Take one look at the Jeep Gladiator and you could be fooled into thinking this is just a Jeep Wrangler with a ute back.

And in some ways, it is. But it’s also a lot more than that.

The Jeep Gladiator may well be built on a chassis that is made for doing crazy off-road driving, and it certainly has a look that lives up to its oh-so-American name - including doors and roof panels that you can remove. This is the first convertible dual cab ute, after all.

More than just the name and concept-car-becomes-reality-car looks, the Jeep Gladiator is all about lifestyle and entertainment. It’s the first Jeep pick-up truck since the Cherokee-based Comanche back in 1992, and that model was never sold in Australia.

But the Gladiator will be offered locally around the middle of 2020 - likely taking so long to touch down because the diesel engine version isn’t being built yet. 

Hardcore Jeep fans have been waiting a long time for this vehicle, others may say it’s uncalled for, unnecessary, or even unbelievable. But the question is: are you not entertained?

Let’s just make sure we don’t call this vehicle a Wrangler ute, because while it borrows heavily from that model, there’s quite a bit more to it than that. Let me tell you how.