Anton Andres / CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | August 23, 2017 13:12
Scrambler name to return to Jeep's lineup
The Jeep Wrangler pickup might just have an official name. In a document obtained by JL Wrangler forums, it stated that the Wrangler-based pickup will be called the Scrambler. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) renewed the Scrambler trademark back in 2015, making it possible that it will indeed be the name of the said pickup.
Jeep first used the Scrambler nameplate in the 80's as a special trim model of the CJ-8. Like the upcoming Wrangler-based pickup, the CJ-8 was a pickup version of the Jeep CJ, the Wrangler's predecessor. Unlike the new Scrambler however, the old CJ-8 Scrambler only had two doors. If one were to base the modern Scrambler on the spy shots, upcoming model is likely to come with four doors. At the moment however, it is yet to be known if there will be a long-bed, two door variant.
There are more developments regarding the Jeep Scrambler too. The forum was also able to obtain CAD drawings of the said pickup with its frame chassis being measured at 5,207 mm. Its length suggests that it will be competing in the one-ton pickup segment in the US. The Scrambler will likely be an alternative to the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier (Navara), and Toyota Tacoma, to name a few. The one-ton pickup segment has been regaining momentum in the US with the Ford Ranger set for a re-introduction for the North American market in 2019.
Back in 2016, FCA confirmed that a pickup version Wrangler is being developed. A few months after the company's official announcement, the car was spied doing rounds on public roads. The heavily camouflaged test car was seen sporting four doors and a steeper windshield rake. It does, however, retain the signature Wrangler cues such as the fender flares and its distinct hood shape.
Source: Jeep Scrambler Forums via Motor 1