The 2017 Scrambler from Jeep – Everything We Expected

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The word ‘Jeep’ is synonymous with off-road, SUV and all that relates to that market, it is perhaps one of the most famous brands within that sector.
With vehicles such as the Gladiator (built on the SJ Wagoneer), Comanche (Cherokee XJ) and the smaller CJ-8 Scrambler, the brand seems to go from strength to strength.

The very original Jeep Scrambler was actually the CJ-8, introduced to world back in 1981. It didn’t last that long, and despite being useful, wasn’t actually that popular.

For 2017, Jeep are reviving the Scrambler name and style, and it promises much. Let’s just hope it delivers on that promise.

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Will the Jeep Scrambler arrive in time for 2017?

Contents

1. Will the Scrambler Arrive in Time?
2. A long time coming
3. How will it be powered
4. And Finally…

We haven’t yet seen anything (other than computer generated renderings) of the new 2017 Scrambler, but that isn’t to say it’s not happening; despite very little evidence, sources close to Jeep say that we’re going to see a pre-production model making its debut this year, with sales hopefully happening a little later, but … the actual dealership roll-out could be delayed slightly while they fix the bugs and make sure it’s right.

It’s the same for the pricing structure – nothing official has been said, but given the close proximity to the Jeep Wrangler, we’d guess that the pricing will be similar. Jeep won’t want to ramp the price up too much, because it just won’t sell – after all, it’s a pickup and you can buy a Nissan Frontier for less than $20,000 so just where will Jeep place it?

We think that it’s going to compete with the legendary Ford F-150 (sticker price of $28,405) and the Honda Ridgeline, which has a base price of $30,415. So our money would be on a figure between $29,000 – $30,000 for the base model.

Given that it’s a new model, with very little information known, it’s difficult to place it – Jeep may go down the price range to compete with the likes of the Nissan, Chevrolet Colorado ($20,995) and the GMC Canyon at $21,880.

A long time coming

Jeep fans have been waiting over a decade for a pickup, since 2005 when the Gladiator concept was first shown. However, the reason for the delay, despite the concept being popular is that if Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles want to put the model into production, they need to significantly upgrade the facility at Toledo; it is already working at maximum capacity and there is no further capacity for more.

But, if the model does go into production, it is thought that the new model will borrow significantly from the Wrangler; using parts already in production would help with costs and production schedules. Rumors say that the new Jeep would be quite small, something akin to the Scrambler of the 1980’s.

Thanks to the tax breaks on vehicles like this, trucks and pickups are usually quite a lot cheaper than their SUV counterparts, so we would expect to see the new Jeep pickup coming in at about 20% less than the Wrangler.

The old Jeep Scrambler is fondly remembered by America, it’s for this reason that Jeep decided to bring the name back. Back in 2005, Jeep showed the Wrangler Red Rock Mobile Responder vehicle, it went down well, but nothing much has happened since.
The new Scrambler will incorporate elements from that show car, but will be unmistakably Wrangler.

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How will Jeep power the 2017 Scrambler?


While the designers have promised to improve the overall appearance and improve the aerodynamics, the Jeep will be absolutely recognizable as a Jeep. There are plenty of rumors surrounding the choices for powering it, some say that it will be fitted with an upgraded Pentastar engine, while other rumors have it that there will be a 3.6 liter V6, a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four and … quite possibly a diesel!

We aren’t sure how much validity there is to those rumors, especially the diesel; America isn’t keen on the diesel, and now it seems that even the Europeans are losing their love for them – new legislation is going to be introduced to try and cut down of the use of them. Whatever the choice or fitment of engine, they will be coupled to an 8-speed auto transmission.

The doors and hood will be made from aluminum, and although Sergio Marchionne (CEO of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles) initially said that the next generation of the Wrangler will be all aluminum, industry experts said otherwise, and it seems the experts were right; Marchionne now says that there will be a lot of aluminum, but not completely made from aluminum.
The chassis will be traditional, but fitted with aluminum panels, the vehicle will also have traditional solid axles and the power-plants are expected to be the current models.

This would make sense, at least financially; tooling up for press dies is very expensive, and if Jeep went over to all aluminum, it would be all-new tooling at the plant as well. This would undoubtedly have an impact on the overall cost of the project, and while Jeep are trying to open up the sales pipeline, they’re also wanting to keep costs down.

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And Finally…

As for the interior, we think that Jeep will take a more utilitarian approach rather fitting it out with luxury. This means that the Scrambler will be more of a work-horse, useful and useable off-road and something that you’re not afraid to get the odd ding in the bodywork here and there.

Despite that, it’s still going to get some decent equipment fitted, but what will be standard and what’s optional remains to be seen.

What do you think of the 2017 Jeep Scrambler? Love it? Hate it? Have Jeep made the right choice? We think it looks pretty good. Why not let us know in the comments as to what you make of it – your opinion is important to us!

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    I just want to know where I can sign up to get mine!

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For years, Jeep fans pray for release of Wrangler-based pickup truck. And it seems that it will happen in the nearest future.

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