Jeep Gladiator History

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The Jeep Gladiator has been generating a lot of buzz ever since fans got a first glance of the concept model. Although Jeep is traditionally known for its rugged SUVs and off-road performance, there have been several pickups that have been a part of Jeep history. Learn about the history of the Jeep Gladiator as well as the other trucks that Jeep has produced throughout the years.

The Jeep Gladiator Makes its Debut

The Jeep Gladiator/J Series was in production from 1963-1987. The truck was initially designated as the “Gladiator,” but the name changed to J Series in the 1970s. In 1964, Jeep released a 133-hp, low-compression “economy” version of the original 230-cubic-inch inline-six.

The Jeep Gladiator concept first made its debut back in 2005 at the Detroit Auto Show. This concept Jeep truck featured an open-air canvas top, a 2.8L four-cylinder diesel engine, and an expandable truck bed. Jeep fans have been anxiously awaiting the release of a production model Jeep Gladiator, and now their wish has finally been granted with the debut of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

Highlights of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator include:

2020 Jeep Gladiator in Field

Jeep Truck History

The Jeep Gladiator is not the only truck that has been a part of the Jeep lineup. Let’s take a closer look at this often overlooked part of Jeep history.

  • Willys-Overland Jeep 4×4 Truck (1947–1965) – This 1-ton pickup was first powered by a 63-hp four-cylinder engine.
  • Jeep FC (Forward Control) Series (1957-1966) – This truck gave drivers the option of two different wheelbases and engines.
  • Jeep Jeepster Commando/Commando (1967-1973) – This vehicle originally made its debut in the 1940s, but was cut from the lineup in 1951. It returned to the market again in 1967 with an updated front end.
  • Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler (1981-1985) – This Jeep pickup features a five-foot truck bed as well as hardtop and soft top variants.
  • Jeep Comanche (1986-1992) – This regular cab pickup was based on the Cherokee SUV and had three different engine options at its launch.

Learn More About Jeep Trucks with Auffenberg CDJR

Contact us at Auffenberg CDJR if you would like to know more about the history of the Jeep Gladiator or any other model that has been part of Jeep’s storied history, including the Wrangler and its many additional accessories. We would be glad to tell you all about the iconic Jeep lineup and show you what the Gladiator’s engines have to offer.

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