Detroit 2013: Jeep CEO Favors Wrangler-Based Pickup
Last September in Orlando, Jeep CEO Michael Manley, set Jeep forums and internet chat rooms ablaze by hinting that a Jeep pickup truck was in the future. No one knew what the tuck was or where it came from? Until now.
Sales of the Mopar Wrangler Pickup conversion kit have been pretty good?
very good. The demand was much higher than we expected.
High enough to get Jeep thinking about a Jeep pickup truck?
We're thinking about it, yes, but not before the next-generation Wrangler.
So a Jeep pickup wouldn't be something else? A unibody pickup, perhaps?
Listen: we already have a commercial truck brand, where there are commercial businesses and markets that use these trucks. We're a different brand. I don't like the term "lifestyle brand", so we can do things differently. It would be more appropriate for a Jeep pickup to come off the Wrangler platform, because we still want the pickup to have that Jeep capability. Obviously, the Wrangler provides more capability than any other model.
I know that we've done different versions of pickup trucks in the past, but a Wrangler-based pickup is the more interesting option.
Like the current Wrangler the new Jeep truck will be built in Toledo and will sit atop a front Dana 30 and rear Dana 44 axles, and be mated with a new Fiat transmission. The word is the Jeep is considering using the Gladiator name or reviving the Scrambler moniker. 2013 Jeep Gladiator Specs Price MSPR: $27,000(est) Engine Motori 2.8-liter Common Rail Diesel Horsepower: 160 Torque: 295 Transmission ZF 8-Speed Automatic Front Suspension Solid Axle w/ 5 bar links, single coil springs Rear Suspension Solid Axle w/ 5 bar links, dual coilover springs Curb weight 4100 lbs Dimensions Length: 205 in Wheel base: 138.4 in Width: 76.5 in Height: 75 in