Here is everything we know about the soon-to-be-revealed Jeep pickup truck.
It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally going to see the Jeep Scrambler without the plastic coat. The Los Angeles Auto Show recently announced that the Jeep pickup would be present and we only know of a single Jeep pickup in development. Unless Jeep has been hiding some sort of unibody Grand Cherokee pickup truck, it’ll be the Scrambler that finally takes its top off.
But before we get to what we do know, we should probably admit to what we don’t know, and that’s the actual name of the truck. We’ve been calling it “Scrambler” simply because that was what the old Jeep pickup was called and it’s a lot easier to type than “Jeep Wrangler pickup.” So far, FCA has yet to confirm the name of the truck and has only ever referred to it as a “Jeep pickup.”
What we do know is that the pickup will be heavily based on the current JL generation of the Jeep Wrangler, essentially being a Wrangler with a bed. There will be a few minor changes to the grille and front bumper, and we’re expecting the rear of the vehicle to be heavily modified thanks to the new bed, but all in all, what’s in the JL will be in the Scrambler.
Under the hood, the Scrambler will get the same engines as the Wrangler, which include the 3.6-L Pentastar V6 and the 2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder. Power should be the same as well, which means 285 hp and 260 lb-ft on the V6 and 270 hp and 295 lb-ft on the turbo-4.
The Wrangler JL will be getting FCA’s EcoDiesel engine in 2019, which is the same as found on the Ram 1500 and the Grand Cherokee, so we could see that same engine also appear on future versions of the Scrambler. We’ve also heard rumors of a hybrid powertrain under development, but we don’t know anything about it.
On the inside, expect to see a similar if not identical interior to the JL. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard offerings on either a 7.0-inch or 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system. We might even see the exact same steering wheel and dashboard, if previous test mules are anything to go by.
We’ll learn even more when the Scrambler takes a bow at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.