It’s official – an all-new Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck is on the way, expected to arrive at Jeep dealerships in April 2019. Not since the Comanche was last produced in 1992 has Jeep offered such a model. Although numerous questions about the pickup truck remain unanswered, there are certain details we know. Read on to find out more.
Just call it the Jeep Scrambler
Some Jeep enthusiasts had been hoping the Comanche moniker would be revived for the new model, but all indications point to the Jeep Scrambler name getting the nod instead. Jeep renewed its Scrambler trademark in 2015, ahead of its announcement that the brand would once again offer a pickup truck.
What’s significant about the Scrambler is that the name was once affixed to a special version of the 1981-1985 Jeep CJ-7, the immediate predecessor to the Wrangler.
Let the battle begin
The Jeep pickup truck is a midsize model, so it will compete with such established players as the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. Other rivals include the revived Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Moreover, its arrival will likely follow another highly anticipated revival: the Ford Ranger. Competition should be stiff, but Jeep will likely enjoy pent-up demand for a product it hasn’t offered in a quarter of a century.
Four-by-four and more
Although the segment is dominated by rear-wheel drive pickup trucks with available four-wheel drive, we can’t help but wonder if Jeep will make the Scrambler four-wheel drive only. The reason? The Wrangler itself is four-wheel drive only, as Jeep discontinued the previous rear-wheel drive model.
This move would be in keeping with Jeep’s quest to deliver a model with the strongest off-road capabilities, including high ground clearance and excellent water fording capabilities. Further, the Wrangler is already the leader in approach, break over, and departure angle capabilities — we’d expect no less than that from Jeep.
4. Engines and transmission choices we like
We expect Jeep will align the Scrambler’s engine and transmission choices with the Wrangler. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 paired with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes a robust 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
The second of three engine choices is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This all-new engine delivers 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The third engine choice, a turbocharged diesel, would place the Jeep pickup truck in a category currently served only by the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. This engine is a 3.0-liter V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque; it’s also mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Consider this engine as the one that’ll give the Jeep its top towing power, perhaps topping the 7,700-pound tow rating of the Colorado and the Canyon.
5. An interior to please Jeep fans
We’re expecting only one cab choice with the Jeep pickup truck, a four-door much like the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Designed to seat five, it’s the most popular choice among today’s pickup trucks.
Among the cool features found in the Wrangler Unlimited we think will make the cut are the one-way floor drain valves useful for interior cleaning and drainage. We also expect standard cloth seats, available leather, and a split fold-up bench seat in the rear with underfloor storage.
Other top features offered by Jeep elsewhere are bound to find a way to at least one of this model’s trim levels. These items include an 8.4-inch UConnect telematics system, a Harman Kardon audio system, heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and upgraded trim.
Jeep, There’s Only One
The Jeep pickup truck is set to shake up the segment by first expanding it as it fulfills pent-up demand. We also see it siphoning customers from competing models, especially people who want Jeep’s unmatched off-road credentials.
In short, any new Jeep is a welcome addition to the product line – but when it comes to a pickup truck, it’s destined to be a fan favorite with an altogether promising future.