StaffAllpar HomeMore NewsCarsTrucksUpcomingRepairsTest drives

Manley: Jeep pickup at least 4 years away

by Bill Cawthon on

According to Mike Manley, a Jeep pickup is at least four years in the future, if it is approved at all. Manley spoke to reporters about the concept during an appearance at the 2011 Frankfurt International Auto Show.

“It is too late in Wrangler’s product cycle to add a pickup,” Manley said. “The 2015 or 2016 time frame makes more sense. That’s when we will refresh the Wrangler.”

The many Jeep fans who have clamored for a pickup were hopeful when Mopar released the JK8 Independence kit to convert a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup, but even though the kit has been a solid seller, it still will take some time to make a dream a production reality.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

New future for minivans, big cars (updated)

Mopar Makes Towing with the Jeep Gladiator Safer

Ram out-pickups Chevy, Challenger #1?, and other Q3 takeaways

More Mopar Car
and Truck News

Some popular Allpar pages

Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL

Staff details/contactsTerms of ServiceInformation is presented to the best of our knowledge. Plans change and sometimes mistakes are made. Decisions or purchases made based on this site's verbiage or images are done at the reader's own risk. Also see the Allpar News archives, 1997-2008 • Copyright © VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved. • Mopar, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, HEMI, and certain other names are trademarks of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.