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2018 Wrangler Pickup Spied on Open Road

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Popularity of Iconic Jeep Spurs Brand Extension

Although Jeep pickup trucks have come and gone, the 2018 Wrangler pickup appears to be a real thing, thanks to spies for “Car and Driver” magazine. The heavily camouflaged four-door pickup has been spotted out on the open road. Based on the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the new pickup will be on a new steel and aluminum frame that will also support the Jeep Wrangler for the 2018 model year. Expect the 3.6L Pentastar V-6, the standard engine in the Wrangler today to power the pickup as well, but there is talk of a 2.0L turbocharged four-banger as an option for both the pickup and the Wrangler. Expect the new Jeep pickup to start rolling onto the lot at Chapman Jeep in the fall of 2017.

Jeep Pickups Date Back to 1947

Just as the vehicle that became the Wrangler made its debut in World War II, the Jeep pickup was not far behind. Jeep offered a pickup of some version from 1947 all the way up to 1992. Some theorize that Chrysler, after taking control of the Jeep brand, didn’t want a small pickup competing with the Dakota, while others blamed a lack of sales. For whatever reason they disappeared, the strong mid-size truck market and the clamor of Jeep aficionados is bringing the pickup back. It will enter a field already full of competition with the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon and the new Honda Ridgeline. There are also strong rumors about Ford bringing back a new version of the Ranger.

Cool FC Truck Perfect for Farming

After WWII, the vehicle that preceded the Jeep Wrangler first became popular with farmers for its utilitarian design and ability to go where others dare not tread. When Jeep introduced the snub-nose FC truck in 1957, it combined all that ability with a look that remains a popular collector’s item. The FC also had numerous power takeoff ports where farmers could attach mowers, balers and other farm equipment. Jeep recently created an FC concept vehicle, which had those anticipating a return of the pickup in a state of frenzy. Sadly for them, the FC was just a one-off nostalgic remembrance of days gone by.

J-Series Still on Road Today

The longest running Jeep pickup was the J-series, which had the front end of an old Wagoneer or Cherokee attached to the bed of a pickup. It was launched in 1963 and continued production through 1987. Originally called the Gladiator, the company renamed it with their alphabet philosophy in the 1970s. Expect supplies of the new Jeep pickup to be limited, so stay in touch with Chapman Jeep to see how you can be one of the first to drive one home.

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