If the Fiat acquisition of Chrysler and all of its subsidiary properties has taught us anything, it is that Jeep has gotten everything its heart’s desire. From the day that ink was put to paper, Jeep commenced work on executing its halo car, the all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee (which has gone on to become the single-most awarded SUV of all time). Next came the addition of a four-door Wrangler (that too, has gone on to become one of FCA’s most popular sellers). So what’s next for Jeep, you ask? Well, another branch of the stout and sturdy Wrangler family tree: the Scrambler Pickup.
Currently, the Wrangler/pickup hybrid has been a pipe dream for many, or a limited run specialty vehicle for some willing to fork over the outlandish $40,000 for custom aftermarket conversion (and that’s excluding the cost of a donor vehicle too boot). And without the resurging interest in mid-sized pickups (thanks in part to the successful redesign and launch of the Chevrolet Colorado) spurring Ford into resurrecting the Ranger brand, FCA is left without a fast option – seeing that a Dakota has been off the books for quite some time. This leaves Jeep to fill in the gap, so to speak.
While not a dedicated pickup, but a mini-Hummer in many aspects, the Jeep Scrambler (or “Brute” as some outlets have referred to the non-confirmed moniker), it is rather safe to assume that the Wrangler’s 3.6 liter VVT V6 engine will be standard, and that the Wrangler’s heavy-duty off-road suspension system will also be found beneath the four-door truck as well. All of this bodes very well for FCA and their treatment of Jeep as nearly every move made thus far has resulted in nothing but success.