For the first time since 1992, Jeep is embracing the pickup truck. The JL Wrangler-based truck is set to hit showrooms in April 2019. Jeep has offered several concept cars in the past, including the 2005 Gladiator model. However, none of them ever made it to production. Early reports indicate that the JL model, which is being called the Jeep Scrambler in most forums, will come in both a one- and two-door models, which will give buyers an option to be more sporty. Here are some features that should keep people talking about the upcoming Jeep Pickup.
Is the body style of the JL Jeep Pickup the same as the Wrangler?
Some who have had the privilege of seeing the new JL Jeep pickup have noted that it looks like the SUV version with a truck bed. The body is made completely of aluminum, which knocks off about 200 pounds from the weight of the previous model, the JK. Aluminum can increase the size of a car's front and rear-end crumple zones, making the car have a much higher absorption capacity without all the added weight. In fact, aluminum absorbs twice as much crash weight as steel. Aluminum also boosts fuel economy and reduces emissions, which makes the JL pickup environmentally friendly.
What can we look forward to in the JL interior?
There is no need to worry about the inferior inner workings of the JL. With both a sharper design and higher quality materials, the JL promises more luxury than its predecessors. Many early reports have revealed the JL's dash will be a version of the interior of the JK Wrangler. Buyers can expect removable roof panels and the customary roll bar they have come to love. Otherwise, It is still a huge guess about whether the JL model will mimic every other aspect of the JL Wrangler’s interior.
What kind of entertainment system will the JL have?
Fiat, RAM, and Jeep vehicles are known for the high-tech Uconnect system, and the JL will be no different in that category. Most of the features in this system come from the factory so there will be limited up charging for buyers. The Uconnect's clean surface, responsiveness, and slick icons make it one of the more pleasing entertainment systems for cars. It has a wide functional bandwidth with a fair mix of virtual and physical buttons. For example, the Uconnect features knobs for both volume and climate control, but the soft keys allow you to warm the seas and tune the radio. An in-car SIM gives drivers WiFi hotspot capability with data plans offered through AT&T. Drivers can set up this function with an SSID and password on the system screen.
What kind of speed and power can we expect from the JL?
You should not expect the eight-speed automatic JL to have a supercharged V8 Hellcat engine. Jeep covered that with the 2016 Wrangler, giving the vehicle 650 lb-ft of torque and 707 horsepower. The closest thing to this in Jeep's seven-slat grille lineup is the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. However, you can expect the JL to have an optional 3.0-liter Ecodiesel V6 at 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The JL also comes with a standard Engine-Stop-Start (ESS). The base model will be powered by the 3.6 liter Pentastar, which offers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The low-end torque helps this model cater to off-roading.
How can we expect the JL to perform off-road?
The thing to remember when considering the JL's off-roading capabilities is this: the vehicle may be a pickup, but it is still a Wrangler. Trails, parks, and off-road experiences will not present any special challenges for this Jeep model. Buyers can expect to see the standard Wrangler 4×4 all-wheel drive, low gearing, and all-terrain tires. This gives drivers exceptional traction in rain, dirt, snow, mud, and sand. It is not clear whether the JL will offer options to increase traction and performance over more rugged terrain. However, drivers may still be able to use the short wheelbase to maneuver around obstacles and handle switchbacks. Large wheels and flex suspension will allow you to drive over obstacles without damaging the vehicle.
Is there anything special in the JL trim?
If the new JL is modeled on the standard Wrangler, it may come in four trim levels: Sport, Sport S, Sahara and Rubicon. The Sport trim keeps things quite simple with manual windows, side mirrors and locks, and a base stereo. Air conditioning is an add-on option. The windshield folds with just removing four bolts. The Sport S gives a few more creature comforts with power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, tinted rear windows and power-heated side mirrors. The luxury Sahara trim is designed for mostly on-road driving. You can only get the Sahara trim in a four-door design with body-colored fenders. Sahara trim also offers power windows and locks, dual-zone automatic temperature control and multiple USB ports. These are the things that make the Rubicon the king of Wrangler trims: its Rock-Trac off-road transfer case, electronically locking front and rear differentials, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles and an electronically disconnecting front sway bar. It also keeps a few luxury features from the Sahara.
Will the Wrangler's usual spare tire appear on the JL model?
One of the more recognizable elements for Jeep is the tire that is attached to the rear door. In the JL pickup truck, the signature tire may be mounted under the bed, as it is in most pickup trucks.