2017-2018: Jeep to Build Wrangler Pickup Truck

Possible 2016 jeep Wrangler pickup Truck
Straight from the horse’s mouth – Jeep president and CEO Mike Manley expressed his desire to meet North America’s demand for a Jeep Wrangler pickup truck by putting one into production with the next generation of Wranglers while attending the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The last time a Jeep pickup graced the streets was the Jeep Comanche back in 1992, but demand in the states for a Jeep pickup truck has been ramping up over the past few years, with the Wrangler platform as a front-runner. Now, with the Jeep Wrangler coming off its best selling year in history, Mr. Manley expressed the company’s interest in expanding the Jeep lineup and a Jeep pickup truck is exactly what he has in mind. Noting that sales of the currently available JK-8 pickup truck conversion kit for Wranglers has far exceeded their initial expectations, Manley was adamant about Jeep owners driving the company forward and forming the overall direction of the business – and the current path seems to be leading right to a pickup truck. Whether this new addition to the Jeep lineup will be a full-sized truck or a compact pickup like the Comanche is also yet to be addressed, but a good guess has the new addition looking very similar to the JK-8 conversions.

As for when to expect a new Jeep truck on dealer’s lots, many will tell you Jeep plans to wait until the projected 2017-2018 release of the next generation Wranglers. So long as Jeep keeps with their current trend of releasing their next generations every ten years, 2017-2018 will be when the Wrangler gets its next overhaul and could be joined by a new fleet of pickup trucks when they start showing up at dealerships across North America.

A “Baby” Jeep Wrangler!?

Also hinted at by CEO Mike Manley was the production of a smaller Jeep (coined ‘baby jeep”) that will be riding on a Fiat platform in the coming years, possibly even as soon as 2014. Few details are known outside of Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirming Fiat is to produce a “Jeep variant” of Fiat’s 500x crossover.

Looking to the Future

As Jeep pushes further into the global battle over automotive sales, the popularity of its flagship vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler, is hitting all-time highs here in the states. Clearly, Jeep feels it’s time to cash in on the growing opportunity to introduce new models to US markets in an effort to expand its overall market share. If Jeep can transfer the main selling points of its current brand and keep new models affordable to the majority of consumers, there’s little reason to doubt the possibility of success when also considering the strong brand loyalty within its current customer base.

News Sources: Fiat-based Jeep, Wrangler Pickup

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. The Comanche was Cherokee based, not Wrangler. The closest to a Wrangler based civilian production Jeep was the CJ-8. The CJ-8 was a CJ though, not a Wrangler.


    1. The Comanche wouldn’t look like a Comanche if they used todays Cherokee to make the new one. The new Wrangler is much closer to the look and function. All you seem to care about is name, name, name. Comparing the old Cherokees to the new ones is like comparing a 67 Camaro to an 87 Camaro, the old one was WAY better and a completely different car but it seems like you’d say they’re the same care because they have the same name. Kinda like the new Dart sucks and is the new Neon but you probably think it’s a Dart. My 91 Wrangler had a CJ hood and grille. Not sure why you’re whining about the difference of a CJ and a Wrangler… Wranglers ARE the new CJ’s. It’s plain and simple… Or so I thought.


      1. Is everybody got alzheimers? This does not even vaguely remind me of the comanche? This is what I would term as a new version of the Jeep Scrambler CJ8 from the early eiighties. Great Idea !! I think it would be awesome . My 85 year old uncle had a new scrambler in the early eighties with a plow (to replace his 1947 CJ2A with a plow) ,and he now has an S10 2WD ( he no longer plows) , and I mentioned it to him & he said he’s ready to buy one. He loved the idea on his scrambler of a jeep, a pickup, and a removeable top all in one vehicle.


  2. Please just make the damm wrangler truck with removable freedom top and I will buy one every year , how cool would it bo to have a convertable truck for work


    1. Dodge made a Dakota convertible From 1989-1991. A friend of mine bought one new in 1990. A fun truck for sure but you have to be careful loading long objects in the bed or you might just punch a hole through that soft top!


  3. We love Crew cab Wrangler, but just traded our crew cab Nissan Frontier Pick up 4×4 on the Crew Cab Eco Diesel Dodge Ram 4×4. our local dealer is dodge/Jeep and even my wife noted the quad cab Wrangler would be the ideal second vehicle. that’s beyond our budget. but a crew cab wrangler pick up with the Eco diesel would be a great upgrade from the Ram.


  4. 6 speed manual? 4 or 5 cylinder Diesel !? Removable top? Side mounted tire!? Better suspension than Dakota? Interior that can handle dirt and water? I have been waiting for nine years. Please build it. Please make it affordable. I don’t need power windows, touch screens heated/fabric seats, carpet or even air conditioning. Make a quality product without the flash.


  5. It looks AWESOME!!! You will sell a ton of them……especially if you mount the tire on the back gate. It looks a little funny on the side of the vehicle. Also, bring back rescue green. Our jeep is rescue green and we LOVE it! We have people asking to buy it off of us right and left and we don’t want to sell it.


  6. Jeep Gladiator concept is a winner. Even 10 year old prototype scores ! Bring it on ! Price it right and you have a great success in USA.


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