The new Jeep Scrambler pickup has once again been spotted, and this time the vinyl covering the tailgate has been uncovered.
Once again, the upcoming Jeep pickup has been seen puttering around Michigan wearing enough vinyl to produce its own album and what looks like a bug-screen covering the front air intakes. We're sure neither of these things will find their way to the production-level car, but it is a bit worrisome that Jeep finds it necessary to protect the nose of their prototype from insects when there's still snow on the ground.
We know there have been a lot of spy photos of the new Scrambler floating around (thanks to Autoguide), but this time we have something new: an uncovered tailgate. Just like on the Ram 1500 trucks, we see that the Jeep truck gets a distinct bulge at the top that supposedly helps with aerodynamics. We’re not certain how, but this is the first part of the car that hasn’t been completely covered in camouflage, so we’re making a point of it.
As for what’s underneath all the plastic, we’re still not completely sure. We’re virtually certain it will use the same powertrain as the 2019 Wrangler JL—the vehicle that the new Scambler shares much of its architecture with. That means a 3.6-L Pentastar V6 engine pumping out 285 ponies—a respectable amount for a light pickup. There’s also a 2.0-L turbo four-banger that puts out 268 hp while doing a better job of sipping gas.
Don’t expect a hybrid Scrambler to come out from nowhere, however.
Jeep also has a 3.0-L Diesel engine floating around in the Cherokee and Ram 1500 trucks, so a version of that could also find its way to the new Scrambler. All those engines are probably going to be mated to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.
So far, we’ve only seen a four-door version of the Scrambler, and we’re not entirely certain a two-door version even exists. Considering the 2019 Ram still doesn’t have a two-door, we’re thinkin’ the four-door will be the only option when the Scrambler releases early next year.
Fiat Chrysler is retooling their Toledo plant to begin production soon, so expect more nude photographs in the coming months.