News of the long-awaited pickup truck we've been anticipating from Jeep if finally here. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until 2015 for the finished product to hit dealership lots in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area. But when it does, Walser Chrysler Dodge Jeep, located at 314 Mainstreet in Hopkins, MN will be the first to let you know!
The pickup concept was originally meant to go into production starting next year, with rumors of a Jeep Wrangler variant being transformed into a pickup. But since the Wrangler has already been refreshed for its next generation run, it seems as though production of the pickup will wait.
Jeep CEO, Michael Manley, spoke of the automakers highly anticipated pickup production at the Frankfurt Motor Show, saying: "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."1
Jeep has not had a pickup since Comanche, based on the Cherokee platform, which ran from 1986 until 1992. Rumors of a pickup have been floating around Jeep fan sites since September 2010. This was when the auto maker introduced a Wrangler-based pickup concept in Orlando, named JK-8.
A JK-8 body kit was available from Mopar, Jeep's official parts marker, for $5499 during that time. 300 kits were sold, and included pickup bed floor, body panels, fiberglass cap and a bulkhead.