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It’s almost official. Most automotive insiders in the know now concur that Jeep’s new Wrangler-based pick-up truck will be called the Jeep Gladiator. For several months it was believed the Scrambler was the name Jeep would call the new pick-up. Recently, however, an automotive grapevine ‘long-time trusted source’ revealed a screenshot they saw of the company’s website had the new pick-up being called the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Apparently, Fiat-Chrysler’s media site had the name up long enough for the insider to view it on both their computer browser and their iPhone. The listing was reportedly taken down soon afterwards.

A Logical Choice

Jeep had used the Gladiator name on one of its vehicles during the 1960s. So, the revelation the company was calling the new Wrangler-based pick-up the ‘Gladiator’ was embraced as a great choice by long-time Jeep enthusiasts. They also point to the dramatic 2005 Wrangler concept pick-up that was called the Jeep Gladiator. Another reason many knowledgeable people believe Gladiator and not Scramble will be the name Jeep chooses for its new pick-up, is the Ducati brand, which is owned by Audi, has a sub-brand of off-road, retro-styled bikes that has been using the Scrambler name for years.

What To Expect

Insiders say the new Jeep Wrangler-based pick-up truck will be available in three trim level in the United States. They are the Sport, Overland and the Rubicon. Currently, the Overland trim isn’t offered on vehicles in the Wrangler range. Many expected it would be reserved for use on an off-road camping version. In terms of what features to expect on Jeep’s highly-anticipated and hotly debated new pick-up, insiders say an FCA dealer presentation teaser revealed a photograph of the pickup covered in camouflage said it has “next-generation advanced safety systems”, “15 class-exclusive innovations”, along with the latest infotainment systems featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you want to check out any number of Jeep models that are currently available, you are sure to be impressed, and you can do so at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Searching For Clues

Jeep enthusiasts have been searching for clues about the look, features and name of the long-awaited pick-up truck. People regularly visit forum pages, scourer FCA media sites, do searches, follow links, take long hard looks at spy photos and tap all their connections for inside information. They picked up internal chatter about the switch from ‘Scrambler’ to ‘Gladiator’, saw pickup truck codes like Rubicon Pickup JTJS98, Sport Pickup JTJL98 and Overland Pickup JTJP98, go over old press releases and try to make informed deductions about what the Jeep pick-up will look like and be able to do.

The Big Reveal

Most insiders agree all the signs point to the new Jeep pick-up being called the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Still, the excitement is building and countless people around the world are waiting with baited breath to see touch, test drive and buy this innovative new automotive offering from Jeep. The wait will be over soon. All the speculation ends at the LA Auto Show on November 26, 2018. Press releases for the event promise a new Jeep pick-up truck will be revealed. Jeep lovers can hardly wait.


The Jeep Wrangler has done it again. This iconic Jeep vehicle has won ‘4×4 of the Year’ for the ninth consecutive year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. The Jeep Wrangler is the only vehicle ever to win the ‘4×4/SUV of the Year’ award since the Specialty Equipment Market Association awards was launched in 2010.
The 2018 winners were announced on Monday, October 29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the special SEMA Vehicle Reveal event. The Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA-North America Steve Beahm was on hand to celebrate the proud moment when the Jeep Wrangler won once again.

Most Accessory-Friendly Vehicle

The SEMA Show exhibitors voted to give the Jeep Wrangler the customization crown as they acknowledged that no other vehicle in its class was as accessory-friendly as the Wrangler. Beahm pointed out that the award recognizes that in the customization world, Jeep Wrangler continues to be the leader. Late last year Mopar introduced over 200 performance parts and accessories for Jeep automobiles. Mopar’s head of Parts & Service noted that the Jeep Wrangler is the portfolio’s star as far as personalization is concerned and the vehicle keeps getting hotter every year. It’s a fact that has made the Jeep Wrangler popular with automobile enthusiasts for years.

Shining A Light

The definitive Original Equipment Manufacturer award at the SEMA Show, the SEMA Awards honors the vehicles that look the hottest while launching and showcasing aftermarket parts. It’s their way of shining a light and letting consumers see what is possible with creative and innovative use of aftermarket parts. Chris Kersting, SEMA’s President and CEO, said the Jeep Wrangler is once again chosen as the aftermarket community’s favorite. He explained that whether accessorizing for every day driving or off-roading, Jeep owners have outstanding aftermarket options available to them.

Four Jeeps On Display

The Mopar brand has a display area at the SEMA Show that’s 15,345-square-feet. The space will feature four Jeep vehicles transformed using Mopar performance parts and accessories made specifically for Jeep automobiles. The display also features a Mopar-modified trail-themed Ram 1500 Rebel as well as a Ram 1500 Big Horn ‘Low Down’ street-styled pickup. Customized versions of other SEMA Award finalists and winners will be on display at the 2018 SEMA Show, which runs from October 30 until November 2. However, if you want to take a Jeep Wrangler, or any Jeep, for a spin, you can at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. You can check out the popular 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Other Top Finishers From FCA

A few other FCA vehicles also received recognition at the SEMA Show. For the second year in a row the Ram 1500 was a top three finisher for the SEMA ‘Truck of the Year’ award and in the ‘Car of the Year’ category, the Dodge Challenger finished among the top three. The Mopar exhibit at the SEMA Show will also feature the world championship winning Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak that had been driven by NHRA racer Leah Pritchett when she won the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown as well as the street-legal, drag-oriented Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 with its 392 HEMI® V-8 engine.