Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler

Retro done right, with Jeep's Gladiator JT Scrambler

By Lance Branquinho - June 12, 2019
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler
Jeep Pays Homage to CJ8 with Stunning Gladiator Scrambler

Channeling that classic CJ8 aesthetic

The Gladiator pick-up truck is one of Jeep's most exciting products in years to the general public. But what if you could build one that channels some of the brand's pick-up truck heritage? That is exactly what is on show here, with this Gladiator Scrambler, detailed with orange and red stripes much like the original CJ8 Scrambler. 

A really long travel pick-up truck

Rest assured that the Gladiator JT Scrambler isn't merely a retro styling concept. There are very real mechanical upgrades too, which improve off-road ability. A two-inch lift kit helps prevent snagging off-road and also creates the required clearance for those 37-inch tires, mounted on bronze color 17-inch wheels. Traction and articulation are not an issue with this Jeep.  

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Nothing says 1980s like a brown roof

To remain true to its CJ8 heritage concept, Jeep's designer wanted to add a distinctive 1980s color theme. And nowhere is this better illustrated than the Gladiator JT Scrambler's roof, which is finished in classic 1980s brown vinyl. Protecting the doors are rock sliders, which feature a high-grip finish, to ensure you don't slip when entering or exiting this Jeep pick-up truck, on a wet day.  

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Hazelnut is the JT Scrambler's cabin color

The Gladiator JT Scrambler's cabin is dominated by Katzkin amaretto brown leather finishes. Again, a styling detail which harks back to Jeeps of the 1980s. Other upgrades to the Gladiator JT Scrambler's interior include a set of Mopar pedals and an auxiliary switch panel, to control the surplus of additional LED lights.  

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Custom roll hoop in the back

The Gladiator JT Scrambler's rear features an integrated roll-hoop structure, which is anchored onto the pickup's chassis. Unlike many other roll-hoops, the Gladiator JT Scrambler's set-up runs the entire length of the edge of the pickup, on either side. Attached to the roll-hoop, are a series of LED light clusters, includes two which are reversed, to shine back into the bed, illuminating the cargo area when required.  

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Retro done right

Jeep's color department has been genius in their ability to find the correct hues for this heritage Gladiator JT Scrambler project. The correct blend of white was crucial to enable those Nacho-inspired (accord to Jeep) side stripe colors. The bronze wheels finish it off perfectly. In a world where retro is rarely done right, Jeep has hit a home run with this Gladiator JT Scrambler. 

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Plenty of V6 ponies

Hauling the Gladiator JT Scrambler along is Jeep's proven Pentastar V6. Naturally-aspirated and displacing 3.6-liters, it runs a 285hp and 260 lb-ft state of tune here. To help keep things cool when the engine is running hard in extreme temperatures, Jeep's installed a Mopar cold air intake and balanced that with a back-cat exhaust system.  

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The inspiration

And this is what served as inspiration for the Gladiator JT Scrambler concept. Back in 1982, Jeep built the CJ8 Scrambler and what a fantastic thing it was, with wood paneling in the load bin and brilliantly on-point 1980s color awareness.  

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