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Jeep Scrambler may actually be called the Gladiator

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Jeep Scrambler may actually be called the Gladiator

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Last week I mentioned that the Jeep Scrambler will be showing at the LA Auto Show. That is only partially true. New leaks now say that the name for the Jeep pickup is much more likely to be Gladiator rather than Scrambler. While still unconfirmed, it is equally possible that the new Jeep could be named after a Russell Crowe character.

The original Scrambler idea came from the 80s CJ-8 Scrambler that Jeep sold. We all sort of took the name and ran with it. It now seems we may have been wrong. According to a post on the Jeep Scrambler Forum, a leaked image from what is said to have been the FCA media site before it was pulled refers to the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

The site also says it has ‘confirmed’ the three Jeep models and their designations, the Sport Pickup JTJL98, Overland Pickup JTJP98 and Rubicon Pickup JTJS98.

The LA Auto Show runs from November 26 2018 as the show begins in a couple of weeks, we don’t have long to wait to find out what it will actually be called.

Jeep Gladiator
I may be in a minority here but I’m not a fan of Gladiator as a car designation. It is a very pretentious name, especially for what will be a pickup truck. I much prefer Scrambler. To me if fits the character of a Wrangler-type vehicle much better. Scrambling over rockfalls and over rough surfaces is much more in keeping than standing in an arena fighting lions!

However, if this pickup is indeed going to be called the Jeep Gladiator then so be it. The vehicle should still be a very capable pickup truck ideal for ranchers, farmers and for those who want to cover the rough stuff while carrying cargo.

There was a Jeep Gladiator before, back in 2005 apparently. I had forgotten all about it but another journalist reminded me of it. It was just a concept but it was a Jeep Wrangler with a pickup rear and they had called it Gladiator. Maybe that’s where this name comes from.

Either way, the Jeep Gladiator or Jeep Scrambler will be making its debut along with lots of other new vehicles at the LA Auto Show this year. With just two weeks to go until doors open, we will know one way or the other what this new pickup will be called.

Until then, Car Nation Canada has a whole range of Jeep Wrangler models for sale at very competitive prices. Check them out at Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON  L7N 3V8.

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