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2018 Jeep Wrangler ute: Spy pics

By 4X4 Australia staff, 25 May 2017 News

2018 Jeep Wrangler ute

Jeep’s upcoming dual-cab Wrangler ute spied ahead of debut.

SPY shots have surfaced on the internet of Jeep’s upcoming dual-cab Wrangler ute.

In April 2016, Jeep Australia confirmed its interest in a double-cab pick-up variant of the next-gen Wrangler. And, at the time, Zac Loo, head of product strategy and marketing at FCA, said: “We’re looking at extending that (Wrangler) line beyond just two- and four-door variants that we have today with the pick-up.”

2018 Jeep Wrangler ute Spy pics side
Then at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show, Mike Manley, Jeep’s global chief, all but confirmed the Wrangler ute will come to Australia, when he said: “there’s no question on right-hand drive for the pick-up.”

Progress has since sharpened, with these spy shots of the camouflaged dual-cab Wrangler recently sprouting on the web.

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As can be seen in the pics, the ute variant is similar to the current-gen Wrangler SUV – with a few noticeable design changes.

2018 Jeep Wrangler ute Spy pics rear
The upcoming JL Wrangler, of which it’s based, is set to gain a host of fuel-saving features, the option of a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine or a V6 diesel engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and weight-saving aluminium panels.

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The ute version is expected to roll into showrooms early in 2019, with production scheduled at FCA’s Toledo’s assembly complex in Ohio.