“We are seriously considering that model for the UK,” Jeep boss Damien Dally told Autocar at an event last week. “It won’t be big sales numbers but more of a lifestyle model.”
The arrival of a Jeep pick-up in the UK would be the first time the US brand has offered this bodystyle in the UK.
The new Wrangler pick-up is understood to feature a single cab, rather than the doublecab design that Jeep showed as the Crew Chief 715 Kaiser concept earlier this year.
The Kaiser concept had a 5ft bed built onto a fourdoor body, but its unwieldy dimensions didn’t find favour among reviewers who drove it.
The new Wrangler pick-up will contribute to a significant increase in UK sales, as FCA invests in a new ‘C9’ model and increases right-hand drive production at the home of Jeep in Toledo, Ohio.
The C9 incorporates multiple technical advances for a Jeep, although the styling will remain true to its heritage.
The steel frame is all new and clad with aluminium panels. The core engine will be a 3.0-litre VM diesel, which is also used in the Grand Cherokee, and a four-cylinder turbo petrol unit with around 300bhp is in development, alongside an eight-speed automatic transmission.