Fans of the Jeep Wrangler rejoice after the company recently confirmed that the next-generation SUV will be getting a pickup brother. According to The Detroit News, company CEO Mike Manley said that both he and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne, have been fans of making a pickup version of the revered Wrangler.
“Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup. For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it,” said Manley.
Exact details about the upcoming Wrangler-based pickup weren't revealed, but based on previous reports, it will apparently keep its body-on frame construction and floating solid axles. It may however use an aluminum shell in order to reduce weight. Powertrain-wise, Marchionne did state that they are thinking of using turbocharged engines instead of the naturally-aspirated Pentastar V6, along with a new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Apart from the pickup, Jeep also stated that they will also be releasing a new compact SUV that will either arrive as the Compass or Patriot. Both current-generation nameplates are slotted below the Wrangler and are available in either FWD or AWD. Depending on FCA and Jeep, only one of the two names will be used for the upcoming compact SUV
“We’ve got two very good names, two well-established names with Compass and Patriot that continue to perform very well. It will be one of those names — which one, we’re going to have to wait and see,” said Manley.
The next-generation Wrangler is expected to arrive in 2017 while its pickup derivative may see the light of day in 2018. The upcoming compact SUV, on the other hand, will make its official debut this year.
Note: The first image shown is the 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept. The two SUVs on the other hand are current-generation models of the Compass and Patriot.