Rumors swirling about a new pickup truck based on the iconic Jeep Wrangler have been around for months. Jeep put an end to the rumor this week at the Detroit Auto Show, confirming the brand will build a production pickup soon.
Jeep’s Mike Manley told the Detroit News the company will release a pickup based off the Wrangler some time in late 2017.
Details on the new Jeep pickup are thin, but various media report the burly-looking truck will be produced in the brand’s Toledo, Ohio, plant.
Jeeps are wildly popular off-road trucks loved by many in the outdoors. Adding the option of a pickup bed to the line gives a new dimension for people who need hauling capabilities This model also opens up the exciting option of burly camper add-ons and toppers.
The new launch will be far from the first Jeep pickup. The Jeep Gladiator, a full-size model based on the Wagoneer, was built from 1962 to 1988. The J-10 was produced from 1971 to 1988, and it included the slick Honcho trim model.
But beyond a Gladiator concept in 2005, and the J12 in 2012, Jeep has been absent from the pickup market for decades.
Additional details of the pickup are expected to be outlined later this month during Jeep’s 2016 earnings call.
While it may be a while before we get a glimpse at a new Jeep truck rolling down the road, it’s an exciting announcement for many Jeep lovers who will be certain to watch this model release with great interest.