The inbound Jeep Wrangler pickup truck may not be based on the 2018 Wrangler JL’s platform, according to a new report from Automotive News.
Similar to the Jeep Gladiator concept the automaker introduced in 2005 (above) the inbound Jeep Wrangler pickup may share platform with a Ram 1500 and simply employ Jeep bodywork and other Jeep components.
AN says it can’t be positive the Wrangler pickup will share its platform with the Ram 1500, but there’s enough evidence to support such a claim. According to inside sources, the Wrangler pickup’s launch has been pushed back to 2019 in order to build a new paint shop at Fiat Chrysler’s Toledo South plant. This is because the Wrangler pickup is too long and won’t fit in the shop.
Another factor supporting AN’s claim is the Trump administration’s trade policies. If the U.S. government succeeds in implementing a large tariff on vehicles built outside the U.S., Fiat Chrysler will be forced to move Ram production north. Having the Wrangler pickup share as many parts with either the current or next-generation Ram 1500 will simplify production procedures as long as the new Ram is also built in the U.S.
The Jeep Wrangler pickup will arrive at FCA dealers in the U.S. sometime in 2019.