Will The Jeep Truck Be Called ‘2020 Jeep Gladiator’? Jeep Scrambler Forum Says Yes!

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Rendering Photo: via Joshua B. Bakewell

What will the upcoming Jeep Truck be named? Will it be simply “Jeep Truck”, or Scrambler, ¬†or Gladiator? The JeepScramblerForum.com has just published a report that shows an FCA media page screenshot that shows “2020 Jeep Gladiator”. That FCA media page has since been removed.

While this could be a red-herring, an attempt at misdirection from FCA/Jeep, our friends at the JeepScramblerForum seem pretty keen on what might be news. Plus, history has something to do with this name as well.

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Jeep Wrangler pickup truck prototype [Photo: Real Fast Photography]
Let me explain: American Motors (AMC) introduced the Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler in 1981. It wasn’t exactly a pickup truck. Sure, it was much longer than a CJ5 and it had a cargo bed, but it was never blessed with and/or designated with a “pickup truck” badge. While the Jeep Scrambler became very popular with Jeep modifiers looking for a longer wheelbase vehicle to wrench on, it was never looked at for a rebirth from the Jeep he’d honchos. Also, consider that Jeep Scrambler didn’t last very long either; production ended in 1986 with less than 50,000 sold.

On the other hand, the Jeep Gladiator (which was introduced in 1962 for the 1963 model year) was a dedicated pickup truck. It had a variety of models that were used in the military and it had a production life that went from the early 1960s to 1988. Sure, the name changed, but most Jeep-folk still know all the models as “Gladiators.”

What do you think? Is the Jeep Gladiator name ready for a comeback? I think so. Hell, I think the name is kinda’ badass!

Which name do you like better?

Lets hope they bring back other Jeepish names like Commando, Commander, Vigilante, Hurricane and Cherokee!