With the launch of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee upcoming, Jeep might already be looking further into the future. The company hasn’t offered a pickup truck in North America since 1992, but they are currently debating the idea.

Mike Manley, president and CEO of Jeep expressed interest in a compact and midsize truck in an interview with PickupTrucks.com.

“That’s a segment that I’m very curious about. I know it’s had a rough time here in the U.S., but globally it still seems to be an important sector.”

“I know there’s a lot of elasticity in the Jeep brand globally, so we’re not limiting our search for new-vehicle opportunities or new markets,” Manley said.

Manley seemed very open about the idea of competing with the likes of the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.

Yet, this isn’t the first time that trucks have been brought up by Jeep. Remember the Jeep Gladiator concept from 2005. When the press got their hands on it, the truck got nothing, but rave reviews.

Jeep won’t have it easy though. Chinese auto manufacturer Mahindra is already preparing a truck launch in the United States and, with rising gas prices, trucks might not be the best area to explore.

In any case, don’t expect any further comment from Jeep, just keep hoping that something will come along very soon.

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Source: PickupTrucks.com

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6 comments:

  (498) posted on 03.9.2011

Styling is pretty nice. Great Chrysler is backing up a high end product. I like this jeep!

  (380) posted on 08.26.2010

That jeep is way too big, lol

  (1023) posted on 06.24.2010

its kinda ugly to me because of the reserve tire. also the length of the cab.

  (387) posted on 06.23.2010

i wont bother myself from buying it.. i would rather buy myself a Toyota Tacoma or tundra than having this ugly jeep-truck.

  (211) posted on 06.22.2010

Well, every other pickup truck the Toledo-based off-road spe ts have ever created, including the classic CJ-8 Scrambler. And the darn near perfect in every way, I guess Jeep Gladiator concept from 2005 got nothing but rave reviews from everyone who saw it at the Detroit. Auto Show.

  (434) posted on 06.22.2010

huh are they serious about the reserve tire? it looks awful to me.

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