Jeep Scrambler will likely get longer and strengthened frame over standard Wrangler; expected to be powered by 3.0L turbocharged V6 diesel
The pickup truck version of the Jeep Wrangler was spied testing several times on foreign soil last year and it has been christened Jeep Scrambler. The upcoming Wrangler variant had its Scrambler trademark revived by FCA more than three years ago and is reported to hit showrooms in the US in April 2019.
The all-new Jeep Scrambler is expected to share the same 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine with the standard Wrangler. Internally codenamed JT, the engine was also said to be confirmed by the FCA sales code that explained each program codes for the particular engine found under the destined model.
However, it did not reveal anything about the existence of either the smaller 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol or the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 in the pickup truck’s lineup. It might be because of the system not being fully formulated yet or that there is not much information so far known to the outside world. The JT is said to be made available with three roof options, at least initially.
One is a body-coloured three piece hardtop, second is a black three piece hardtop and the other is a black Sunrider soft top. The latter will be the most premium of the three and goes on to prove that the roof will be removable after all. JeepScramblerForum did not stop there as it got access to some CAD files of the pickup’s axles and frame used.
The frame will be around 18 percent longer than the existing Wrangler’s and will be capable of carrying significant weight. The axles, on the other hand, are Dana 12-bolt items with increased strength to raise the payload and towing capacity of the Scrambler. The production of the Scrambler is expected to begin in the final quarter of this year and it is the first Jeep pickup since the Comanche went out of production in 1992.
It will compete against some of the heavyweights like Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. The latest generation Wrangler was launched in international markets late last year and it was spied testing in India a few weeks back.
Source: JeepScramblerForum and AutomotiveNews