Jeep was caught testing the upcoming Wrangler-based pickup truck alongside the Crew Chief concept recently, marking the first time we’ve seen extensive shots of the pickup.
The Wrangler pickup, which Jeep may name “Scrambler,” is much longer than a standard Wrangler SUV with a long bed at the rear. Previous reports state the Wrangler pickup could be 33 inches longer and boast beefier axles to support greater payloads over the Wrangler.
The camouflage does a good job at hiding the finer details, but it’s clear the design takes plenty from the Wrangler. We can make out Jeep’s slotted grille and round headlights found on the Wrangler. Interestingly, Jeep tested the Wrangler pickup prototype alongside the Crew Chief concept. For what reason, we don’t know, but maybe Jeep has a hardcore off-road variant in the works akin to the Crew Chief concept.
Production of the Wrangler pickup may begin in 2019, per Jeep boss Mike Manley. We recently learned the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will shift from the Toledo, Ohio, North facility to the South facility so the plant can retool for the Wrangler pickup.