In an interview with Australian automotive news site CarAdvice, Jeep brand president Mike Manley said a decision on whether or not to build a full production version of a Wrangler pickup could come 'pretty soon.'

The idea of a Wrangler-based pickup has obviously been on the mind of Jeep designers and product planners over the past few years, with the 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept being nearly a dead-ringer for the 2007 JK Wrangler from the B-pillar forward, and the recent introduction of the Mopar JK8 conversion kit conversion kit to turn the Unlimited model into a pickup.

However, in the article, Manley hedged slightly on whether the 'Wrangler' pickup would be a literal variant of the traditional icon, or based on another chassis. Manley said a two-door pickup could be easily done on the Wrangler chassis without sacrificing the model's renowned off-road performance. However, making a crew cab or four-door pickup variant could hamper the breakover angle and other off-road performance criteria that are synonymous with the Wrangler name.

If a four-door model is pursued, it could be based on one of several platforms being developed in conjunction with Fiat, and could be split off as a distinct model. The CJ-8 'Scrambler' model was sold by Jeep from 1981 to 1984, and the name could potentially be revived for a future successor.

Aftermarket converter American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) offers a Brute pickup conversion for both the current-generation JK Wrangler as well as the previous-generation TJ Wrangler.

Source: CarAdvice