In January Jeep confirmed it would be building a Wrangler-based pickup truck, which should hit the market by 2018. A previous report indicated the Jeep pickup wouldn’t be Wrangler based but would be a compact truck, however that rumored smaller Jeep pickup might not be completely off the table.
Speaking to The Detroit News on the floor of the 2016 New York International Auto Show in Detroit, Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed there may be room in Jeep’s lineup for two pickups: one Wrangler-based mid-size pickup, and the aforementioned compact.
“I think there’s opportunity there in the U.S. if you look at what’s happened in the mid-size segment here – significant growth last year,” Manley said. “I think that space is big enough, certainly, to have two offerings there.”
Manley said he’s encouraged by the growth of the mid-size segment in recent years, particularly with the success of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, which were introduced in 2014 for the 2015 model year.