Jeep Gladiator Hercules Getting Ready To Go Raptor-Hunting?

There could be good news on the horizon for fans of high-performance off-road pickups: Jeep is reportedly planning a Raptor-like version of the all-new Gladiator, which might be called “Hercules.”

The folks from the Jeep Gladiator Forum claim insider sources told them FCA is considering a high-performance version of the Gladiator pickup. According to the forum, the vehicle “is currently being evaluated for market viability so it has not been fully green-lighted just yet.”

As a result, no supplier contracts have been signed yet and Jeep is building prototypes for testing purposes. Accurate or not, the truth is there have been some public statements from FCA hinting at such a model.

In an interview at the LA Auto Show last year, Jeep design boss Mark Allen suggested a future high-speed off-roading model is in the works. “We’re known for a few good things off-road, you’ll see us expand into high-speed off-road, you’ll see us expand in other ways for Jeep. The truck is going to be a big help for us to get people to think of us as other than just SUVs,” Allen told Autoline After Hours.

He didn’t get into details, but the direction Jeep could take with the Gladiator is pretty straightforward, just like Ford has done with the Ranger Raptor and Chevrolet with the Colorado ZR2 Bison.

If the project gets the green light, the Gladiator Hercules will definitely adopt a more rugged look and new hardware. Expect a lift kit, Mopar beadlock wheels shod with larger off-road tires, steel front bumper, rock rails, skid plates and more.

These speculative renderings courtesy of the Jeep Gladiator Forum also give the truck a Mopar black grille, ram air hood, larger fender vents and vented high fenders. What do you think, does it look ‘bad’ enough to take on the Raptor?

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  • ace_9

    No, no. The welds and rust prevent Jeep from making proper offroad Wrangler models. By “high-speed off-roading model” they basically mean something more like an SUV, than might actually be at least usable on road above 60 mph, which is high-speed for a Jeep.

    • FactChecker90803

      Your being Sarcastic correct ?, my wife, kids and I take our JK and JL Wranglers Off Road and a little over the speed limit. My wife’s 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock, my son’s 2014, 2016 and 2017 Rubicons all have been upgraded with Procharger High Output Intercooled System with P-1SC-1 and they do run them HARD, never had any issues. My 2015 Willys Unlimited runs as well as it looks has some engine mods and a Flowmaster Outlaw Axle-Back Exhaust and my 1981 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler Restomod, with a GM LS376/525 V8, 6-Speed Manual Transmission, Air Conditioning, Hitch Receiver, Front Bumper Mounted Winch, Custom Front and Rear Bumpers, Beadlock Wheels, Removable Top & Doors has seen more rocks and mud then most Bulldozers.

      • ace_9

        Well, good to know that sinking money into heavy and expensive modifications can result in a somewhat capable vehicle even with a wrangler as a base 😀

        • FactChecker90803

          I see your jealous and envious of the Jeep Wrangler, let me take a gues your a Toyota Landcruiser series or one of does Land Rover $100,000 ++ Snots.

  • Blade t

    Wonder if they would use the 5.7 or the 6.4 to power it..

    • Matteo Tommasi

      If they are crazy the hellcat engine can find another engine bay to fall into

    • Would be interesting but looking at it’s rival it could be overkill and drive the price up. But hey this is FCA, they will hellcat everything.

  • Jason Panamera

    It should be Spartacus, not Hercules.

    • Emoto

      How about Biggus Dickkus?

      • Jason Panamera

        Or Jeep Crappus Fiatus.

  • I mean would be quite foolish if they didn’t make it, this kind of trucks appealing to rich people.

  • SteersUright

    Now this would be awesome. Make it! But smaller than the massively, oversized Raptor.

  • Thomas Elkins

    Interesting. So they could have this and the TRX? That would be neat.

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