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In what will likely disappoint many Jeep fans, the automaker is claiming they currently don't have the production resources to build a Wrangler-based pickup. Originally shown as the Gladiator Concept at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, a production version is still likely a few years away.
It looks like we are all going to have to wait a little longer for the arrival of the Wrangler-based Jeep pickup. The Jeep Gladiator Concept first debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2005. As Chrysler shifts direction towards transmission and small car development (not to mention work with Fiat), resources are simply tied up in too many projects, according to various sources. "[The pickup] continues to progress because of the interest in the vehicle," said Jeep chief Mike Manley.
He continued: "Our resources are fully dedicated to small vehicles, [new transmissions] and working with Fiat. There are none left to work on the Jeep pickup [at this time]." Based on the Jeep Gladiator Concept, there is also potential for a smaller version (cargo capacity at 2,205lbs) of the Jeep pickup to be made available overseas. Markets rumored to be of interest are Southeast Asia and Europe.