The latest report from Automotive News reveals that the upcoming Jeep Wrangler pickup truck may not be based on the 2018 Wrangler JL’s platform.
Just like the Jeep Gladiator concept shown back in 2005, the upcoming Wrangler pickup may be sharing the same architecture as the Ram 1500 along with some elements of the Jeep bodywork and other Jeep parts.
The report states that this isn’t a guarantee that the Wrangler pickup will be sharing the same platform as the Ram 1500 but claims that there are adequate evidence to support its statement.
Some inside sources have disclosed that the Wrangler pickup’s release date has been postponed to 2019 as the company needs to build a new paint shop at FCA’s Toledo South plant.
This is due to the fact that the Wrangler pickup is too long and it will not be able to fit into the shop.
Automotive News also reports that if the US government successfully implements a large tariff on vehicles produced outside the country, FCA will have no choice but to shift Ram production north.
With the Wrangler pickup sharing many components with the Ram 1500, it will aid in simplifying production methods – granted, the new Ram is also built in the country.