A pickup is in the works, but Jeep's next new model is a compact SUV.
The on-again, off-again Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck has finally been given the green light for production.
While Jeep seriously considered launching the truck as a standalone model, the upcoming pickup will most likely take the form of a long-wheelbase version of the next Wrangler fitted with a pickup bed. In other words, it will bear more than a passing resemblance to the CJ-8 Scrambler that was built during the 1980s, and to the Gladiator concept (pictured) that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show over a decade ago.
Jeep's upcoming pickup will be built alongside the next-generation Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio. The Wrangler is expected to bow in late 2017, and the pickup is tentatively scheduled to arrive before the end of 2018. More concrete details will be announced later this month when Jeep parent company Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles publishes an updated five-year plan for all of its brands.
Jeep CEO Mike Manley also announced that the Patriot and the Compass will be replaced by a single model that will make its public debut in April at the New York Auto Show. The off-roader will retain one of the two nameplates, but Manley stopped short of confirming which one will be deep-sixed after the 2016 model year.