The Jeep Gladiator made it’s official debut on Wednesday at the LA Auto Show, in what I thought was an impressive presentation!!!
I had previously posted the question, “Will it Sell? – Jeep Scrambler”, and I am already wrong on one point…the Jeep pick-up was not named the Scrambler!!!
While some are upset that Jeep did not bring back the Scrambler name, I suddenly think that the Gladiator name is a good fit!!! The Jeep Scrambler was not a huge sales success when it was new, and like many unique vehicles, has only gained in value and popularity since it has been out of production.
The Gladiator/J-10 was a purpose built pick-up, and it’s appropriate that the new Jeep pick-up bear the Gladiator name again!!!
And if you are not obsessed with naming your Jeep, you now have a new lettering scheme to discuss the Jeep Gladiator. The code for the Gladiator is JT, just like the CJ, YJ, TJ, JK, JL, so now we can discuss who has a JTR = Rubicon, JTS = Sahara or JTO = Overland???
Jeep gave the Gladiator a respectable payload and towing capacity, giving it a legitimate shot to compete in the mid-size truck segment.
There have been some detractors that believe there should be a two-door version of the Gladiator, however you can hardly find a full-size pick-up with only two doors still in production!!!
Speaking of doors…I have also read that Jeep should have given the Gladiator a larger rear door. I imagine that the doors are interchangeable between the JT and JL, keeping the body tooling somewhat universal.
To me it’s more of a visual perception against the longer body-side on the Gladiator, and you don’t have the fender right there to contend with, as you do with a JL. I do believe that Jeep made the rear door a little larger for the JL/JT, over the JK, so I do not believe the rear door shape will be a deal breaker.
I still question, “Will it Sell?” based on the MSRP pricing, considering the sticker pricing of the JL, however I understand that it is a product of the technology craze within the new vehicle market, however I still believe that an automatic transmission is too fancy technology!!!
I do like the Trail Cam feature for the Gladiator, considering the length of it! A Trail Cam would be a nice addition to a four-door JK!
After seeing the reveal, and reading feedback on the Gladiator, I like it even more, and look forward to purchasing one in a couple of years when I hand my JK down to my kids!!!