There are no doubts any more – 2019 Jeep Scrambler pickup truck is becoming official. We will see it for the first time at Auto Show in LA. With it, all other rumors about Wrangler pickup truck will be canceled. Well, it was just a matter of naming. FCA and Jeep were after the truck. Test mules confirmed the development. However, we didn’t know what name the pickup will carry. And now, it is definitely Scrambler. New Wrangler will also present some changes for the upcoming model, but it remains an off-road 4×4 crossover vehicle.
Well, according to all images we could see, both fans’ renderings and spy photos, the 2019 Jeep Scrambler will be Wrangler with a bed. Everything is there – boxy look, removable top, trademark radiator grille. Well, we didn’t expect anything different. Well, the new 2019 Scrambler could take another name, since lately, enthusiasts are writing about the Jeep Gladiator. Well, all these rumors are going to get confirmation or denial by the end of November. The FCA is finally getting a mid-size/compact pickup truck.
Names – Scrambler, Wrangler, or Gladiator
At first, the new truck appeared in gossips as Wrangler. More than a year ago we could hear rumors about Jeep building a pickup. Spy shots came, and with them – the Scrambler. We knew that the company is not going to leave Wrangler’s spot empty. It was just a matter of choice where each of these two names will belong. Finally, when we got a confirmation of 2019 Jeep Scrambler, a Gladiator appeared out of nowhere. Now, there is another possibility for FCA compact truck’s name. Be patient for a week or so. LA car show will solve this mystery once for all time.
2019 Jeep Scrambler Engines
The 2019 Jeep Scrambler will get power from one of the following engines – a 2.0-liter turbo-four or a 3.6-liter V6. The first one can achieve 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. A V6 is the famous Pentastar unit with 3.6-liter displacement. It is a more powerful option. Outputs are 290 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the main choice. We could see the Scrambler using a six-speed manual gearbox in combination with Pentastar engine. This would be the second vehicle to get such combination, after its closest sibling, Wrangler.
A six-speed gearbox will definitely be the power router if the 2019 Jeep Scrambler gets a diesel engine. The same unit the next-gen Ram 1500 is using could find its way under the hood of the new truck. That is an EcoBoost 3.0-liter turbodiesel drivetrain. The engine is capable to produce 250 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. It will also boost the fuel economy of the petrol trucks, as well as the towing capacity. However, this one could be added later, as an update for next year.
2019 Jeep Scrambler Hybrid
Last, but not the less impressive rumor is about the hybrid drivetrain. Don’t laugh, FCA already has a hybrid truck. It is Ram 1500. Well, it uses a mild-hybrid system that boosts the fuel economy by 1 mpg. But, any improvement in this segment is worth of try. That is exactly why hybrids are there. And this kind of engines will make less damage to power output and towing capacity in mid-size class, than in full-size. So, before you call it nonsense, think twice.
Jeep could hybridize a 3.6-liter V6 engine to get better fuel economy. Currently, for Wrangler, it sits at 20 mpg combined. With electric support, the engine will be able to raise the city rating to the level of highway drive (25 mpg). On the other hand, we doubt the new pickup will be capable to tow more than 3,500 pounds (towing capacity of petrol engine). Diesel will be a leader in this segment. It can top Chevy Colorado and its 7,700 pounds of towing capacity.
2019 Jeep Scrambler Interior
After 25 years, Jeep is delivering a pickup truck. So, the base models of the new 2019 Scrambler will have something special to offer. Inside the cabin, the latest infotainment system, big touchscreen display, a lot of connectivity features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available right from the base model. Also, the 2019 Jeep Scrambler will get the removable roof. Since the truck is a close sibling to Wrangler, we can expect a lot of similar equipment. We will see if these two will share trim levels and other offers. If this happens, we could see some interesting off-road accessories at some trims, and premium materials for luxury editions.
2019 Jeep Scrambler Price
Since the 2019 Jeep Scrambler will belong to the mid-size segment, it will cost $25,000-$30,000. We will know precisely when the model arrives in dealerships. We doubt the premiere in LA will unveil all details about trim levels and options for the new truck, including the full price list.