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Video: Next-Gen Diesel Jeep Wrangler Pickup in the Works?

Christian Seabaugh
Mar 29, 2012
Diesel-power and a pickup bed have been the two things Wrangler buyers have been asking for since the Jeep Gladiator pickup concept in 2005. Since then, Jeep has given the Wrangler a diesel in Europe, and a pickup bed for owners brave enough to cut up their Wrangler Unlimited with the JK-8 Independence kit. Jeep CEO Mike Manley may have just hinted that factory diesel Wrangler pickup might be coming for the iconic vehicle's next generation.
Photo 2/7   |   Jeep J 12 Concept Front View
"For me as we think about how Wrangler develops into the future, there are a few things we get constant feedback on. One is diesel and one is pickup," Manley said near the end of Jeep's new video showcasing its Moab Easter Safari vehicles. This year's Easter Safari included two different takes on a Jeep pickup truck -- the retro J-12 Concept and the cab-over-engine Mighty FC Concept. Both the J-12 and Mighty FC were built off the Wrangler Unlimited's chassis, and show that a pickup truck is on the forefront of Jeep's mind as it gets ready for the iconic off-roader's next generation.
Photo 3/7   |   Jeep Mighty FC Concept Front
"Obviously you need to be careful when you take a vehicle like Wrangler for its next generation," Manley said, "But factoring those things in and the feedback that we've had right now when we're in the early stages of thinking about the next Wrangler is very important because then we can think about how we design those things maybe into that vehicle program." Taking enthusiasts' desires into consideration as Jeep begins development on the next-generation Wrangler might just be the first sign of good things to come from the future Wrangler.
Photo 4/7   |   Jeep CEO Mike Manley
You can check out the video for yourself below.
Source: YouTube

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