We've been following the pick-up version of the Wrangler for quite some time now. First spied a couple of years ago, we know it's likely to be named as the Gladiator. This time around, we now also know what it will look like, weeks before its official debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The folks from the Jeep Gladiator forum say they have managed to obtain five press photos of the new pick-up. If confirmed, this will be the look of the first Jeep pick-up in decades. Not only that, the forum adds that they claim to have tidbits from the press release as well.
But before we run the numbers, let's take a look at the exterior first. From the front right up until the rear doors of the Gladiator, it appears visually identical to the Wrangler. It gets the same classic Jeep look with its seven-slat grill, round headlights, and its boxy and upright profile. From the rear doors and back however, it's a totally different vehicle.
For starters, the wheelbase is longer than the five-door Wrangler Unlimited. It does get the traditional wheel arch flares from its five-door counterpart, but that's where the similarities end. The long bed also has a pair of tail lights which are different from the standard Wranglers. Lastly, the Jeep name is boldly spelled out on the tailgate.
On to features and it said that the Gladiator packs Dana 44 axles with disconnecting sway bars for more suspension articulation. It also has a limited-slip differential and also wears 33-inch tires for off-road use. Wading capacity is rated up to 30 inches or 762 mm, and has a payload rating of 1,600 lbs or about 725 kg.
Engine specs were also leaked out. It shares the same options as the Wrangler meaning one gas and one diesel engine. The turbodiesel is a 3.0-liter unit while the gas engine is a 3.6-liter V6. The latter engine option said to be available with an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. It is also said that the diesel has a payload rating of 1 ton or 1,000 kg.
Source: JeepGladiatorForum.com via Automobile Magazine