Jeep reveals plans for pickup derivative of Wrangler By DIANA T. KURYLKO Jeep will sell a pickup derivative of the Wrangler in 2004. The Scrambler, developed initially for military use overseas, goes on sale as a 2005 model in mid-July 2004, said George Murphy, senior vice president of global marketing. "It has been developed to increase sales quickly and to pass on the tradition of the Wrangler - which has the strongest image of any vehicle in the Jeep range," Murphy said. The Scrambler concept sits on a stretched Wrangler wheelbase, enabling the addition of a 4-foot pickup bed behind a two-passenger compartment. Murphy said the Scrambler will be available in long and short wheelbases, but Chrysler declined to disclose specifications. Four- and six-cylinder engines will be available. Jeep will produce about 20,000 Scramblers a year. Due to the stretched wheelbase, the ride "is more comfortable, and it feels better on the road" than the Wrangler, Murphy said. Wrangler sales declined 6.5 percent in 2002 to 64,351. Jeep has been adding derivatives to the Wrangler range for two years.