangler pickup is on its way, and it’s high on our list of cars we can’t wait to drive. To say we’re excited for the Wrangler pickup would be an understatement, so let’s round up everything we think we know about it.

2019 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep started the Wrangler pickup fever in 2005 with the Gladiator Concept (shown above), but it never reached production. A handful of concepts since only served to whet our collective appetite further.

Unfortunately, Jeep has since delayed pickup production until late 2019, nearly two years after the next-generation Wrangler is set to arrive. Manley says that he wants to make sure there are no issues with Wrangler SUV production before Jeep starts building the pickup. Both Wrangler models will be built at Jeep’s Toledo, Ohio plant, which is undergoing a $700 million upgrade to prepare for the new vehicles.

We should see the Wrangler debut in SUV form later in 2017, but Jeep hasn’t announced when the pickup will make its debut.

The JL Wrangler is supposed to retain its classic body-on-frame construction, but it might get a new aluminum-intensive body. Like Ford with the current F-150, switching to lightweight aluminum construction could help fuel economy, never a strong suit with the Wrangler. Diesel and hybrid Wranglers are also rumored, but yet to be confirmed.

We do know the Wrangler is set to get a serious interior upgrade, complete with FCA’s latest UConnect infotainment system. Thankfully, a manual transmission will remain on the options list, and the Wrangler is likely to retain its iconic removable doors.

Americans love pickup trucks, and Americans love Jeeps. Sergio Marchionne knows this, so building a Wrangler pickup is a complete and total no brainer. It’ll also be wildly different from every other pickup currently on sale, which should help it further.

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