First introduced in 1962, the Gladiator was a full-size pickup truck based on the Jeep Wagoneer platform. Throughout its lifetime, the Gladiator had several redesigns and trim upgrades. It remained in production for 26 years on a single automobile platform generation. Jeep later dropped the name in 1971 and just called it Jeep pickup or J-series. After Chrysler purchased AMC in 1987, the Jeep’s pickup line was discontinued as it was in direct competition with the Dodge’s pickup truck lineup.
After nearly a 30-year hiatus, Jeep revived the Gladiator nameplate and introduced it at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018. Gladiator models will now come with 4WD standard, unlike the previous one which was only offered in RWD or 4WD. It is available in three trim levels; Sport, Overland, and Rubicon. The standard engine available on Gladiator is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine giving it 285 HP and 255 TRQ with two transmissions; a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. Jeep has already announced that a diesel option would be available with 260 HP and 440 TRQ. One noteworthy fact about the Gladiator that it is also a convertible as Jeep provides the tools necessary to take off body parts like the doors, hardtop, and other panels.
Its biggest competitors are other mid-size trucks like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado.