Photography By: 
Jeep Scrambler Forum

by Matt Konkle
Quadratec Channel Editor

It is no secret, for anyone paying attention, that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is currently riding the Jeep, er, wave to a popularity level unheard of in the brand’s 77-year-history.

Leading that wave is a redesigned and re-engineered 2018 Wrangler model that has proved immensely sought after, while also playing a factor was the decision to continue production of the older JK Wrangler through April. Both have combined to push sales numbers into record territory month after month.

And all that popularity and interest has certainly put smiles on FCA executives, but those things have also served to keep another highly anticipated FCA vehicle largely out of the spotlight.

Namely the upcoming Jeep truck.

Well, expect that visibility factor to change as the vehicle inches closer to launch.

Perhaps the first wave of a Jeep truck information ramp up rolled in recently, as new photographs of two trucks emerged. But not just any old road photographs. Nope, these were captured on California’s Rubicon Trail where the vehicles were no doubt being tested on all kinds of things — possibly even to satisfy Jeep’s trail rated requirements.

That would mean the as-yet-unnamed Jeep Truck is being tested in five different categories; traction, water fording, maneuverability, articulation and ground clearance. All so it will have that ‘Trail Rated’ badge on its side at launch later this year.

From these shots, it appears two different trim levels could have been out testing — perhaps a Rubicon and Sport — based off the two different wheel configurations. However, it is entirely possible these vehicles were just built up mules designed to test certain functions.

Hard to say because that annoying camouflage doesn’t provide answers.

What you can tell, though, is testers were utilizing their trail time to the fullest as that camouflage appears ripped in several spots, along with body and bumper damage.

Of course, with a trail as tough as the Rubicon, you’d expect at least some type of damage. Especially in a long wheelbase truck. But if that truck rolls out with a price point in the range FCA announced earlier this year, then will it even be something people ‘want’ to take off-pavement if there are limitations like breakover and departure angles?

We'll see.

Here is a quick recap of what we know so far about the Jeep truck.

It will be a version based right off the JL Wrangler Unlimited from the front end through the rear doors, complete with kinked grille, running lights on the fenders, raked windshield frame, aluminum hood and doors, as well removable doors and a soft roof option. It will also feature solid Dana axles and at least two engine options – the 3.6L Pentastar and 3.0L Ecodiesel.

Currently, we’ve only seen a four-door model in spy photography and FCA isn’t saying if there will be a two-door option down the line. Likewise, spy shots have only displayed JK-type insides, but it is hard to imagine the truck launching without the more refined JL interior.

While FCA has not announced a launch date, others have indicated production should begin sometime in October once the old JK assembly line inside Toledo, Ohio's Supplier Park complex is fully retooled. If so, that would mirror how the automaker handled the JL rollout. That means probably a few treats and perhaps some uncovered photos during the Specialty Equipment Market Association event in Las Vegas this November, then a full out launch at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late November.

FCA expects the vehicle to arrive at dealerships sometime in early Spring 2019.

For more info, check out our Jeep JT Truck page.

Top Jeep Articles

Choosing The Best Jeep Tires – Differences Between All-Terrain, Mud-Terrain and Bias
  • Matt Konkle
  • December 13, 2018
With numerous different tire styles out there, here are the differences that can help you find the best one for your needs.
The Best Way To Remove A Jeep Hardtop
  • Eric Ammerman
  • December 13, 2018
One of the more difficult things about owning a Jeep Hardtop is figuring out the best way to remove and store it when you want an open cabin experience.
The Tripp of a Lifetime - Quadratec Sends 2018 Fly And Drive Winner On Epic Moab Adventure
  • Matt Konkle
  • December 3, 2018
Ed, Robin and Derek Tripp go from Jeep off-road novices to die-hard Jeep enthusiasts after winning Quadratec's 2018 Fly and Drive Giveaway.
Jeep Looms Huge As FCA Posts Seventh-Straight Month Of Sales Gains
  • Matt Konkle
  • December 3, 2018
Fiat Chrysler sales continues to roll behind strong showings from Jeep and Ram.
Jeep Gladiator Truck Looks To Dominate Midsize Pickup Market
  • Matt Konkle
  • November 29, 2018
Jeep's newest truck offering displayed tons of options and class-leading features during its reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
2020 Jeep Gladiator Truck Nears Launch At LA Auto Show
  • Matt Konkle
  • November 28, 2018
Jeep's first truck since 1992 will launch today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Jeep Holiday Gift Guide For Top Parts And Accessories
  • Matt Konkle
  • November 21, 2018
Our fifth-annual holiday gift guide offers pain-free shopping ideas for any Jeep enthusiast on your list - including yourself.
November 2018 Jeeps & Java at Spruce Grove Tree Farm
  • Matt Konkle
  • November 19, 2018

Quadratec's November Jeeps and Java again went on the road Sunday down to Spruce Grove Tree Farm near Oxford, Pa., where the Christmas trees were plentiful and, well, so was the obstacle course mud