The Jeep Wrangler Pickup has been a long time coming, with spy shots surfacing over the web since 2016. The latest batch of photos show two distinct variants of the pickup on test rounds.
Jeep recently launched the JL-generation Wrangler, prompting many to believe that the pickup version based on the iconic off-roader is not far off behind. It looks like Jeep is closer than ever to formally unveil the Wrangler-based pickup as seen from this fresh batch of spy shots. Seen in the photos are two different variants of the pickup doing test rounds together.
One of the test mules sports aggressive tyres, specifically a set of Falken Wildpeak M/T rubber in 285/70 R17 size. The size puts the tyre at roughly 33 inches, identical to that on the Wrangler Rubicon. This could mean that the pickup could also be a Rubicon variant, although the JL Wrangler Rubicon rolls on BF Goodrich All-Terrain TA KO2 rubber. The tyres on the pickup have never been used on any factory Wrangler before. Perhaps the pickup requires tyres with a different load rating, or Jeep is testing an alternative set of rubber to the excellent KO2s.
The second test mule sports what looks like a set of street-oriented tyres. The 255/70 R18 Bridgestone Dueler H/Ts on the mule are also shod on the four-door Wrangler Sahara as an option. This could mean that Jeep is working on a hardcore off-road as well as a more luxurious version of the pickup truck.
What we can infer from the batch of photos is that the Wrangler pickup will most certainly offer the split removable hardtop over the front seats which is a feature on the two-door and four-door Wranglers. The pickup seems to be turning out pretty well. That leaves us with one more question: What name will the pickup range wear? Although “Wrangler pickup” is technically the most suitable name for the test mules, scattered discussions over the internet seem to think that Jeep might revive an old name from its history for this model. ‘Scrambler’ seems to be the favourite with Jeep using the moniker on its CJ8-based two-door pickup produced between 1981 and 1985.
There is no clear time period on when the pickup will arrive on the streets, but the test mules look like they are pretty close to entering serial production.
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