A prototype of the forthcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup truck has been spied near Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s headquarters in the US. Heavily clad in camouflage, the prototype didn’t give away much in terms of details, but through the disguise, we can glimpse what looks like a pretty classically Jeep front-end appearance, with round headlights flanking a vertically-slotted grille.
You can see the spy shots yourself on the Motor1 website.
More than likely, the new Jeep Scrambler pickup will be based on the lengthened platform of the four-door Wrangler JL, although previous spy shots seemed to expose a rear suspension setup that was more similar to the RAM 1500’s than to the Wrangler’s. Given its roots, it looks like the new truck will compete in the mid-size pickup class, and these new spy shots appear to corroborate that notion.
With regard to motivation, we’d expect the Jeep Scrambler to rely on essentially the same range of powertrain options as the all-new JL Wrangler, with Fiat Chrysler’s trusty 3.6L Pentastar V6 serving as the base engine, a turbocharged 2.0L I4 with a mild hybrid system providing a more fuel-efficient alternative, and possibly a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 serving fans of oil-burners. FCA’s 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic will most likely be present, although a 6-speed manual could be made available as an option with certain powerplants.
In all likelihood, it won’t be until late in 2018 that the forthcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup truck officially breaks cover, so settle in; we’ve got a long wait ahead of us.
(Spy shots: Motor1.com)