How much will the new 2019 Jeep Scrambler (Wrangler-based) pickup truck be able to tow? We get a glimpse into this question with the following prototype image. This photo comes to us via Facebook, uploaded by FourWheeler.com.
Take a close look. You will see a few telling signs at what Jeep is up to. We think the hitch is either a Class III or Class IV hitch, followed up by a weight distributing hitch. This is one of the first times we caught wind of (what could be) maximum weight testing for the upcoming Jeep Scrambler pickup truck.
Right now, the king of mid-sized truck towing is the Chevrolet Colorado/ GMC Canyon with the 2.8L diesel engine. It is rated to tow a maximum of 7,700 lbs in 2WD trim. Other midsize trucks pull between 5,000 and 6,400 lbs. If Jeep wants to compete in towing (which is an ever-increasing important portion of midsize truck market), they will need to match or exceed 5,000-lbs minimum. With that being said, and with the boxy trailer we see this Jeep Scrambler towing, it’s a good bet that it will pull well over 5,000 lbs.
According to the Scrambler Forum, the next generation Jeep Wrangler JL and Jeep Scrambler JT will have a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6available. We’re assuming it will be very similar to the EcoDiesel that is currently used in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. If that’s the case, it may equal the current model Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel which tows up to 6,500 lbs.
Mind you: this is all conjecture. What do you think? Is it possible that Jeep will come out swinging and produce a vehicle with best-in-class towing? Will the Jeep Scrambler compete with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 (currently the best off-road vehicle in its class) both off-road and with towing (at 5,000 lbs)? We know FCA is serious about this truck as their development time has been lengthy.
What do you think? Can you see anything we missed?
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