We may have just got our first clue as to what the upcoming Jeep Wrangler Pickup will actually be called when it finally hits the road.
So far we’ve been calling Jeep’s incoming Wrangler Pickup the “Scrambler” just because that’s what it used to be called back in the ‘80s, and because it’s a lot easier to say than “Jeep Wrangler Pickup.” But we didn’t actually have any official confirmation from FCA on that name, and now it looks like there might be a very good reason as to why.
From the Jeep Scrambler Forum (by way of Motor1) comes a new and compelling piece of evidence that the Scrambler will not, in fact, be called the Scrambler at all. Instead, Jeep will opt to name their new pickup truck the Gladiator after the old pickup the brand sold throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.
As proof, a Jeep Scrambler Forum user posted a screenshot from FCA’s media site that revealed the name “2020 Jeep Gladiator” as one of their products. The site was quickly taken down, but an inside source confirmed that the name is real.
That same source also revealed several trims and dealer codes for the Gladiator, including the Sport Pickup (JTJL98), the Overland Pickup (JTJP98), and the Rubicon Pickup (JTJS98).
FCA has not confirmed or denied the leak, so we’re still going to have to take this with a hefty grain of salt. But we’re only a few weeks away from the Gladiator’s big reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show, so a leak like this is almost expected from a big carmaker in order to generate hype.
Especially since little else beyond the name of the Gladiator is likely to be a surprise. It’s already widely expected to mirror the current JL Wrangler with a few modifications to support a bed. Engine choices are expected to be the same 3.6-L Pentastar V6 and 2.0-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder that the Wrangler normally comes with, along with an infotainment that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
We’ll know for sure come November 30th when the Gladiator finally gets its big reveal at the LA Auto Show.