Jeep Gladiator spy photo

Spied: Jeep Gladiator with a raised hood – what the hell is this thing?

In my normal internet travels of trying to keep up with all things Jeep, I stumbled upon something…interesting.

The Jeep Gladiator was all-new for this model year. A full-length pickup owing most of its life to the Wrangler Unlimited, it’s exactly what you’d expect a Jeep pickup to be. True four-wheel-drive, a removable roof, and a bed just long enough to do a fair amount of hauling. The sole engine available today is a 3.6L V6 paired to an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. We know an EcoDiesel-equipped Gladiator is on the horizon, but what else is on the way?

A member of the Jeep Gladiator Forum posted photos of this camo-wearing truck recently and it’s raising some questions. The body is all the same as the Gladiator we know but the hood is either wholly different or seriously raised. Forum members are speculating what this Gladiator’s powertrain could be. Suggestions are a Hellcat engine, a plug-in hybrid test mule, or the rumored Hercules powerplant – a forced-induction version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar. Or maybe it’s simply an EcoDiesel test truck out on the road trying to get the kinks worked out before production begins.

Whatever it is, I’m looking forward to further engine options being available in the Gladiator. Any other, new engine will undoubtedly make an already expensive truck even more expensive, but better has the opportunity to make it even better in the process. More engine options are always better and it’s an exciting time to be a Jeep fan.

[Editor’s comment – interesting mirror setup on the vehicle of the picture taker. -KK]

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10 responses to “Spied: Jeep Gladiator with a raised hood – what the hell is this thing?”

  1. Maymar Avatar

    Aren’t there rumours that FCA is bringing out a straight-six for Ram and Jeep?

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      Don’t even say that unless you know it’s true. An inline six would almost guarantee my next vehicle would be a Jeep.

      1. Vairship Avatar

        Clearly they should make it a slant-six that way they don’t need the hood bubble.

        Unless that’s just really bad paint!

      2. Maymar Avatar

        As per Autoblog last week, patents have been filed. For FCA to have a new straight six and *not* put it in a Jeep would be an abomination.

  2. Smaglik Avatar

    Hopefully it’s something to improve the terrible proportions of the vehicle. I’m not a jeep fanboi; I currently prefer my unreliability with saurkraut (sp). But, I can get behind anything that is off road and manual. But, I’ve seen several of these on the freeway, and from behind, the proportions are all off…like a J-Lo rear end on Taylor Swift. Just looks unnatural.

  3. danleym Avatar

    I heard FCA is merging with Volkswagen and they’re gonna drop a Lamborghini V12 under the hood.

    Don’t know if it’s true, just what I heard…

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Space for a Hellcat supercharger?

      Or just air getting under camoflauge

    2. Tiller188 Avatar

      Came here to post a less-clever version of that; glad I’m not the only one who apparently immediately thought of this.

  4. 0A5599 Avatar

    You call that a raised hood?

  5. crank_case Avatar

    It’s a Glad-he-ate-her after a meal

    *gets coat*