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Jeep Wrangler pickup not due until late 2019

 

Recently, Jeep confirmed that a pickup would be in its lineup in the near future. This was met with a lot of excitement by people who love the off-roading ability of Jeep SUVs but want the convenience of having a well-built pickup truck. However, if you are in the mood for a different Jeep flavor, you may have to wait a little longer. According to CEO Mike Manley, the pickup won’t enter production into late 2019.

The auto manufacturer is also contemplating naming the truck. Other Jeep pickups were called the Gladiator (later the J-series), Comanche and original Willys Jeep Truck. The name that makes the most sense is the Gladiator as it was the name used in a Wrangler-based concept that was rolled out in 2005. In the past, the trucks were made at Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s plant in Toledo, Ohio, and this new version should be built here, as well.

While Jeep is not starting production yet, this is, in a way, good news for Jeep. The automaker already has a full plate as its redesigned Compass is gaining in popularity. At the same time, Jeep is working on a redesigned Grand Cherokee and a Grand Wagoneer full-size SUV. Jeep is being a bit cautious here, which should be good news for anyone wanting to buy any model. The company doesn’t want to rush things and hurt quality. At the same time, this will end up being a nearly two-year delay, which isn’t good news to anyone who is excited to buy a Jeep pickup.

Jeep has a history of producing SUVs that can go anywhere in the world. While a lot of SUV manufacturers designed SUVs with car drivers in mind, Jeep has always stuck to its roots and made SUVs that can actually do well in the mud, snow and rocks. Jeep has produced trucks for decades, beginning in 1947 and ending with the Comanche in 1992. While details haven’t been released, they should offer a quality pickup, including multiple options. The company discontinued the Jeep Comanche in 1992 in order to focus on the Dodge Dakota, which was itself discontinued in 2011.

The company, for years, has teased potential buyers with concepts and pickup ideas. For example, the Jeep-J12 was produced for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari off-roading event in 2012. A Jeep Gladiator, which was based off the Jeep Wrangler platform, was also shown off at the at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show. While there are no Jeep pickups on the production line yet, if you want to check out or test drive any current models, you can head to Chapman Chrysler Jeep and see what you think.

A Jeep pickup truck, whatever it ends up being called, is sure to be received with open arms. It’s probably going to cost more than other pickups on the market, though with the Jeep name and the off-roading capabilities, a new Jeep pickup is certainly worth the investment. Though, until there is an official announcement and production gets started, anyone looking at getting a new Jeep pickup shouldn’t get too excited, yet.

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