We can’t wait for this truck.
The Gladiator has finally debuted at the LA Auto Show on 11/28/18. Click here for full details on Jeep’s new picku
cJeep hasn’t sold a pickup truck since 1992, when the XJ Cherokee-based Comanche went out of production. Since then, Jeep has made many concept pickups to tease us. Now, we know that a JL Wrangler-based pickup is on its way, and it’s high on our list of cars we can’t wait to drive. To say we’re excited for the Wrangler pickup would be an understatement, so let’s round up everything we think we know about it.
Every Angle of the Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck
It’s Actually, Finally, Really, Seriously Happening
Jeep started the Wrangler pickup fever in 2005 with the Gladiator Concept (shown above), but it never reached production. A handful of concepts since only served to whet our collective appetite further.
Finally, the late Fiat Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne, confirmed in early 2016that Jeep would be offering a production pickup version of the JL Wrangler, the standard SUV-version of which made its debut in late 2017.
We’ll See it In November
We suspected that the Wrangler pickup would make its debut at the LA Auto Show this year, and now it’s confirmed. Via Jalopnik, the LA Auto Show put out a press release saying that “a pickup truck from Jeep” will be among the cars making their world-debut at the show. The media preview for the Auto Show starts November 27th, so expect to finally see the Wrangler pickup then, if not sooner.
reports that Jeep dealers were told at national conference that the Wrangler Pickup would arrive in their showrooms in April 2019. That means the truck will probably begin production around the end of this year.
We Think It’ll Be Called the Gladiator
Originally, rumor had it that the Wrangler pickup would be named Scrambler, after the rare two-door pickup CJ-8 built from 1981 to 1986. But more recently, we’ve heard some new evidence to the contrary. A tipster alerted Jeep Scrambler Forumto an apparent slip-up from within FCA. Briefly, on Jeep’s media page, a header appeared that said “2020 Jeep Gladiator.” Jeep Scrambler Forum has since renamed itself “Jeep Gladiator Forum.”
While the page was quickly removed from FCA’s media site, the Wrangler pickup rumor forum is so convinced of its veracity, the management is undertaking to change the forum’s name to Jeep Gladiator Forum. And if the rumor is true, it’s got precedent: “Gladiator” was the name for Jeep’s Wagoneer-based pickup truck built from 1963 to 1971, and Jeep resurrected the name for a JK-generation Wrangler-based concept truck from 2005 mentioned above.