- The Scrambler will be the first Jeep Pickup in almost 30 years.
- Will be based on the new-gen Wrangler.
- The heavily cladded test mules are continuing tests
Although Jeep hasn’t put out an official word yet, the LA Motor Show organisers have confirmed the debut of the Jeep Pickup at the show later this month. This will be the first Jeep Pickup in almost 30 years and will be based on the new-gen Wrangler JL.
The leaked documents from FCA presentation reveals that the Pickup will carry an authentic Jeep design, 15 class-exclusive innovations, next-generation safety tech, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity apart from Jeep off-road and real truck capabilities. However, there has no confirmation yet on whether the Pickup will bear the Scrambler moniker. We expect it to be similar in size to a Chevrolet Colorado or Toyota Tacoma, thus competing in the midsize pickup class.
The test mule still carries heavy cladding but we know that the styling of the Pickup will be identical to the Wrangler with a dual cab layout. It's expected to be based on a modified long-wheelbase Wrangler Unlimited platform, with similar front-end styling and traditional Jeep styling towards the rear. The truck bed with the spare wheel will have underpinnings akin to the one seen on the Ram 1500. Even the suspension will be sourced from the Dodge. The fascia will be similar to the Wrangler but the rear – with the truck bed – will have a newly designed bumper with a new tailgate.
Powering the Scrambler (if it retains that name) will be the same powertrain options as the Wrangler. This means that under the hood will be the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 producing 280bhp apart from the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor putting out 265bhp. Meanwhile, the oil burner would be the 3.0-litre V6 but that is expected to debut later. Transmission would be an eight-speed automatic and a hybrid is likely to be added later too.