A heavily cladded Jeep Scrambler pickup test mule was spotted testing on the roads in Michigan, U.S. Despite being camouflaged, it gives us an idea of how this vehicle will turn out to be.
For one, sources expect this truck to be underpinned by the same platform seen in the long-wheelbase Wrangler Unlimited. Although the new Jeep Wrangler has already been launched, the masked sections of this test car suggest that the design must be different from its SUV siblings. Of course, the classic Wrangler look has been retained thanks to the traditional edgy silhouette and Jeep grille. Plus, there are reports which indicate that an aluminium-intense construction is on the cards to reduce weight.
Powering the Scrambler at launch could be the 3.6-litre V6 motor with an eight-speed automatic transmission strapped-on. There’s also speculation about a hybrid model hitting the line-up at a later time. Armed with the Scrambler, Jeep expects to give some competition to vehicles like the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet’s Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma.
Expect FCA to unveil the Scrambler later this year before it goes into production in early 2019.