Jeep fans have been clamoring for a Wrangler-based pickup truck for what seems like decades now. For all those years, Jeep teased us with pickup truck concepts, like the Gladiator concept and the J-12 concept shown above, but never pulled the trigger on a production model. That all changes for 2017: The next-gen Wrangler will finally, finally offer a pickup variant, right from the factory.
That’s the word from The Detroit News, as per a conversation with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. The CEO also confirmed that both the standard Wrangler and the pickup truck will be built in the Toledo, Ohio facility where the current Wrangler is assembled.
Jeep global chief Mike Manley told The Detroit News that the Wrangler pickup will arrive in late 2017. “Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup,” he said. “For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.”
FCA confirmed that they had invested $1 billion to breath new life into the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to construct the all new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer while the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio will be used to build the new pickups. The Wrangler is rumored to feature a 3.6L V-6, 2.0L turbo four, and possibly a diesel model as well.