The Jeep Gladiator was the last pickup truck to be produced by Jeep. It was in production from 1962 to 1988 and was one of the most iconic models in Jeep’s lineup.
The Gladiator was designed to be a rugged, off-road capable vehicle that could handle any terrain thrown at it. It featured a longer wheelbase than the traditional Jeep Wrangler, making it more suitable for carrying larger loads and towing heavier loads. The Gladiator featured a variety of engines, including a 5.0L V8 and a 4.2L inline-six, both of which were paired with either an automatic or manual transmission.
The Gladiator was offered in two body styles: a two-door short wheelbase model and a four-door long wheelbase model. The short wheelbase model was designed for off-roading, while the long wheelbase model was suited more for carrying larger loads and towing heavier items.
The Gladiator also offered a variety of trim levels, from the basic Sport trim level up to the luxurious Laredo trim level.
The Gladiator’s exterior styling has remained largely unchanged since its debut in 1962; however, some minor changes were made over the years as technologies advanced and new features became available. For example, the fourth generation Gladiator (1984-1988) featured upgraded interior materials and an improved suspension system for increased off-road capability.
The Jeep Gladiator was the last pickup truck produced by Jeep before being discontinued in 1988 after 26 years in production. Despite being out of production for over 30 years now, the Gladiator remains one of the most recognizable pickup trucks around due to its iconic design, robust construction, and reliable performance on all types of terrain.