Earlier this week, Jeep fans received news that the forthcoming Wrangler pickup truck might be released with badging bearing the name Gladiator. While the change from Scrambler to Gladiator may confuse some hardcore Jeep historians, the more aggressive choice seems natural for Fiat Chrysler as they reintroduce a pickup onto the modern market.
Although past Jeep pickups have borne the Scrambler name, and plenty of skeptical consumers have expressed doubt over the potential Gladiator leak, the new moniker seems here to stay. The same website—albeit now fittingly renamed as the Jeep Gladiator Forum—has posted a set of pics revealing the new Wrangler-based pickup and its specs, allegedly snagged once again from FCA's media site before the "treasure trove" was quickly deleted.
If these new revelations prove reliable, rather than the all-too-common fan renderings that have besieged the internet for the last few months, the new pickup looks to continue on the modern adaptations to the Wrangler that Jeep has introduced for the newest iteration. Four doors, a short bed, plenty of ground clearance, and the rugged design cues of the Wrangler shine through.
The photos speak for themselves, though they were not released without an extensive spec sheet. Highlights include Command-Trac and Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive systems, third-gen Dana 44 Axles, locking and limited-slip diffs, and electronic sway-bar disconnects. Two hardtop options will be complemented by a premium soft top, with "dozens of diffeent door, top and windshield combinations."
Aluminum construction including for doors, hood, fenders, and tailgate keep weight low, while a 3.6-liter gas V6 and a 3.0-liter diesel V6 provide motivation. The gasoline engine can be had with either a six-speed stick shift or an eight-speed automatic, while the diesel is only available with the eight-speed. Claims of best-in-class towing capacity figure in at 7,650 pounds, while payload capacity is rated up to 1,600 pounds. Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator should be able to ford up to 30 inches of water.
On the interior, the fourth generation of FCA's Uconnect infotainment system features Apple Carplay, Android Auto and a selection of touchscreens measuring either 7.0 or 8.4 inches. The spec sheet claims the Gladiator will be "packed with more than 80 available advanced safety and security features" including a front-facing off-road camera that is available on Gladiators in Rubicon trim.