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Jeep Wrangler pick-up to revive Scrambler name as FCA denies GWM sales talk

23.08.2017

Expected to become a production reality next year, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) owned Jeep will reportedly revive the Scrambler name for the forthcoming Wrangler pick-up.

According to online forum, jeepscramblerforum.com, the sister website to jlwranglerforums.com, the Scrambler, a name last used in 1986 on a pick-up version of the Jeep CJ-8, will be offered with a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel (CRD) V6 engine used in the Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500, and three roof options; a black hardtop, black soft top and body coloured hardtop.

The site however did not mention whether the 2.0-litre Hurricane turbocharged engine or 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 mulled for the standard JL Wrangler will be offered, with nothing also being said about the eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearboxes slated to be the transmission options.

A series of computer aided drawings (CAD) in the form of screenshots taken from what appears to be internal FCA documents, also reveals that the Scrambler will have a overall length of 5 200 mm versus the current Wrangler Unlimited 4 370 mm, and a twelve-bolt Dana axle versus the present Wrangler's Dana 44 setup.

Known internally as the JT with the four-door carrying the JTU moniker, the Scrambler will hit dealership floors in 2019, a year after the standard Wrangler, which reports suggest will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November before entering mass production at FCA's plant in Toldeo, Ohio.

Jeep is not for sale

Meanwhile, FCA has denied claims that it has been talking to Chinese automaker, Great Wall Motors (GWM), about possibly selling the Jeep brand, and that it remains committed to its 2014-2018 business plan.

This comes after Automotive News reported earlier this week that GWM had been "connecting" with FCA about buying Jeep, which financial services provider Morgan Stanley has valued at $33.5-billion (R443-billion), more than the sum total of all of FCA's remaining brands.

"We are deeply interested in the Jeep brand and have paid close attention to it for a long time. Our strategic goal is to become the world's largest SUV maker. Acquiring Jeep, a global SUV brand, would enable us to achieve our goal sooner and better than [what] Great Wall could do with its own brands," GWM spokesperson, Xu Hui, was quoted as saying in response to an email by company president, Wang Fengying, in which she confirmed that an interest in acquiring Jeep had been expressed.

In a statement on Tuesday however, FCA stated that "it has not been approached by Great Wall Motors in connection with the Jeep brand or any other matter relating to its business".

 

IMAGES from jlwranglerforums.com

Article written by Autodealer
23.08.2017
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