Next in our series of looking back at all the models we’ve made in the past 70 years is the Jeep® Comanche, a straightforward compact pickup truck from the ‘80s, based on the tremendously popular Cherokee SUV’s platform.
The Comanche, also known as the MJ, stood out among other pickups because of its Cherokee-based unibody chassis. It was available with either a six or a seven-foot cargo box, depending on year and trim. Like the Jeep pickups before it (particularly the long-running Gladiator / J-Series), the Comanche was designed to be a sporty truck, but was very capable of hauling cargo and equipped with optional four-wheel-drive (later models offered Selec-Trac® or Command-Trac® systems). In 1987, just one year after its introduction, we introduced the famous 4.0L six-cylinder engine and improved the base four-banger.
The Comanche was phased out in 1992, thus marking the end of the Jeep pickup truck line started in 1947. That said, we debuted a pickup truck concept in 2004, and it’s safe to say we have a few tricks up our sleeve for the future.