Well it has been talked about for some time now, but it appears as if the Jeep based pickup truck will be released later on this year. Exact details at this point are few and far between. But luckily the diligent car spotters in the world have brought us a few pictures of the new truck testing out in the real world.
Jeep started making trucks in 1947 and continued making them until 1992. The last model was the Comanche, and it wasn’t exactly a hit. It was a smaller type light duty pickup that didn’t resemble the off-road trail ready Jeeps we all have grown accustomed too. From these spy photos we can determine that the new truck model offered by Jeep appears to look just like a Wrangler Unlimited with an extended bed. Which in no way would that be a bad thing. Jeep Wranglers are one of the most capable vehicles in the world, to the point the company has embodied the “trail rated” motto on all of their vehicles.
Rumors are going around that the new truck will have a few different choices when it comes to the power train. Apparently there is a new 300 hp turbo charged four-cylinder engine that could replace the Penstar 3.6L V6 that provides 285 hp in its current form. There are also rumors there will be a diesel option and even a hybrid option, although we don’t have much on that.
Now we want to throw our own speculations here, and maybe some of you know where im going with this. How cool would it be for the first pickup truck to compete with the king of all off-road pickups, the mighty Raptor, to be wearing a Jeep badge! I mean if there ever was a company with an off-road background worthy of such a machine, it would be Jeep.
It would surely need a lot more than 300 hp to really compete, but we all know that a much larger V8 engine will fit under the hood of a Jeep based off the Trailcat Concept that featured a 700hp 6.4L Hemi, the same motor under the hood of the Hellcat. So really all it would need is a beefed up suspension system and we would finally have some direct competition for the Raptor. I know wishful thinking, but if anyone can do it, I genuinely feel like Jeep would be the ones to do it. None the less it appears as if this Jeep Truck will at least be as off-road capable as most other models in the Jeep lineup. We will continue to watch for any new information on it, but in the meantime you can play the guessing came with the rest of us as to what this thing will actually look like, and maybe most importantly the specs.