Our spy photographer caught the next-generation 2019 Jeep Wrangler and its pickup truck variant on the road, and here’s what we found out.
The new models will feature LED accent lights fitted into aggressively styled front fenders. The lights lend the iconic off-roader a modern, wide-body look.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been seen testing its new Wrangler extensively with heavy black camouflage panels—until now. For a brief moment this prototype was left uncovered with minimal body wrap, revealing the rectangular LED accent lights as well as a yellow reflector that wraps around the wheel arch.
It’s the best look yet at the future design of the Wrangler lineup, which includes the highly-anticipated Wrangler pickup truck.
Trucks.com has been keeping tabs on the Wrangler pickup. It’s expected to reach U.S. dealerships in early 2019 in the mid-size pickup segment.
The new truck will likely be powered by FCA’s widespread 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque mated to an 8-speed transmission. In the future, a hybrid powertrain will be added and a diesel engine could one day be possible.
The truck is believed to ride on the extended Wrangler Unlimited platform. A longer wheelbase should provide sufficient space for a crew cab configuration as well as a roomy cargo bed.
Both the Wrangler and the Wrangler pickup truck are expected to use aluminum panels in order to save weight and improve fuel economy.
The truck gives FCA an entry in the mid-size pickup segment, slotting below its sibling Ram 1500 in the full-size pickup segment.
The Wrangler pickup will enter a frenzied market. The mid-size pickup segment is home to heavyweights like the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. Through the first six months of 2017, sales in the segment have increased by 2.4 percent compared to the same period in 2016, according to Autodata Corp.
More growth is on the horizon. Ford Motor Co. will revive its Ranger nameplate to compete in the segment by late 2018. The arrival of the Wrangler pickup should boost interest in the segment as well. IHS Markit projects a 9.5 percent increase in mid-size pickup sales by the year 2021.