For those of you patiently waiting for a production Jeep pickup that you can pick up at your local dealership, we have bad news. Automotive News is quoting Jeep CEO Michael Manley as saying it won't be happening anytime soon.

"It is too late in Wrangler's product cycle to add a pickup. The 2015 or 2016 time frame makes more sense. That's when we will refresh the Wrangler," said Manley at the Frankfurt Motor Show. All hope is not lost, however, as Manley says he is "working closely with the product team because [he thinks] a pickup would be a great addition and a natural extension of the product line."

In the meantime, buyers are welcome to order up one of Chrysler's Mopar Jeep JK-8 pickup conversion kits, which will convert Wrangler Unlimited models into a small pickup for $5,499 (not including installation, though you can also do it yourself).

While it's certainly not as good as a ready-made machine, the JK-8 kit is reportedly selling better than Jeep had expected, which can only bode well for the chances of a production pickup in due time.


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      AngeloD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler's lack of interest in selling a Jeep pickup is exactly the same indifference they had for years towards producing a 4-door Wrangler. THE 4-DOOR WRANGLER IS NOW CHRYSLER'S BEST SELLING MOST PROFITABLE VEHICLE. When will these people learn to actually listen to their customers?
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      My suggestion to Chrysler and the media: don't mention anything else about a Jeep pickup until one is ready. And no, that conversion kit doesn't qualify as a real pickup.
      Anthony Guido
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as it bears the Chrysler quality Ill pass. One Wrangler was enough headaches.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind waiting if they say that they're actually going to produce the truck that many of us enthusiasts want. (body-on-frame, small diesel, stick axles, manual transmission option). However, if it turns out the next generation of Wrangler is, say, unibody with IRS/IFS or something stupid like that, than I would say...don't even bother.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      So I wonder if Jeep will take a page from Toyota's book and start continuously showing us concept and preproduction models 3 years in advance until we get to a point that we just do not care anymore
        lostboyz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tenspeeder
        Jeep has always shown one-off custom jobs every year for jeep events. This isn't any different.
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who cares? Consumer Reports caters to the appliance shoppers looking for something affordable and practical for trips to the grocery store or work, and not so much enthusiasts.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gotta have a place for the kid. If it does I would buy it, but its like number 10 on my list of cars I can actually buy.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to hammer around in a Jeep Comanche Eliminator with my Dad as a kid. I'm not 100% sure but I think it might have been the fastest pickup in all of America at the time, and it was a seriously fun machine to drive hard. Most people would be amazed to learn how similar it was to the Jeep Comanche racing trucks of the time... SRT + Wrangler + pickup = *every positive descriptive word in all the languages of the world inserted here* I'd sell a kidney for that combo!
        no
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        there is a red one at scranton dodge dealer in pa
      c!to
      • 3 Years Ago
      im keeping my fingers crossed
      no
      • 2 Years Ago
      theres a red one of these at scranton dodge dealer it looks sick!!
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