Jeep has been known for its off-road capability, style and ruggedness since 1941. The brand’s lineup of SUVs has been a staple of the automotive industry since its inception, but Jeep has never made a pickup truck. Jeep fans have been calling for a pickup truck for years and it looks like the company may finally be ready to deliver.
The earliest rumors of a Jeep pickup truck came in 2018 when images of a Jeep Wrangler with a pickup bed were leaked online. The vehicle had all the signature styling cues that make Jeep vehicles so recognizable, but with an added cargo bed for extra utility. The rumors sparked excitement among Jeep fans and speculation about what this new model would bring to the table.
Since then, Jeep has introduced several concept pickups that have generated even more buzz. Most recently, the company unveiled its Gladiator concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Gladiator was designed to be an off-road-ready midsize pickup that is capable of tackling any terrain. It featured a 3.6L V6 engine, four-wheel drive and 33-inch tires.
Jeep officially announced in 2019 that it would be producing a production model based on the Gladiator concept vehicle. This model is expected to hit showrooms in 2020 and will likely feature some of the same specs as its concept predecessor along with improved interior styling and technology features.
So yes, it looks like Jeep is finally ready to deliver on its promise to bring a pickup truck to market. The production model based on their Gladiator concept is expected to hit showrooms in 2020 and should provide all the off-road capability one would expect from a Jeep vehicle with added cargo hauling capabilities.