A pickup truck version of the iconic Wrangler has been anticipated for quite a few years now. And now we finally have official statements announcing its arrival sometime in mid-2018. We also have a bunch of spy shots that give us a glimpse of the upcoming pickup truck. So, expect Jeep’s upcoming pickup to adopt a new architecture, featuring a long wheelbase and a spacious cargo bed. Moreover, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck should offer two gasoline-powered and a turbo-diesel engine. The latest addition to Jeep’s portfolio will actually come as the company’s first pickup truck since the discontinuation of the Comanche in 1992.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Design
The Wrangler-based truck will ride on new underpinnings but expect it to remain a traditional body-on-frame vehicle. Although the new platform uses a steel frame, it also incorporates a large percentage of aluminum and plastic body panels. In that regard, expect the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck to benefit from huge weight savings. Now, the spy shots of test mule reveal a surprisingly long wheelbase as well as a large bed. With its five-foot cargo bed, the Wrangler pickup will be only marginally shorter than a standard half-ton pickup truck. Design-wise, expect it to retain much of the recognizable styling associated with this long-lived model. The front end will feature a new take on the brand’s signature seven-slot grille. At the back, expect to see light clusters similar to those found on Ram trucks. More detailed reports concerning the exterior and interior design will hopefully surface very soon.
2018 Wrangler Pickup Truck Engine Range
In terms of engine options, we expect the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck to offer both gasoline and diesel units. The familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is likely to carry over as the base powertrain with both manual and automatic transmissions. However, a ZF-sourced eight-speed gearbox should replace the old five-speed automatic. We also expect the Wrangler pickup to get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder called the Hurricane. As for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler diesel version, it is likely to use a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that already powers the Ram 1500. Some reports speculate about a hybrid model but its launch isn’t likely to take place any time soon.
Jeep Wrangler Pickup Price
We’re still in the dark when it comes to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck pricing details. However, our guess is that Jeep’s brand new pickup truck should cost more than the regular Wrangler SUV. In that case, expect it to start at around $30,000.