Jeep is building a Wrangler-based pickup truck, but you probably know that already. What you may not know is the official name of the all-new workhorse. The carmaker introduced the Gladiator concept in 2005, so we thought that this could be the perfect name for the truck, except it’s not. No, the Wrangler-based pickup will be named the 2019 Jeep Scrambler. Yes, we are sure, because we have the official confirmation from the manufacturer. Still, that’s everything official we have at the moment.
Around 33 inches longer than the new Wrangler
Luckily, we know what’s beneath the camouflage. Jeep’s pickup truck will feature, well, pretty much everything that gets the new-generation Wrangler. The carmaker will use the same platform and most of the styling cues from the iconic off-road SUV. Moreover, the exterior styling of the new half-ton truck will only have a unique bed and nothing else. Of course, the workhorse will be longer from its SUV sibling. Unofficially, it’s going to stretch for exactly 33 inches, which will enable a quite solid payload capacity.
The manufacturer will offer both soft-top and hard-top versions of the 2019 Jeep Scrambler, which is a great move because no one offers anything similar.
Wide choice of engines
The 2019 Scrambler truck will also host a number of capable engines. Jeep will fire from all available weapons, meaning the potential buyers will have to choose between a couple of gasoline engines, one oil-chugging mill, and likely one hybrid. Though, don’t expect the hybrid right away.
The gasoline truck will rely on an updated version of the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine. The unit is reportedly getting a new turbocharger, which will boost both efficiency and power from 5 to 10 percent. The most interesting option will be a 2.0-liter Hurricane. The four-pot engine has been announced as the turbo mill capable to deliver 300 horsepower. A few days ago, however, some reports have indicated that there might be up to 368 ponies available. As far as we would like to see this kind of power beneath the hood of the 2019 Jeep Scrambler, the aforementioned 300 hp is a more likely option.
Like we said already, the manufacturer will introduce the 2019 Jeep Scrambler Diesel as well. The oil-burner will use a familiar 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, which currently delivers 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. The pickup truck should host an upgraded version, but let’s wait for the official word from the carmaker.
Coming to Detroit in January
The all-new Scrambler will definitely mirror the new generation Wrangler, so we should found out everything about the workhorse after the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. the Scrambler itself will likely be introduced early next year at the 2018 Detroit auto show.