Jeep is building a new pickup model - and it’s coming to Australia.
Speaking with TMR today, Jeep Australia’s Director of Marketing And Product Strategy, Zac Loo, confirmed that the new model will be based on the Jeep Wrangler Limited with a four-door, four- or five-seat, dual-cab body.
There is no cab-chassis nor single-cab models planned.
Loo said FCA had been working on the US parent for a ute model for “years”, but also conceded that Australia wasn’t the only market outside America to show interest in a Jeep pickup.
Wrangler would always be ‘Made In USA’, Loo continued, but future expansion of Fiat Chrysler’s global facilities could see the pickup model manufactured in the US, but assembled in China.
The Wrangler four-door measures 4751mm long and 1877mm wide with a wheelbase of 2947mm.
For the sake of comparison, Ford’s Ranger is 5362mm long and 1860mm wide with a wheelbase of 3220mm.
While the Wrangler in 4WD wagon form may be lacking in wheelbase over the Ranger, its small rear overhang arguably allows plenty of room for the addition of a well-back tray with a capacity to rival any of the established players in Australia.
Jeep devotees looking for a revival of the J20 pickup (pictured, above) may be disappointed to learn that the Wrangler ute is unlikely to match the J20’s large proportions. However, the Ram 2500 and 3500 models are already flying the FCA flag for 'full-sized' big-rig buyers in Australia.
Details are still to be finalised, such as powertrain options, 2WD and 4WD models, and pricing. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
Image, top of page: 2015 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder Concept