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The Jeep Wrangler-based JT pickup, which everybody refers to as Scrambler (boy, we're going to be surprised if that isn't the real name), doesn't hit the showroom floor until April 2019. That is a long time to wait. What's an impatient nation of Jeep fans to do in the intervening year? Speculate on what it looks like, of course.

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Sales are currently production-limited at around 240,000 Wranglers per year.

Jeep is investing a big money in Toledo, where it builds the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler. FCA could nearly double Wrangler production within a few years.

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At the Detroit Auto Show, Jeep reveals that the next-generation Wrangler will add a long-awaited pickup model.

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According to a report from the Automotive News production of the Jeep Cherokee will be moved to another state. To fill the void, Jeep might develop a pickup that would be built alongside Wrangler at the Toledo, Ohio plant.

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Jeep CEO Mike Manley supports the idea of adding a pickup to the off-road brand's lineup, though it still faces major hurdles.

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"Pretty soon." That's the answer Jeep president Mike Manley gave to Australian site Car Advice when asked about a decision on a Jeep pickup truck. And with the next-generartion Wrangler planned for arrival in 2015 or 2016, this is the window for getting with planners. There's certainly plenty of lust for a Jeep pickup – just look at the strong sales of Mopar's JK8 kit.

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Jeep enthusiasts have been asking for a Wrangler pickup for years, and 2011 is the year they finally got their wish – at least in kit form. The only thing that could keep the JK-8 Independence kit from being a success is the $5,499 price, which doesn't include assembly. But it appears that the serious Jeep fans are all-in, and Mopar is stepping up to meet demand.

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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.

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Jeep JK-8 conversion kit from Mopar – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Jeep Gladiator Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler has already confirmed that the next Viper is on its way in two years' time, but showing it off this early is a clear indication that work is well underway. There's still some debate about what powertrain will be fitted to the thoroughly updated Viper, but early reports indicate that the same 8.4-liter V10 could carry on, possibly with the inclusion of Fiat's MultiAir technology to reduce emissions and boost output over 700 horsepower. An entry-level V8 option is a possibility, and there

2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

UPDATE: Mike Levine at Pickuptruck.com speculates that Jeep may be going after the postal fleet market. These mules are right-hand drive (to reach mailboxes perhaps?) and leaf springs (to handle the heavy load of mail maybe?)

click above image to view 16 high-res pics of the Jeep JT Concept