The Gladiator concept based on the RAM 1500 platform was introduced by Jeep in 2005 and ever since then; a lot of rumors have been circulating. People are wondering whether Jeep will actually introduce a modern pick-up that will follow in the footsteps of a group of previous trucks like the Gladiator, CJ-10, Comanche, and Honcho along with others.
According to rumors, this would be the second Wrangler pick-up which is based on the CJ-8 Scrambler and also the first to come in three decades. According to Automotive News, the Wrangler production process will remain in Toledo, Ohio for the next generation.
Reports indicate that the pick-up version will be made alongside the two as well as four versions. The Cherokee will further move to Michigan and Illinois.
The specific details regarding the pickup are presently unclear but reports suggest that it will borrow aluminum parts from the second-generation Wrangler which will come with a diesel and small turbocharged four cylinder engine which has been improved for fuel economy.
Considering the size, the Wrangler pick-up can be expected to compete with small-to-medium size offerings like the GMC Canyon, the Chevrolet Colorado and also the Toyota Tacoma. It is not sure whether Dodge still plans to introduce the new Durango that will accommodate within the same segment.
The small truck market is growing quite rapidly and FCA could have one more offering, which is similar to that of GM. According to plans by FCA, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler should sell 350k units per year which includes all of its variants.
The 2 and 4 door 2018 Wrangler could be released in the same time as the pick-up version in 2017 or the FCA could decide to delay it till 2018. In the meantime, the present Jeep Wrangler is selling like crazy at the moment and there’s no indication of slowing down.
This comes as good news for Jeep and FCA, but it can be considered to be bad news for the Jeep Wrangler building community. According to the new regulation, the next Jeep Wrangler could be expected in 2017-2018 but the company needs to make sure that Jeep Wrangler fuel emission rate meets with the regulation.
Reports further indicate that Jeep will be looking to minimize the fuel emission number on the Jeep Wrangler. If these claims are true, FCA will need to improve the Jeep Plant in Toledo where the Wrangler is currently built.
News reports suggest that the plant is presently working overtime with employees coming in on Saturday and Sunday in order to meet the growing demands from potential buyers. With an upgrade, there will be more work to do on top of that.
Meanwhile, some spy photos have surfaced on the internet and people are wondering what they belong to. The vehicle looks like a present generation Jeep Wrangler Unlimited which the engineering team testing it definitely wants you to think.
In reality, however, there are high chances of it being the next-generation Jeep Wrangler which should release in a year or so, as mentioned before.
The bodywork seems similar to the original Wrangler, but there is probably going to be a lot of chassis, suspension and bodywork improvements to be featured in the upcoming models. The Jeep Wrangler is one of those modern vehicles which enjoy a cult status and therefore, any clean-sheet design made by the company results in a mixture of skepticism and conflict from the critics.