The genesis of a pickup truck based on the Wrangler, that toylike off-roader, is rather simple. According to Jeep’s research, when their drivers left for a different brand, rather than buying another seven-slot grilled 4×4, they’d generally get a pickup. And since Jeep hadn’t offered one in more than two decades, the Gladiator was born.
In the past, Jeep’s Franken-mashup pickup trucks like the CJ-8 Scrambler and the Comanche tended to exhibit compromises on the “pickup” end of things. And while the Gladiator looks the part of a Wrangler, it’s really built to haul. Fewer than half of its parts carry over from the Wrangler: A burlier high-strength steel frame, … Read the rest