The long awaited Jeep Wrangler pickup truck was right within our grasp. Then, of course, Jeep couldn’t meet their own deadline. In a Detroit News interview, Jeep head Mike Manly announced that the truck was still coming, but in late 2019. He also said that, while the truck doesn’t yet have a name, historic Jeep names are being considered.
Whatever they settle on, we hope they think it through more than the cringe-worthy “Comanche Eliminator” name given to the pickup last produced in 1992.
Originally slated for a fourth quarter release in 2018, the Wrangler pickup will replace both the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. With an estimated MSRP starting around $30,000, the Wrangler pickup is comparably priced against similar mid-size trucks like the Honda Ridgeline, Chevy Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma. FCA confirmed that they had invested $1 billion to breath new life into the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan to construct the all new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer while the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio will be used to build the new pickups. The Wrangler is rumored to feature a 3.6L V-6, 2.0L turbo four, and possibly a diesel model as well.