2018 LA Auto Show press release plainly states to expect a debut of a “pickup truck from Jeep”. That’s all the information the release provides, but it’s enough to draw a conclusion that the all new Jeep Wrangler-based (JT) truck will be unveiled in Los Angeles at the end of November 2018.
Jeep Truck / JT / Scrambler
Many already call this midsize pickup a Scrambler, although Jeep or FCA are yet to confirm this name. Various prototypes of the truck have been spotted in the wild, but they all have been a crew cab with a short bed. The prototypes have provided evidence of a soft/folding roof option, and an off-road focused “Rubicon” version as well as a more luxurious “Sahara” version (using Wrangler terminology).
JT specs have not yet been announced, but we expect it to use the same engine/transmission options as the new Wrangler JL. This includes the 3.6L gas V6, a 2.0L turbocharged gas engine with an eTorque mild hybrid system, and potentially a 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel.
We expect the JT suspension to be setup a bit stiffer than that of the Wrangler simply because the JT will be expected to carry a higher payload and tow more in order to compete against other midsize trucks (Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, and Ford Ranger among others).
Check out this Jeep truck prototype rolling down the street.