Jeep Pickup Truck Coming in 2015?

Jeep Pickup Truck Coming in 2015?

Jeep Gladiator Concept

According to a new report, Jeep is considering a pickup truck for a 2015 or 2016 launch. Still in the early stages of planning, the truck could take one of two forms currently under consideration.

The first would be to base it on the next-generation Wrangler SUV, producing something similar in vein to the Jeep Gladiator Concept (pictured above) that was unveiled at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. The other option would be to develop a completely new, specially-dedicated architecture for the truck. Jeep enthusiast would most certainly prefer the latter, given the limitations posed by the Wrangler’s architecture.

Speaking with Australia’s CarAdvice, Jeep president Mike Manley said a decision on whether to green-light the project would be made pretty soon.

“One of the issues is that when you go four door with a bed is that your break-over angle gets destroyed. We can still maintain approach and departure angles, but when we get to a certain length, the break-over becomes an issue. Then is it really a Wrangler?” explained Manley.

“The new generation of platforms that we are working on with Fiat are very, very versatile platforms,” he added. “I can see the opportunity in the future to bring a pick-up off a platform that has enough global volume so that we can build a genuine pick-up, in right-hand drive and left-hand drive.”

Until a Jeep Truck arrives in North America, Wrangler owners currently have the option of having their SUVs converted into a pickup by purchasing a $5,500 kit from Chrysler’s Mopar tuning division that provides all of the parts needed for the conversion.

Reference: CarAdvice


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