We have been head over heels for Jeep to launch its Wrangler-based rugged, off-road capable pickup truck and now. Several prototypes have been spotted testing from some time now and Jeep has given its word on a pickup wearing the famous seven-slot grille that will debut at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show this month.
A few rumours stated that Jeep was planning on naming the car as Scrambler. However, some new evidence suggests that Scrambler is off the table ditching which Jeep would be opting for Gladiator.
According to a post of Jeep Scrambler Forum, the Gladiator name briefly appeared on a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles website. Apart from it, some other names that were present included Sport, Overland and Rubicon trims, along with corresponding model codes for each.
This is, however, not the first Gladiator in Jeep’s history. Back in the 1960s the company has launched full-size truck under the same nameplate and was based on the Jeep Wagoneer. In 2005 Jeep resurfaced the name as a concept, which until now has not made it to the production ramp.
We expect the car to be launched with a 3.0-litre turbodiesel V-6 engine. Meanwhile, we could also see the same engine on the Wrangler slotting between the currently available 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 with its mild-hybrid parts and the 3.6-litre V-6 that you’ll find under the hood of most new Wranglers.
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