The last time Jeep made a mass-production pickup truck, it was 1992 with the two-door Jeep Comanche. Now Jeep is looking to end that more than 20-year drought with a new production pickup, which will be released alongside the next-generation Wrangler in the latter half of 2017.
The company has yet to hand out official photos, but Jeep’s head designer Mark Allen has hinted in an interview with Outside magazine that the new model will share the crew cab configuration and other features with the Jeep’s Crew Chief concept.
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One of the several concept models revealed during the annual Easter Jeep Safari this March, the Jeep Crew Chief four-door cab looks like a cross between a Wrangler and Cold War-era military vehicle. And true enough, its distinct martial design is based on the 1960s classic Kaiser Jeep M715 and its civilian counterpart, the Jeep Gladiator, and is built on a platform similar the modern Wrangler JK Unlimited.
Among the Crew Chief’s key features are a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with a cold air intake, hidden winches on the rear and front bumpers, a stamped steel tailgate and logo, humongous 40-inch NDT military tires around 20-inch beadlock wheels, and a tactical green paint job.
Sadly, the oversized military wheels might not be carried over to the factory model, along with the rear winch and stamped steel tailgate that, according to Allen, is “fraught with quality issues”. The old Kaiser look may take a bit of tweaking as well.
“I don’t have a lot of interest in doing retro. I doubt you’ll see much of that from us.” Allen told Outside, although he did acknowledge Jeep’s association with retro design and culture in general.
“The neat thing with Wrangler is that it doesn’t need to be retro, since it’s never gone away,” he said.