A Jeep Wrangler-based pickup has long been on our (and a lot of other people’s) wishlist. The Detroit News claims it got confirmation it will happen via direct quote from Jeep CEO Michael Manly, although the facts cannot be substantiated at this point. According to a spokesperson at Jeep, Manly may have said something to that effect but it was off the record. He was reportedly quoted as saying,
“Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup… For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.”
In any case, the supposed comment stated the pickup would be based on the next generation of Wrangler set to launch in 2017… so there’s plenty of time to plan all the mods you want to do to your hypothetical Wrangler-based pickup.
The idea of another Jeep pickup is nothing new. The company has been toying with the idea in the form of concept vehicles for quite some time. There was the Gladiator from the 2005 Detroit Auto Show and the J-12 from the Moab Easter Jeep Safari. TFLcar will continue coverage of the 2016 NAIAS tomorrow, during which we’ll try to corner Manly and get a statement… but don’t hold your breath. We’re probably not the only ones who’ll be clamoring to find out more about what was said earlier today.