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Jeep Scrambler - Jeep Gladiator pickup truck

Jeep Scrambler

Jeep Scrambler: The Original Open-Air Pickup (1981-1986)

The Jeep Scrambler, officially known as the CJ-8, debuted in 1981. It was born out of a market desire for a pickup truck variation within the iconic Jeep CJ (Civilian Jeep) family. The Scrambler sought to bridge the gap between the rugged off-road prowess of the CJ-7 and the practical utility of a pickup truck.

The Scrambler achieved a cult-like following over the years. Those who understood its fun-loving personality and off-road prowess became fiercely loyal to the model. Today, well-preserved Jeep Scramblers have become highly desirable and collectible.

The Gladiator Name: A Brief First Appearance

It's interesting to note that "Gladiator" was first used on a Jeep truck in 1962. It evolved from the Willys-Overland truck design, morphing into the Jeep J-series Gladiator and pickup trucks. These trucks, however, had a vastly different design philosophy from the later CJ-8 based Scrambler or the even more modern Wrangler-based Gladiator.

The Long Wait for a Jeep Pickup Revival

After the Jeep Scrambler's discontinuation following the 1986 model year, fans of the Jeep pickup concept had a long wait. Chrysler, the then-owner of the Jeep brand following the acquisition of AMC, introduced the Jeep Comanche pickup in 1985. While successful, it was based on the Cherokee XJ unibody platform, making it structurally different from the rough-and-tumble CJ/Wrangler lineage.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Jeep concept vehicles occasionally teased the possibility of a Wrangler-inspired pickup, keeping the dream alive. Finally, the waiting game ended in 2018 with the official unveiling of the all-new Jeep Gladiator.

The Modern Gladiator (2020-Present): Wrangler Spirit, Pickup Versatility

The arrival of the contemporary Jeep Gladiator was met with enormous enthusiasm from the Jeep faithful. It finally answered the decades-old wish for a true inheritor of the Scrambler's spirit, built upon the incredibly successful modern Jeep Wrangler platform.

Recent Updates

Jeep regularly updates the Gladiator. Here's what's been freshened recently:

Trim Levels:

The Gladiator offers an array of trim levels to suit different needs and budgets:

Off-Road Prowess

Choose the right Gladiator, and it'll conquer any terrain: