Cult of Jeep devotees will have a lot to celebrate this holiday season, because the long-awaited Wrangler pickup truck will make its debut at the LA Auto Show in late November.
Some have speculated that the new Jeep JL-chassis pickup will revive the Scrambler name used on the Eighties CJ Wrangler, but Jeep hasn’t given any hints as to whether that will be the case.
The official word came in a release Tuesday from LA Auto Show authorities.
We can safely assume that this truck will share the underpinnings of the, which means it will probably be offered in the US with either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6. We’d also expect to see Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ eTorque mild-hybrid system carried over as an option, as well, along with all of the JL’s front-suspension goodies.
The truck’s rear suspension could change, based on how Jeep is imagining customers will use it. It could end up being stiffer riding, with a big bed-load of cargo in mind, but we’re guessing it’ll take a more measured approach. It’s a Wrangler, though, so naturally, it will have four-wheel drive and be.
We’d be excited to see the pickup keep the regular model’s removable roof panels and the folding windshield that are much-loved, long-time Wrangler trademarks — mostly because it would look seriously excellent idling through some dusty desert, all opened up and folded down.
The current question is about possible cab configurations. Spy photos have only shown a four-door model, but a two-door model also seems possible.
Fingers crossed that the Wrangler pickup arrives in time for next year’s in which to win!, so Roadshow’s own Emme Hall has something new
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