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Jeep is a much-loved brand, with loyal customers. The Cherokee, Wrangler, and Liberty are beloved by consumers, but that’s not all Jeep has to offer. Though it’s been in the talks for a while, Jeep has confirmed production of a Jeep pickup truck.
Yes, it’s extremely exciting. This truck will keep the classic look of a Wrangler, but with a truck bed in back! The pickup was confirmed by Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Jeep CEO Mike Manley at the Detroit Auto Show. They said that the truck would reach production in late 2017, so that gives us something to look forward to next year!
More details will emerge later this month, when FCA reveals its updated five-year product strategy. For now, we know that the pickup will be built alongside the next-gen Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio. Now, this won’t be the first Jeep pickup truck, as there had been pickups produced between 1947 and 1992. But since the Comanche left the market, a new Jeep pickup is much anticipated, as it’ll be the first one modeled after the Wrangler!
So, count down the days because the Jeep pickup will be here before you know it!
The Chrysler Group donates to charities all over North America, not just here in the United States. We were reminded of that in an especially exciting way recently, when Chrysler celebrated Canada Day with a life-size Jeep Wrangler model built entirely out of cans. It took over 4,500 cans of food to make the model, food that will then be repurposed into meals by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
“This unique Canada Day Canstruction project not only serves as a tool to raise awareness for issues of hunger and poverty in our country, it also demonstrates to the students involved how critical – and fun – subjects like science, technology, engineering and math can be,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “This project also provides a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to a community that has helped drive FCA’s success in Canada. In 2014 and year-to-date, FCA is the top-selling automaker in B.C. It’s fitting too, that the subject of today’s Canstruction is the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the top-selling small SUV in Canada and a great fit for the rugged terrain of British Columbia.”
The “Canstruction” was assembled in just twelve hours, a remarkable feat of engineering. This is the third time that FCA Canada and the FCA Foundation have partnered with Construction Inc. on a project, but this one is special for its charitable focus.
Before the Jeep Wrangler was available to the public, it was an integral part of World War II, providing the U.S. military with a rugged and durable form of transportation. When the first civilian Jeep was introduced in 1945, the kinship America seems to have with the brand skyrocketed. Since the 40s, the model has seen multiple redesigns but, beginning early next year, the new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition, which returns to the original Jeep’s capabilities, will be arriving in dealerships across the country, bringing a bit of the past to the present.
“The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist’s dream, delivering a Jeep vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO-Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This new jeep vehicle delivers pure functionality and rugged capability in a unique package that recognizes the origins of the brand.”
With exterior design cues that take a page from the original Jeep, the Willys Wheeler Edition might be appear to be simple, but it includes the Connectivity Group with SiriusXM satellite radio, bringing it into the 21st century. It will also see an upgrade under the hood with the award winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, producing 285 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque.