An eagle-eyed TFLTruck reader has sent us some new spy shots of the Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck out testing at Silver Lake Sand Dunes in Michigan.
The new truck was spotted running up Test Hill at the Silver Lake Dunes, and our civilian-turned spy photographer friend says the truck “crushed it.” The new truck is rumored to be named the Scrambler, though Jeep aficionados know it as its chassis code, JT.
Jeep has reportedly confirmed an on-sale date of April 2019, which leads us to guess that the official debut of the Scrambler will come at the 2018 LA Auto Show at the end of November. Makes sense considering the Wrangler JL was launched at the show one year ago.
The Jeep seen in these photos doesn’t give away any secrets, and we can’t even quite tell what the tires are. If you can somehow make them out, let us know in the comments below.
Engine options in the new truck will of course be borrowed from the standard Wrangler, which means a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 should be on tap. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel could also find its way under the hood of this new Jeep truck.
The Scrambler is rumored to start at a base price of $45,000, but that remains to be confirmed by the automaker.
We’re excited for the Scrambler to arrive (please keep that name FCA!) and these photos just have us itching to get the new truck out into the dirt.
[Thanks to Tony Rardon for the pictures!]