Jeep's Wrangler-based pickup won't be called Scrambler
It's resurrecting another heritage-laced name.
We've referred to Jeep's upcoming Wrangler-based pickup truck as the Scrambler since we first saw spy shots of the model testing in Michigan. The name made sense; it came from the CJ-8 Scrambler sold during the 1980s. Leaked information published on a forum suggests we were wrong all along.
The model will allegedly resurrect the Gladiator nameplate when it makes its debut later this month at the Los Angeles auto show. The information comes from a member of the Jeep Scrambler Forum who briefly saw "2020 Jeep Gladiator" posted on the brand's media site. The reference to the truck is gone, but it was up long enough for the user to save a screenshot of it.
The forum -- which consequently will change its name in the coming days -- adds the line-up will initially include three trim levels called Sport, Overland, and Rubicon, respectively. Other variants could appear later in the production run. As of writing, it sounds like the Gladiator will be offered exclusively as a four-door model.
Why Gladiator? History buffs will remember Jeep introduced the name in 1962 on a pickup variant of the Wagoneer. It's a choice that's somewhat inaccurate from a historical standpoint, a modern-day Gladiator should be based on the Grand Cherokee instead of on the Wrangler, but we doubt anyone will mind.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator (assuming that's indeed its name) will make its official debut at the Los Angeles auto show. Sales will begin in early 2019. Pricing information hasn't been released yet, but we expect it will start in the vicinity of $35,000.