Autoblog and PickupTrucks think the answer is yes, based on inside sources who say the project has been given a green light. Fueling the rumor is word that Chrysler dealers were shown just such a concept at their recent meeting in Orlando, though no attendee was
stupid brave enough to leak images on the web.
The same inside sources that claim the project has been given approval say that the final design looks quite a bit like the Jeep Gladiator concept pictured here. The pickup would be built on a stretched version of the Wrangler Unlimited’s platform, but would be offered as a two door with a short, open bed.
Jeep’s last pickup truck offering was the Comanche, built between 1986 and 1992. The Comanche used unibody construction, and was based on the Cherokee platform with an added subframe to support the cargo box. The long bed Comanche hit the market in 1986, followed by a short bed version in 1987. Ironically, the truck was killed off by poor sales, but is now considered a cult classic vehicle for its reliability and status as “Jeep’s last pickup”.