Jeep, it should come as no surprise (to regular readers at least), is preparing to roll out a pickup version of the Wrangler. But while we’ve been expecting it to carry the name Scrambler, the latest intel suggests otherwise.
According to the fans on the Jeep Scrambler Forum, the extended Wrangler with the cargo bed in the back will actually be called the Gladiator.
An unnamed source sent the forum staff a screen capture from the FCA media site that apparently disclosed the nameplate before it was quickly taken down. And while the image could have been doctored, the name wouldn’t come entirely out of Left Field.
As our colleagues at Motor1 point out, Jeep used the Gladiator name through the 1960s, and even brought it back for a concept (pictured) in 2005, envisioning just the kind of Wrangler-based pickup we’re waiting for here. At any rate, the forum staff seem to find the tip credible enough to announce a plan to change the site’s name to JeepGladiatorForum.com.
What’s more is that the same tipster claims to have the names and codes for three Gladiator trims: namely the Sport (JTJL98), Overland (JTJP98), and Rubicon (JTJS98). Sport and Rubicon are two trim levels (alongside the Sport S and Sahara) currently offered on the Wrangler, but Overland would be a new addition to the lineup’s nomenclature, suggesting an off-road camping version – or at least a trim name evoking the popular pastime.
While we’re not privy to the internal discussions taking place at FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, we can’t help but wonder if the Gladiator name wasn’t chosen over the previously anticipated Scrambler handle due to the latter’s use on a type of retro dirt bike – like the one of the same name produced by Ducati, for example.
Whatever the reason, we ought to find out soon enough what Jeep will call the latest addition to its model line. In the meantime, you’re invited to sound off on what you think about the Gladiator versus Scrambler handles in the comments section below.