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Car and Driver: It’s Official: Jeep Wrangler Pickup Is Coming in 2017

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The Jeep Wrangler pickup truck is really, finally happening. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Jeep CEO Mike Manley confirmed at the Detroit auto show that it would reach production in late 2017.

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The Detroit News said more details would emerge later this month when FCA reveals its updated five-year product strategy to investors. But so far, nothing has changed since we first heard an unofficial yes in September, including that it will be built alongside the next-gen Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio. While it’s far from being the first production Jeep pickup, it will be the first one under the Wrangler umbrella. It’s expected to incorporate the same healthy dose of aluminum as the next Wrangler.

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Since Jeep sells every last Wrangler the Toledo plant builds, FCA may need to move Cherokee production—it’s built on a second Toledo line—to another facility to prevent any inventory shortfalls as retooling commences. This development surely spells doom for the Mopar JK-8 pickup conversion kit that’s been on sale since 2011, but after so many teases like the Gladiator concept pictured above, getting a factory-built Jeep pickup instead is a trade-off most Jeepers—and us—would be willing to make.

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