Umm the article's claim makes no sense. If the JT pickup was riding on a Ram 1500 platform, the prototype's track width wouldn't be sticking out so much with the Ram bed. Look how much it sticks out compared to the Ram 1500.
Doesn't look that huge. It'll still be a mid sized pickup and smaller than the smallest Ram truck. And there'll be a 2 door version if the 4 door version is too long for ya. Just hasn't been spied yet I think.
Another big reason is nobody really care about a BOF rugged SUV as much as Jeep does. And by that I mean they have the most to lose by failing to deliver on such a car and sell it in big numbers. Killing off the FJ Cruiser and Xterra didn't affect Toyota or Nissan's bottomline or reputation...
I have my doubts that a factory worker has seen the JL wrangler already but I bet these are close anyway.
BTW the LED lighting even in renderings makes a big difference in modernizing the look of the car. The current lights suck so that'll be a very welcome change.