Jeep’s new pickup truck has been anticipated for many years but it has only recently been confirmed to make its debut in 2017. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), it will be built in Toledo alongside the brand new Jeep Wrangler SUV on which it should be based. Although its future moniker still hasn’t been announced, some reports suggest that it will be named after the Gladiator concept vehicle that was first revealed back in 2005. As for its release date, the 2018 Jeep Gladiator is expected to go on sale in late 2017 following the next-generation Wrangler SUV.
2018 Gladiator Design
The Gladiator pickup will actually come as a long-wheelbase version of the new Wrangler with the addition of an open bed. It is also expected to share the same reengineered steel body and several aluminum components (e.g. door panels) with the upcoming Wrangler. As a result, the 2018 Jeep Gladiator should feature significant weight reductions and a competitive fuel economy. As for the exterior styling, it’s still unknown whether the SUV and pickup versions will resemble each other. In any case, expect the Wrangler-based pickup to offer the recognizable rugged appearance for which Jeep’s vehicles have been known for decades. More details concerning the exterior and interior design are expected to surface in the near future.
Unfortunately, we’re still pretty much in the dark when it comes to the Gladiator’s engine range. As for the aforementioned Gladiator concept, it was equipped with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel unit cranking out 163 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine was coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. Now, we do know that the 2018 Jeep Gladiator is most likely to adopt the great ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox matched to a gasoline-powered engine. Some sources suggest that a diesel unit should become available during 2018.
2018 Jeep Gladiator Competition
The 2018 Jeep Gladiator is definitely going to face a number of formidable rivals. Namely, the list of its competitors include the redesigned Ford Ranger, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and Hyundai’s new pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept. Jeep’s long-awaited pickup truck will certainly be warmly welcomed by many car enthusiasts. However, it remains to be seen whether it will have what it takes to stay relevant in this increasingly competitive segment.