SAN FRANCISCO - Jeep will sell a pickup derivative of the Wrangler next year.
The Scrambler, developed initially for military use overseas, goes on sale in mid-July 2004, said George Murphy, senior vice president of global marketing.
The Scrambler concept sits on a stretched Wrangler wheelbase, enabling the addition of a 4-foot pickup bed behind a two-passenger compartment. Murphy said the Scrambler will be available in long and short wheelbases, but Chrysler declined to disclose specifications. Four- and six-cylinder engines will be available.
Jeep will produce about 20,000 Scramblers a year. Building the Scrambler will allow Jeep to "fill up the plant," that builds the Wrangler. It is built in an aging factory in Toledo, Ohio.
Chrysler group executives didn't intend to say that the Scrambler had a green light for sale to consumers. But it was included in a display on the exhibit floor at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention here, prompting confirmation that it will go on sale.