Jeep’s forthcoming Wrangler-like pickup truck – which could be called the “Jeep Scrambler“, after a pickup truck version of the CJ-7 sold during the 1980s – ought to start shipping out to dealerships across the US by April, 2019, according to Automotive News. That’s what dealers were told at a meeting with the automaker today – a meeting that reportedly didn’t contain much else in the way of new information.
The Jeep Scrambler has been anticipated for a long time, with the first murmurings of its existence surfacing some time around 2015. Late last year, spy photographers managed to snap a few photos of the undercarriage of one prototype, revealing a rear suspension design more akin to that of the Ram 1500 than that of the Wrangler, suggesting that the forthcoming Jeep Scrambler might have some serious towing and hauling abilities, despite its diminutive size.
According to Automotive News, Fiat Chrysler dealers say that outside of the Jeep Scrambler launch date announcement, the one-hour meeting was filled with recaps on 2017 sales statistics, and rosy projections for what lies ahead in 2018. “Economic conditions are good” for 2018 sales growth, FCA US Head of Sales Reid Bigland reportedly told the dealers, and the redesigned Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 are both timed right to capitalize on it.
Fiat Chrysler US sales decreased 8.2 percent last year as fleet sales slid. They’re down another 6.2 percent through the first two months of 2018.