Many analysts had expected to see the Jeep Wrangler pickup begin production next year, which Jeep confirmed in January 2016 was coming. 1960 Willys Jeep Truck (Photo: Jeep)All of the Jeep trucks were built in Toledo, which is where the Wrangler-based pickup will be built. (Photo: Daniel Mears / The Detroit News)Buy PhotoSan Antonio, Texas — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV plans to begin producing a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup truck in late 2019, the head of the Jeep brand said. It has shown pickup concepts before, such as the Jeep J-12 produced for the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari off-roading event in 2012, and a Jeep Gladiator based on the Jeep Wrangler platform that was shown at the 2005 Detroit auto show. Wrangler will shift to the north plant to give it more capacity, and Jeep will use the Supplier Park plant for the Wrangler truck, Manley said.
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Follow Viknesh Add to circle2005 Jeep Gladiator concept Enlarge PhotoJeep in January confirmed that a pickup truck will be added to its lineup. Previous Jeep pickups have included the Comanche, Gladiator (later J-Series) and original Willys Jeep Truck. Now its CEO Mike Manley has confirmed to The Detroit News that the pickup will enter production in late 2019. The later than expected arrival for the pickup could be due to Jeep already having a full plate. That’s significantly later than previously thought as the vehicle it will be based on, Jeep’s redesigned “JL” Wrangler, will arrive towards the end of this year.
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