The Jeep Gladiator, Leaked

Well ladies and gentlemen, the long-awaited imagery of the Jeep JL truck is here, and it’s bearing the name of Brute Double Cab, I mean Gladiator.  Although these weren’t officially released by FCA, leaked press photos of the new truck were found and subsequently posted by Gladiator Forums earlier today. Here’s what we know so far.

First of all, the truck looks just about identical to what we all hoped it would be. A simple, rugged, boxy JL truck packed with off-road goodness. Photos show both a soft top and a hard top, as well as a Rubicon and what appears to be a Sahara trim.

Another screenshot posted later on the forums, which we’ve included below, indicates that the truck will have a 3.6L V6 as standard, with the optional 3.0 liter EcoDiesel we all hoped for and, to be honest, sort of expected. We’re also seeing a towing capacity of 7,650 pounds, a 1,600-pound payload, and up to 30 inches of water-fording capability. All of the usual Jeep goodies like Dana 44 axles, a fold-down windshield, door, top, and windshield options, as well as electronic lockers, sway bar disconnects, and 33-inch tires will be available.

Transmissions will come in two flavors, either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Interestingly, it notes “crew-cab configuration” specifically, so it’s possible that alternative formats may come later. We could certainly get behind that.

Although no official response has been posted by Jeep or FCA so far, we hope that one will come out soon. We will update you as more information becomes available!

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.