Some of the finer details of Jeep’s upcoming Wrangler-based pickup have started to emerge thanks to the enthusiast community at JeepScramblerForum.com including the name and powertrain details tipped to make it to the production version.
As has long been suspected, the Scrambler name will be attached to the new 4x4 ute according to info published from Jeep’s North American dealer system. Though not a household name for Aussie Jeep fans, Scrambler has been used previously for a pickup-style variant of the Wrangler’s predecessor overseas.
Also leaked via the dealer system, details of one of the available engines, revealed to be a latest-generation version of Jeep’s current 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 equipped with start-stop, which is also set to feature on the regular Wrangler, although official outputs are yet to be revealed.
The order system makes no mention of either petrol power, or a smaller four-cylinder engine, however with the production Scrambler still some way off those options are still expected be added to the system, and to carry over to the Wrangler.
Details of the new pickup’s frame and axles have also surfaced with suggestions that the Scrambler will be built atop a ladder chassis that measures approximately 5210mm in length, translating to a considerable cargo bed advantage over what would be possible on the current Wrangler Unlimited’s 4370mm frame.
Underneath the Scrambler, new 12-bolt front and rear axle and differential assemblies from drivetrain specialist Dana Incorporated will allow additional carrying capacity compared to the current Dana 44 axle used in the existing Wrangler.
The Scrambler will also apparently hang onto the Wrangler’s iconic removable roof, with a choice of three options including a black or body-coloured three piece hard top roof, or a black ‘sunrider’ soft top option.
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