Jeep Scrambler set to Debut in 2019
It’s felt like an eternal wait, but the Jeep® Wrangler pickup – the Scrambler to be exact, was just spotted out on a road test by spy photographers. Heavily-camouflaged prototypes have been making the rounds since the summer of 2016, so it’s only a matter of time before the Scrambler becomes a reality on dealer lots. Spy photographers didn’t only spot a pair of Wrangler-inspired pickups, they spotted one possible Scrambler with some hefty tires that possibly hint at a pickup with off-roading capabilities and more.
The set of 33-inch Falken Wildpeak M/T tires spotted on one of the prototypes are the same set of tires that are currently on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon trim. Industry experts have taken this fact as a sign that there will be a Rubicon variant of the Scrambler. While the size of these tires is similar to the ones found on the Rubicon, these specific Falken tires have never been used on a Jeep prototype before. Simple mechanics indicate that the pickup truck will need a different load rating and this very well could be why the prototype is testing with never-before-seen-on-a-Jeep tires. At the same time, Jeep could just be experimenting and these tires won’t make it into the final product. Regardless, we as the public won’t know until Jeep makes the official introduction.
The other prototype was spotted with some Bridgestone Dueler H/T tires that appear to be on a pickup truck that’s destined to be a street-oriented variant of the Scrambler. Just like the Falken tires are similar to those found on the Rubicon, the Bridgestone Dueler tires are the same size as the optional tires currently available on the Sahara trim. If the pattern is to be believed then it appears that there will be a luxury-oriented variant of the Scrambler as well. The spy photographers also picked up on many other small, but important, details – the Scrambler pickup will likely have freedom panels, meaning it can go somewhat topless just like the two-door and four-door Wrangler vehicles. Spy photographs of the interior clearly show the L-shaped latches that attach the freedom panels to the roof of the cabin. See below:
While Jeep hasn’t made the name official as of yet, serious Jeep fans are convinced that the brand will bring back the “Scrambler” name with this pickup model. The last time the brand used the Scrambler moniker was for the two-door civilian Jeep pickup manufactured from 1981-1985. Just like the Wrangler gives a nod to the brand’s iconic past while offering the best features of the present, the Scrambler is sure to be a vehicle in the same vein. The big reveal is imminent, and industry experts suspect that Jeep will introduce the Scrambler at the Los Angeles Auto Show this following November, but if that’s not the case, then the North American International Auto Show in early 2019 is a good possibility. Regardless of when it’s unveiled, the Scrambler is scheduled to be on the assembly line next spring.
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