Everybody’s wanted a Jeep Wrangler pickup truck at some point, and the company seems to be well aware of this fact too. While there have been ongoing rumors about a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck, evidence of its debut has now been going around.
What’s interesting is that Jeep officials have actually confirmed that the general public will soon be seeing them. New spy shots of a test mule (prototype model) have come up. According to what reports confirm, this new Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck will be based on a body-on-platform, much like Ford F-150.
Speculations also hold that Jeep will try and lose every bit of extra weight in this pickup truck. For what it’s worth, the makers might use a hydro-formed steel ladder frame and high-strength aluminum for the entire body. It is even highly possible that both 2-door and 4-door body type will be presented in the option.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck – Engine Specs
To make the most out of performance, a 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V6 might be under the hood of the new model. Jeep is expected to offer options for both 8-speed ZF automatic and 6-speed manual transmission along with this engine. Expect its output figures to stay around 320 HP of power and 347 lb-ft of torque.
Another engine option might include a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 (aka Hurricane). It’s capable of producing a power of 380 HP and torque of 410 lb-ft. There hasn’t been any sort of speculations about a diesel engine as of now. Drive configuration will include options for a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
Design wise; this new Pickup Truck is expected to look familiar to the standard Jeep Wrangler (and the spy shot hints such). According to the images, the test model has a straightforward approach and seems to retain the iconic circular headlamps along with a vertical chrome grille. The test model has a double cab configuration and a standard bed which makes its overall profile pretty oblong.
The specific details of exterior styling are still vague as the test model in the spy shots is heavily camouflaged. By the looks of the knobby off-road tires of the test model, Jeep might focus this new Wrangler pickup truck to be a work-oriented vehicle. If this analogy is true, then don’t expect an overly fancy interior cabin. Instead, the cabin might just be functional and practical with subtle refinements.
New Pickup Truck will come with sporty bucket front seats. Far-fetched as it might sound, power reclining and heating functions on the front seats as standard is a high possibility. In the case of double cab configuration, the rear seat is to offer split-folding for opening up extra cargo space.
Price and Release Date
According to what the company officials have disclosed, this 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck is scheduled for a late 2017 arrival. For starters, the price point of this newbie could stay close to $30,000. Expect Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline to put out a strong challenge.