Being 'Jeep' they will have to shy away from those big square Dodge grills and adopt something else. Trucks with vertical bar grills don't seem to catch on though.I always liked the look of the Honcho. The Gladiator (seen in the movie Tremors) was also cool. Hopefully they can keep the pointed nose on them.
A Jeep pickup will probably have a whole lot more in common with the Wrangler than your Grand Cherokee. Feel free to read up on Wrangler reliability if you care to but the condensed version is that is has always been poor and the recent models haven't shown much improvement.I have to say, my 2015 Grand Cherokee (which now has 30K miles) has been flawless. I have been following the Ridgeline Gen2 progress because all three of my Ridgeline's were also flawless, and I miss having a truck bed so I could see another RL in my future. But if Jeep does end up manufacturing a pickup I'll definitely check it out. All of that being said, if it won't compare to Gen2 RL in terms of comfort or utility it'll be a non-starter for me.
He's more than aware of Wrangler's reliability. He owned one a few years ago.A Jeep pickup will probably have a whole lot more in common with the Wrangler than your Grand Cherokee. Feel free to read up on Wrangler reliability if you care to but the condensed version is that is has always been poor and the recent models haven't shown much improvement.
Yes but he seems to be equating the 30k miles of flawless service of his new GC to what one would expect in a new Jeep pickup.He's more than aware of Wrangler's reliability. He owned one a few years ago.
Wrangler's fuel economy is 16 City, 20 Hwy for the 4x4 four door automatic. What's abysmal about that?Yes but he seems to be equating the 30k miles of flawless service of his new GC to what one would expect in a new Jeep pickup.
Overall, both initial build quality and component longevity are pretty important in a vehicle (at least to someone like me who wants to get to at least 150k without major issues) 30k of flawless service is good testimony the GCs build quality. Its a bit soon to say what the experience will be like at 100k. I would expect it to be better than a Wrangler at 100k.
Individual experiences may certainly vary but when compared to other vehicles in its class (or in any class for that matter) the Wrangler has an extremely poor reliability history. Its off road prowess is also matched by extreme compromises in its on road driving experience and not to mention abysmal fuel economy.
I'm sure the rugged looks and off road capability of Wrangler based pickup would get a lot of people excited, my self included. However, living with it as a daily driver would all most certainly be more like a kick in the nuts.
This will be interesting to keep an eye on. What will the truck be based off of, the Wragler or the GC.If the Jeep pickup is more like the wrangler than the GC in terms of ride and handling (likely) I won't look at it. But if it looks like the wrangler and drives like the GC (similarly to the current RL, which gets significantly better mileage than the RL, possibly because of the 8spd transmission), I'd definitely take a look. Like another poster said earlier, the competition is a good thing for those of us who are fans of the RL and gen2 RL.