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Spied: Jeep Wrangler-based pickup prototype caught testing

Spied: Jeep Wrangler-based pickup prototype caught testing image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | posted July 21, 2016 11:22

Next-gen Jeep Wrangler to be available as a pickup soon

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will indeed spawn a pickup variant after our spy photographers were able to snap some photos of what appears to be a prototype version of the ute.

Apparently based on the four-door Unlimited body, Jeep's upcoming pickup (codenamed JT) gets a pretty decent sized bed. The bodywork itself was heavily camouflaged but the prototype pickup does show some new revisions which may also make its way in the regular models.

Top front quarter view of the Jeep Wrangler pickup prototype 

For starters, it gets a more rakish windshield, slightly reworked fender flares, wider side mirrors and a larger front grill. Moreover, the Wrangler-based pickup appears to have a longer wheelbase which may indicate that the new-generation Wranglers (codenamed JL) will get the same treatment as well.

Another view of the Wrangler-based pickup prototype

Other than that, the all-new Wrangler will also be getting a new chassis, lighter materials and an array of new engines beside the 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter turbo-diesel. The new motors will reportedly be a new 2.0-liter turbo-gasoline engine and a hybrid powertrain.

 The rear quarter of the Wrangler-based pickup

Production of the 2018 Wrangler will begin in Q4 of 2017 while the pickup variant is expected to follow suit in either Q3 or Q4 of 2018, which could deem it as a 2019 model year. Both the regular Wrangler and pickup version will be produced in the recently retooled Toledo, Ohio plant.