Jeep Wrangler Pickup Is Greenlighted And It Will Bring Some Aluminum
How do you make a big fuss on a show without a new car to reveal? Jeep showed us the way to do just that this year! Jeep officials admitted so many things at this year’s Detroit Motor Show that we are convinced they are going to flourish greatly after the record breaking 2015 in terms of sales results. The mighty Grand Cherokee with an engine borrowed from the favorite modern muscle car – the Hellcat, is on track for 2017, but much more importantly, Jeep confirmed that the Jeep Wrangler Pickup is up for production. Who knew Jeep would storm the headlines of every media outlet simply by announcing stuff. True, their announcements are incredibly exciting in spite of the fact that every true gearhead knew what was coming from the company.
The last Jeep pickup a customer could buy from the showroom floor was the Jeep Comanche which ceased to exist in 1992. Ever since, a small number of enthusiasts (whose numbers have exponentially grown over the recent years), wanted for a proper Wrangler-based pickup to appear again. This is their lucky year because Jeep officials finally confirmed that the Wrangler pickup is coming to the show. Those of you who thoroughly follow up the news about Jeep probably know that Automotive News reported (back in September) about the Toledo plant in Ohio getting “reriged” to produce the new Wrangler pickup. Jeep will even move the production of the Cherokee to some yet undisclosed plant, while the Toledo Assembly Complex, with its two facilities, will endorse the production of all of the Wrangler variants including the pickup.
Obviously, the new pickup will receive much of the technology from the new Wrangler. In practical terms, this means that the Wrangler will receive some sort of a hybrid construction made up of aluminum and steel. The weight will go down, the stiffness and rigidity up, while the price should stay much at the same point as now. Last Year, FCA boss, Sergio Marchionne, said “We’ve run the numbers and we’ve simulated mileage and the impact.” “Because of the difference in cost—not just of the material but the actual assembly process—I think we can do almost as well without doing it all-aluminum. I think we can get very close.”
This is his talk about the new Wrangler which will actually have only a couple of its parts made of aluminum. Aluminum will be used for the doors, bonnet, tailgate and not much else, so here we are not looking at the new “Ford F-150 all aluminum moment”. The Wrangler pickup will get all the steel it needs and it will be far more superior to the only Wrangler pickup available at this point – the one that can be created via the Mopar JK-8 pickup conversion kit (a pickup Wrangler with two doors).
The Wrangler pickup is, however, still far away. At best, we can expect it in 2018, but it coming in the first months of 2019 is a more realistic estimate. If you still wonder about its looks, take a look at the pictures we embedded. This is the Jeep Gladiator Concept from 2005. It has to look somewhat similar to it.
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