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New 2019 Jeep Wrangler 'JT' pick-up truck spotted

Published: 26 May 2017

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If the likes of the Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 don’t float your boat, then you may be in luck – because Jeep is working on a pick-up version of its fabled Wrangler.

Our spy photographers caught the new Wrangler-based pick-up being tested both on and off the road, in a heavily camouflaged form. This prototype is a four-door, double-cab version, with a sizeable bed on the back, although other versions may well be in the works.

Codenamed JT, we hear the Jeep pick-up has been pushed back to 2019. It's slated to be built in the Toledo factory in Ohio and feature downsized 2.0-litre turbocharged engines, as well as a 3.6 V6 and a turbodiesel for export markets such as the EU.

Jeep JT pick-up: spy photos by CAR magazine

The concept of a Jeep pick-up isn’t a new one. The company has several in its back catalogue, including the Gladiator of the ’60s and the Cherokee-based Comanche – which was launched in 1985 and ran until 1992. When the Comanche production finally lines shut down, the era of the Jeep pick-up ended.

Why did Jeep stop making pick-ups?

They were never hugely popular and Dodge – another of parent company Chrysler’s brands – was enjoying great success with its range of pick-ups. 

Because Chrysler was, at the time, trying to coordinate its efforts a little better, the decision was made to have Dodge retain and focus on pick-ups – while Jeep would stick to SUVs.

2019 Jeep Wrangler pick-up spy shots

So why launch the Jeep JT now?

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is likely keen to cash in on the current success of the booming ‘compact’ pick-up market in the US, hence the sudden appearance of the Jeep Wrangler pick-up.

Jeep clearly likes the idea itself, mind, as it’s been touting various pick-up concepts since 2005 – and it has the history, market appeal and the know-how to field stout contender in the sector.

Tell me more about the new one

The Jeep JT pick-up will be based on the upcoming 2018 ‘JL’ Wrangler, which is due to arrive this autumn. Sources suggest that the entire line-up will feature new underpinnings, with some aluminium in its construction to trim weight. We hear there may also be a hybrid version in the works.

Production will take place at Chryler’s Toledo Complex, in Toledo, Ohio. There’s no word on pricing or if a right-hand-drive version will be offered, yet, but expect more news closer to the next-gen Wrangler’s launch in 2017/18.

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2018 Jeep Wrangler pick-up spy shots

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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