Report: Jeep Wrangler Pickup to Be Built in Toledo By 2018

The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler pickup truck is heading toward production, according to a new report from Automotive News. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reportedly plans to announce that the Wrangler pickup will be built alongside the next-gen Wrangler SUV by 2017 or 2018. As a result, production of the Jeep Cherokee crossover will leave Ohio, possibly for plants in Michigan or Illinois.
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Jeep currently builds the Wrangler and the Cherokee at its Toledo, Ohio, assembly plant. To create enough capacity at the facility to add a Wrangler pickup, Jeep would reportedly shift production of the Cherokee from Toledo to a nearby factory, possibly Sterling Heights, Michigan, or Belvidere, Illinois. Jeep reportedly plans to increase Wrangler production to 350,000 units annually.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler will remain a body-on-frame design, although extensive use of aluminum will help shed weight. An updated version of the current Wrangler’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine will provide motivation, with an 8-speed automatic transmission replacing the dated 5-speed unit. Jeep previously said it would introduce the new Wrangler by second-quarter 2017, suggesting an introduction at that year’s Detroit auto show is a possibility. The pickup variant is believed to have been developed in tandem with the Wrangler SUV, but it will debut at a later date.

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