With the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup, the American automaker seems intent on quenching the never-ending thirst for pickups and SUVs. Its upcoming pickup model is based on the legendary Jeep Wrangler and tries to strike a perfect balance between its off-road roots and modern requirements.
Ever since the forgotten CJ-8, which had its day in the 80’s, the Jeep has finally decided to release its own offering in the pickup segment. At the moment, this offering seems quite decent, with traditional, yet modern looks, a selection of engines, and a much lighter frame.
2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup – Exterior and Interior Features
Of course, the most important exterior feature of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will be its cargo bed. This bed will most likely utilize durable plastics and composite materials, in order to reduce the Wrangler’s weight. Its lining will also feature lots of plastics, just like the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma.
Customers should expect a number of advanced cargo management features, such as the Ram box or new storage boxes. It is also worth mentioning that the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will switch to a new platform as well.
Thanks to this platform, which is mainly built from plastic body panels and aluminum, the Wrangler will weigh less than the last year’s model. This will result in better fuel efficiency and better performance. Aside from these new features, the pickup will look just like the standard Wrangler. It will incorporate the same details, including the grille, the fenders, the front bumper, and the hood.
At the moment, there is still very little information regarding the interior of the upcoming 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup. However, all the rumors claim it will have a refined and much more comfortable interior. This doesn’t mean the Wrangler will “forget” about its off-road roots, as we will still see removable carpets, floorboard drain plugs, and some rugged materials.
We will most likely see plenty of quality plastics and faux leather, instead of real leather. In addition, the Wrangler will incorporate fully adjustable seats and a redesigned dashboard, which will ensure a high level of convenience and comfort. In the tech department, the newest pickup from Jeep will feature the Uconnect system, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, advanced navigation, and plenty of safety tech.
Engine Options and Performance of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup
Under the hood, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup will sport a number of engine variants. The base one is going to be a newer version of the currently used 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. This engine is expected to produce an output of 300 hp and around 270 lb-ft. Next up, there will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This will have output 300 hp and come paired with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
Release Date and Price
When it comes to the pickup’s release date, the majority of rumors point out an early 2018 date. While we still don’t know anything about the price, it is hardly going to be under $30.000.