Jeep's decision to produce a Wrangler-based pickup comes after a decade of teasing the brand's loyal enthusiasts with concepts that never were approved for production. Plans to expand Wrangler production in Toledo, Ohio, have cleared the way for this long-sought pickup, and designers will be able to borrow ideas they've explored since 2005 for the final vehicle.
Will Wrangler-based pickup borrow from these concepts?
The Gladiator (pictured above) looked like a Wrangler but rode on a larger Ram 1500 frame. Still, it ignited the fire for a Wrangler-based pickup.
The J12 had throwback styling with steel wheels and a single bench seat in the cabin.
The simplest Wrangler pickup concept, largely owing to the company’s nearly complete lack of cash to experiment.
Easily the wildest Wrangler-based pickup design. It used a throwback Forward Control design, dropside 8-foot cargo box and a set of nearly $25,000 portal axles.
The diesel-powered, canvas-topped two-seater was an homage to the military-spec M715 Kaiser (hence "New-Kizer") pickup from the 1960s.
The Red Rock Responder had a raised bed that hid a slide-out storage tray and hollow side cabinets to hold more off-road emergency necessities.
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