Since the Jeep Wrangler was first released to the masses in 1986, automobile lovers have been itching to get behind the wheel of a pickup truck version of the popular vehicle.
According to a report from The Detroit News, that dream is finally becoming a reality. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently told the publication that the new compact SUV is set for release in late 2017. The Wrangler pickup will replace both the current Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot models
Jeep’s global chief, Mike Manley, “Sergio and I work very, very closely on the Jeep product portfolio, and both of us have been a fan of a potential Wrangler pickup,” he explained. “For me, there is a historical place in our lineup for it.”
Although the company has created multiple concept versions of a Wrangler pickup truck hybrid over the years (like the J-12 concept you see in the photo above), this is the first time that the design will make it to the assembly line. Marchionne says the new vehicles will be assembled in the same Toledo, Ohio factory that has been in use by the company for years.