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If you've been saving your pennies in anticipation of the upcoming pickup truck from Jeep, get ready to wait a little longer. According to PickupTrucks.com, Jeep CEO Mike Manley has said that resources at Chrysler are all tied up in other projects at the moment. With the full brunt of the company's operations directed towards transmission and small car development, there's simply not enough cash on hand to go creating a whole new member of the Jeep family. That means the Jeep pickup has been put on ice, at least for the time being.

Interestingly enough, Manley also said that when the versatile Jeep does touch down on American soil, it will also likely launch in international markets as well. The head honcho said he could easily see a metric-ton version of the pickup selling well outside the States. PickupTrucks.com reports that markets in Southeast Asia and Europe are particularly fond of trucks with a cargo capacity of around 2,205 pounds.

For now though, we'll just have to content ourselves with the JK-8 pickup conversion.


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      D57H
      • 3 Years Ago
      And in other news the Ford Ranger set to end production.......
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      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      if they made this affordable to buy and kept the quality up they would sell 50,000 easily in the first year? Whats the competition? the same old Ford Ranger?? The same old Chevy/GMC? The same old Tacoma? nope. These would sell! People want something new and different these days i.e. Hyundai, Kia, etc. Chrysler is not fooling anyone with development costs.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler desperately needs a new small pickup to fill in the Ranger's spot and take on the Tacoma, Frontier, Mahindra, and Colorado (if they bring the latter two over here.) And I'm sorry, but that minivan based pickup just won't cut it. It needs to be a real BOF truck, and a Wrangler based truck fits the bill perfectly.
        AngeloD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        The Comanche was unitbody and was more capable than the Ranger, S10, Dakota, Taco, etc. There's no reason jeep can't share a unitbody PU with Dodge and still have a worthwhile vehicle as long as it has a Wrangler type straight front axle setup. Sadly, that will never happen today.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AngeloD
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      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      cant say im surprised.... every time they promised before it fell through. Shallow promises.
      Aus10
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get the Brute kit from AEV if u want a jeep truck that bad
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW really? How many billions of dollars does it take to federalize the J8?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
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      VROOOM!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why am I not surprised from a company who still uses an engine and transmission from the mid 90s on their most popular model. And when they update it next year it will be an engine and transmission which will also already be outdated by todays standards.
        Tommy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VROOOM!
        Yes and no. The Pentastar is an engine that is modern throughout and will have direct injection supposedly in the ram and wrangler, the 5 speed transmission that it will probably use is about 6 years old though and last decade technology. Guess Jeep fans can't get it all unless they put that new 8 speed in there
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @VROOOM!
        Out of curiosity, what engine are you referring to? The Wrangler uses a 3.8L V6 introduced in the early 2000s, the V8s they use now are 5.7L Hemis introduced in the 2000s. Their current 4-cylinders are 2.0L and 2.4L introduced with the Patriot/Compass, I believe. Back in the nineties Jeep used an old 4.7L V8 that they no longer use, the 4.0L I6, which is no longer used, and a 2.5L I4 which is no longer used.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
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        @VROOOM!
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      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      People in the U.S wants a Diesel: No Diesel People in the U.S want a pick-up version: No pick-up version It's like they DON'T want to give us stuff we want. I don't get it.
        K Gav
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I think it would be more accurate to say: People in the U.S want a Diesel, but don't want to pay for the premium to get it: No Diesel Very few people in the U.S want a pick-up version: No pick-up version
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeep good for Jihad! http://cdn-wac.emirates247.com/polopoly_fs/1.385863.1303871041!/image/7567749.jpg
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      With CAFE being what it is, Chrysler definitely needs a competent small car before it needs another truck. As appealing as this project sounds, the priorities are in the right place.
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