With the addition of a longer Wrangler, the Unlimited, the question now becomes—could we see a pickup edition of the ever-popular Jeep? After all, the Jeep Gladiator concept introduced in 2005 (pictured above) has long since churned the rumor mills of a pickup Wrangler. And it wouldn’t be the first time either. Despite being generally a shitty decade for cars, the 80s did give us the CJ-8 Scrambler, a long wheelbase version of the Wrangler. Well, churn no more fellas, the rumor is now reality. Sort of. While details are limited, expect to see a Wrangler-based pickup in showrooms as early as 2017 or 2018 with production remaining in Toledo, Oh.
Jeep is set to introduce the next generation Wrangler. Enhanced with both a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new Jeep Wrangler will reportedly retain most of its classic exterior design, which highlights the off-roader’s square cabin, vertical front nose grille, rounded headlights and affixed spare tire. While the inclusion of both the EcoDiesel V6 engine and the eight-speed transmission is new to the Jeep Wrangler, the car maker’s Grand Cherokee silhouette is equipped with both structures, making the Wrangler’s transition a natural one. Anticipate further news on the new Jeep Wrangler in the near future.
Following last year’s collaboration on the AEV Filson Brute Double Cab, Seattle-based outfitter Filson and off-road manufacturer AEV (American Expedition Vehicles) present the AEV Filson Edition Wrangler. Geared towards rough terrain and focused on premium engineering and design, the AEV Filson Wrangler is built with 3-1/2” DualSport SC suspension, 35” BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM2 tires, and a heat reduction hood. Additional features include the ProCal module, jack base and optional 5.7L or 6.4L HEMI V8 engine. The Wrangler is also outfitted with a customized Medium Duffle, Original Briefcase and snap-closure seat back pockets, providing extra storage. The limited edition Wrangler will retail from $70,400 USD to $100,300 USD and is available for purchase from Filson.