Posted on April 13, 2016
The Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck is Coming in 2017
Many of Ontario Chrysler’s customers in the Toronto area will be happy to hear that the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck is going into production in 2017. At the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep CEO Mike Manley and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the news after updating investors with their five-year product strategy. Jeep fans are overjoyed that the midsize compact truck will be coming, especially after being enticed by the Jeep Gladiator concept vehicle, pictured above in all its glory.
It’s been decades that Jeep fans have been longing for a Wrangler-based pickup truck, and concepts of its incarnation have been around for longer than you might think. The Gladiator has been conceptualized since 2005, causing Wrangler and pickup drivers alike to start aching for a Wrangler pickup version to materialize. Even earlier on, Jeep had been producing pickup trucks between 1947 and 1992, and this only ended in 2002 with the Comanche quietly vanishing. Whatever the reason the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck is now being created, fans are simply overjoyed.
The Jeep Truck is coming in late 2017 and will be built in Toledo, Ohio along with the next generation Jeep Wrangler models. This will be the first Jeep pickup truck that is part of the Wrangler, and it is anticipated to have the same materials as the next Jeep Wrangler will have, with a hybrid construction of steel and aluminum. It’s been suggested that the aluminum sections could comprise the hood, doors and tailgates, but this has not been confirmed.
The inside scoop is that every single Wrangler that’s made at the Toledo plant is sold by Jeep, so other production such as the Cherokee may need to be moved to another facility. The two plants at the Toledo Assembly Complex manufacture Unitbody vehicles and body-on-frame vehicles respectively. To make the Jeep Wrangler truck plan work before the redesigned Wrangler is launched in 2018 would probably require the Unitbody facility to change to the body-on-frame assembly line.
Possible places to move the Cherokee production could be the Belvidere Assembly plant in Illinois or the Sterling Height Assembly plant in Michigan. Both plants have the capacity to manufacture popular Unitbody SUVs. The Cherokee, Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 share the same platform The Chrysler 200 is built in Sterling Heights and the Dart is built in Belvidere. Another resulting factor of the Jeep Truck announcement is the likely demise of the Mopar JK-8 pickup conversion kit sold since 2011, but fans agree that being able to buy a factory-made Jeep Pickup Truck is worth it!
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