The Gremlin entered 1978, its final year, with the same external styling seen in 1977. However, the interior received a major update in the form of a dashboard which was shared with the Concord, a new model that replaced the Hornet for 1978. This dash had a more integrated and “civilized” appearance than did earlier versions, and the simulated wood trim on Custom models looked surprisingly real. The upswept, split side stripes were gone from the “X” package, replaced by an attractive decal running along the lower third of the entire length of the car.

Later in the year, a “GT” package was offered for the Gremlin. This package included fiberglass front spoiler and front/rear fender flares; body colored front and rear bumpers, “blacked-out” grille, mirrors, wiper arms, door and quarter window frames. Gremlin GTs were also treated to the “extra quiet” sound insulation package, DR70 X 14 steel-belted radial tires mounted on 5-spoke wheels with trim rings, and a front stabilizer bar. Less than 2000 Gremlin GTs were made, all of them equipped with the 258 six.

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1978 Production Totals

YEAR TOTAL 4 CYL 6 CYL 8 CYL 2 SEAT 4 SEAT
1978 22,104 6,349 15,755 0 0 22,104
New Options for 1978
  • New Dash
  • AM-40 channel CB Radio Option
  • Cruise Control
  • Fuel Economy Gauge
  • 258 cubic inch 6 cylinder 4 speed now standard
  • 4 cylinder Audi 2 liter engine option
  • GT model introduced mid-year