Name of upcoming pickup surfaces on FCA media site before being taken down ahead of LA reveal.
Jeep's upcoming ute based on the Wrangler off-roader looks set to be called the 'Gladiator', after an enthusiast's forum noticed the name listed on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) media site.
Posted on JeepScramblerForum, a user noticed a page for the '2020 Jeep Gladiator' and posted a screenshot to the forum. However, the page is no longer live.
Originally, it was believed the new pickup would be named 'Scrambler', a name used on the long-wheelbase CJ-8 utility in the 1980s.
It's not like 'Gladiator' doesn't have significance in the brand's history, though. The original Jeep Gladiator of the 1960s was produced for some 26 years (though was renamed the Jeep Truck in 1971).
The 2020 Gladiator is likely to draw inspiration from the 2005 concept while utilising the all-new 'JL' Wrangler as its base.
It's believed the new ute will make its production debut at the Los Angeles motor show on November 28, and offer the new Wrangler's suite of new-age features like active safety tech, driver assist systems, and the latest Uconnect infotainment.
Power will likely come from the same range of petrol and diesel engines as the new-gen Wrangler, including a 147kW/450Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, and a 212kW/353Nm 3.6-litre V6. A 201kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol will be offered overseas, though won't form part of the Australian 2019 Wrangler range.
Selectable four-wheel drive with low-range and lockable differentials are almost certain to be offered too, with a new eight-speed automatic transmission sending drive to the ground.
We'll find out more when the Jeep Gladiator is revealed in LA later this month. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.
Pictured: 2005 Jeep Gladiator concept