This just in: Jeep pickup truck apparently will be named Jeep Gladiator

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For months we — we, meaning the automotive world in general — have been operating under the assumption that the Jeep pickup truck would be named Scrambler. For those of us who always thought that sounded like a breakfast at Denny’s, vindication: According to Jeep Scrambler Forum — yes, they were so sure, they named themselves that — the truck will carry a different name: Jeep Gladiator.

Gladiator, we salute you.

Jeep Scrambler Forum says it’ll roll with the changes: “Stay tuned as we’ll be making the switch to JeepGladiatorForum.com in the coming days (smiley face, thumbs up).”

The discovery came when a forum “longtime trusted source” found a web page with the new name that went up momentarily on FCA’s media site. No sense looking for it, it’s not there now. But here’s the screen grab:

Jeep Gladiator pickup

Gladiator is not new. It was the name, way back in 2005, for the Jeep pickup concept:

Could this still be a mistake, and Scrambler will stick? It seems more likely that this is it.

One thing’s for sure: We’re so close to finding out, we can almost taste it. The truck has been testing everywhere, from the Rubicon Trail to the streets of Detroit and Auburn Hills, where it’s pretty easy to see a camouflaged example on most any morning commute. The wait is almost over: The wraps will come off later this month at the L.A. Auto Show.

So what do you think of Gladiator? Let the movie quotes fly …

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