WRANGLER PICKUP: Jeep have confirmed the arrival date for the new Wrangler pickup. It seems they will name it the Jeep Gladiator and there's not much to dislike about it.
Jeep say the new Wrangler pickup, based on the original 2005 concept model, will hit the production lines sometime in 2017.
But, we still await confirmation of the badge name. Jeep Gladiator is the most likely name for the new Wrangler pickup truck.
Jeep Gladiator was a full-size pickup truck in production from 1962 to 1988. Back then, it sat on a large SJ (Jeep Wagoneer) platform.
It also saw service in the U.S. Armed Forces and in civilian usage. There have been many Jeep pickup versions manufactured in other markets. But it is the iconic design and versatility that makes it unique.
Few truck and pickup experts will deny that Jeep off-road vehicles are a universal brand. The vertical grille design and winch are synonymous with the Jeep badge.
The spare wheel positioning on the bed behind the driver is vertical, as you would expect from Jeep.
It now appears they will move forward and launch their full potential with this new Jeep Wrangler pickup model.
The modification options to Jeep 4x4 vehicles seem limitless. Most off-road spare parts suppliers can change bumpers, body armor, and lift kits.
There is little to dislike but it is the versatility off the Jeep Gladiator that stands out the most.
It sits on a modular bed which is capable of changing its position depending on what you need it to retrieve.
You can completely remove the two seats in the rear compartment. That provides you with an extra two feet of space. There will be an all-wheel-drive system for off-road use and an 8-speed auto version.
Aficionados will soon notice the interior is a copy of the Jeep Wrangler. Thus, the rear seats are more suitable for short trips with little focus on comfort.
What is under the hood of the Jeep Gladiator 2017 release model? It will be the 3.6 Liter V/6. That is the same unit fitted in the Wrangler. But, there are rumours that Jeep will add a 2.8 Liter turbo diesel, but nothing is yet finalised.
Jeep turbo diesel engines have been standard equipment for those sold in UK markets. When the new Jeep Gladiator pickup becomes a reality we expect the starting price to range from £24,000 to £40,000.