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Jeep CEO: No Wrangler-Based Pickup Until 2016

Jake HolmesSep 19, 2011
Saving up for a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck? Keep waiting: Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley that while such a vehicle is still a high priority, we won't see one on the road for at least four years. Manley told Automotive News that a Jeep pickup wouldn't be added until the Wrangler is refreshed in 2015 or 2016.
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"It is too late in Wrangler's product cycle to add a pickup. The 2015 or 2016 time frame makes more sense," Manley told AN.
Jeep last built a pickup truck in the form of the Cherokee-based Comanche, sold from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Recently, Jeep has teased enthusiasts with a slew of concept vehicles like the Gladiator and Wrangler JT, as well as the JK-8 conversion kit. The $5499 JK-8 kit allows owners of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to convert the four-door SUV into a pickup truck with just a sawzall and angle-grinder.
The company knows that demand for a Jeep pickup is high; the JK-8 kit has already sold about 300 copies. And the compact Jeep-based pickup could be sold in southeast Asia and Europe, helping bolster Chrysler's bottom line in those international markets where demand for small pickups is strong.
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When the refreshed Jeep Wrangler debuts in 2015 or 2016, it seems quite likely that a pickup variant will be launched. Manley, however, says that no concrete decision on such a vehicle has yet been made.
"I am working closely with the product team because I think a pickup would be a great addition and a natural extension of the product line," Manley told AN.
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Source: Automotive News

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