It has been known for some time that Jeep will introduce its own pick-up truck based on the latest Wrangler, so here is the Gladiator before you’re supposed to see it. These photos, which briefly appeared on Fiat Chrysler’s media site, were recently posted on JeepGladiatorForum.com along with some preliminary information.

In terms of appearance, the Gladiator is essentially a Wrangler (crew cab) with the boot removed and a five-foot steel bed takes its place instead. The rest of the vehicle retains many of the features that Wrangler fans adore, including the open-air capability, fold-down windshield, as well as a choice of soft and hardtops.

As this is still a Jeep product, off-road proficiency is a necessity, which is why the Gladiator will be offered with two four-wheel drive systems – Command-Trac and Rock-Trac. The pick-up will also come with third-gen Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electronic front- and rear-axle lockers, a Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, 33-inch off-road tyres and a segment-first electronic sway bar disconnect.

The company claims “unmatched crawl ratios” with the Gladiator, along with the ability to handle water fording up to 30 inches. On the practicality side of things, the pick-up offers a towing capacity of 3,470 kg, and payload capacity of 726 kg.

Engine options start with a Pentastar 3.6 litre V6 that is mated to an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. On the Wrangler, the petrol mill serves up 285 hp and 352 Nm of torque, with these figures likely being the same for the pick-up.

There’s also an EcoDiesel 3.0 litre V6 that will arrive later in 2020, which is again another powerplant that is offered with the current Wrangler, making 260 hp and 600 Nm. The oil burner comes with a sole transmission option in the form of an eight-speed unit.