While recent spy shots depict a vehicle that looks pretty much like a Wrangler with a cargo bed on the surface, some photographs acquired by Motor Trend this week demonstrate that there may be more dissimilarities between the Wrangler SUV and its truck cousin than immediately meet the eye. More specifically: a photographer managed to capture some shots of the undercarriage from the rear, revealing a suspension design that looks more akin to what’s on the RAM 1500 than what’s on the new JL Wrangler.
You can check out the spy shots over at MotorTrend.com.
Looking at the Jeep pickup’s rear suspension next to those of the 2018 Wrangler and RAM 1500, it’s clear that the Jeep truck shares more with the Ram than the Wrangler. The dampers are positioned toward the front of the axle on both trucks, as opposed to the more rearward mounting point on the Wranger, and just as on the RAM 1500, the rear sway bar on the Jeep pickup is mounted rather low. The positioning of both trucks’ panhard bars appears to be quite similar, too.
Those suspension tweaks are important, as they could lend the forthcoming Jeep pickup more hauling and towing capacity than the Wrangler enjoys. Unfortunately, it will be some months yet before we know for sure.