Jeep hasn’t produced a pickup truck for the US market since we said goodbye to the MJ Comanche in 1992. Before that were the FSJ trucks that were produced from ’71-’88, which some say was the last “real” truck that Jeep offered
Jeep hasn’t produced a pickup truck for the US market since we said goodbye to the MJ Comanche in 1992. Before that were the FSJ trucks that were produced from ’71-’88, which some say was the last “real” truck that Jeep offered. These full-size trucks were offered with the AMC 258, 304, 360, and the 401 cubic inch engine throughout the years. The Comanche came with a 2.5L AMC, the 2.8L GM v6, as well as the 4.0L AMC 6 cylinder engines.
Now, after a long 25 years, we’re starting to see concrete evidence of an all-new pickup version of the forthcoming Wrangler JL as shown by AutoGuide's article. Due on the market in late 2019, the JLT has been making appearances since 2016 heavily camouflaged, but a sighting is relatively rare compared to the Wrangler.
It is important to note the Falken Wild Peak A/T3W tires in the most recent “leaked” photos. All of the previous sightings of the prototype showed the truck riding on the Goodyear Wrangler tires commonly found on the Wrangler JL. All of the photos seen thus far have been of the four-door version, but rumors have been spreading that Jeep may offer a truck in a two-door version as well.
Another first in decades for Jeep is the step bumper shown in the photos. We can’t help but wonder whether a steel rear bumper will be an option or finally come standard. The truck will of course be based off the all new JL frame and body, which utilizes aluminum panels to reduce weight and increase fuel economy.
Expect the JL truck to come with the same engine offerings as the Wrangler has been rumored to offer. These include a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the base option, with a 3.6L V6 and a six-cylinder diesel are to be offered as options. A plug-in hybrid engine is expected as an option as well.