Jeep design boss Mark Allen recently unveiled a lineup of seven Jeep concepts for the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, and hidden among them is a concept that hints at a model whose existence has been rumored and speculated about for years—a Jeep Wrangler pickup truck. The concept in question is the Jeep Crew Chief 715, which uses a Wrangler Ultimate as a base in conjunction with heritage design cues and the addition of a truck bed.
Allen dropped vague hints that the Crew Chief 715 contains some of the same styling cues as the upcoming Jeep Wrangler and, consequently, hints at the future Wrangler pickup. “We’re finally going to get to do a pickup truck. I can’t explain too much but there may be things you see on the Crew Chief that you might see on that truck.”
He also discussed the possibility of Jeep moving in a different direction in terms of design, specifically mentioning that the nose of the Crew Chief 715 is old-fashioned. Newer Jeeps will likely bear a more modern look instead of relying on nostalgia to bolster sales, adopting similar design philosophies as vehicles in the brand’s lineup such as the Renegade or Cherokee.
The Crew Chief 715 is also the first Jeep concept to feature a four-door crew cab concept, while previous pickup concepts have always had two doors.
Production of the new Jeep Wrangler is expected to begin sometime in 2017, which means the SUV will likely debut as a 2018 model. Official sources have not mentioned any details concerning the Jeep Wrangler pickup and whether it will be available at the same time as the standard model, but more information is expected to release as the launch date draws nearer.