In September it was reported that the long-awaited and much rumored Jeep pickup would reach production by 2017 or 2018. At the time Jeep had yet to confirm such a product, however they did just that this week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Speaking to The Detroit News, Jeep brand boss Mike Manley confirmed a Wrangler-based Jeep pickup will arrive by 2018. Previous reports indicated the pickup may not be Wrangler based but instead based upon a smaller platform, such as the Small Wide 4×4 architecture employed in the Jeep Renegade, however this will not be the case.
“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,” Manley said. “For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.”
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne also confirmed the new pickup will be built in Toledo, OH alongside the next-generation Wrangler. Production of the Cherokee, which is currently built alongside the Wrangler at Toledo, is expected to move to a different facility following the introduction of the pickup.