To wrangle or scramble, that is the question.
More details have emerged of Jeep’s upcoming Wrangler ute, which will purportedly wear the ‘Scrambler’ name. This puts to rest any rumours that FCA would seek to revive the ‘Gladiator’ name that was first used on a concept car, designed to preview the possibility of a ute-bodystyle addition to the Wrangler range.
The Scrambler name confirmation was posted on the Jeep Scrambler Forum, a website run by the same team behind the JL Wrangler Forums. Accompanying the name confirmation was a series of screenshots purportedly taken on an internal ordering system employed by Fiat-Chrysler, which confirm that the Scrambler will sit on an elongated chassis (18% longer than the one used on the SUV, measuring in at 205-inches in length) and will employ a tougher 12-bolt axle and differential assembly to ensure competitive towing and hauling figures.
The internal documents also show that the Scrambler/Wrangler ute will definitely come with the 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6, replete with automatic engine start/stop technology. However, there was no mention of petrol engines, be it the turbo four-pot or the 3.6-litre Pentastar, nor any indication of transmission options. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of reason that the ute would be offered with both manual and automatic transmission options, given that a number of these cars could be used for hard-work.
The Scrambler will also be offered with a number of roof options, aside from the usual fixed-roof. There will be a black three-piece hardtop (usually called a ‘Freedom Top’ because, we don’t know), along with a body-coloured option with the same configuration. There will also be a canvas ‘Sunrider’ soft top too, which will be a unique proposition, to say the least.
Regardless of what name will be tacked onto the back, the Wrangler ute has long since been confirmed for our market. The Wrangler ute is expected to go into production in October 2018, so don’t expect to see it make a solid local introduction until sometime the following year. You can read more about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler here.