The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the Wrangler Pickup that you’ve been waiting for. This new midsize truck combines the off-road prowess of the Wrangler with the heritage of Jeep and the benefits of a pickup truck.
A five-foot steel bed sits behind the crew cab, that is essentially a Wrangler Unlimited front end. The Gladiator is capable of 1,600 pound payload and can tow up to 7,650 pounds.
You get the essential Jeep off-road capabilities including 4×4 standard on all Gladiator models, and all are trail rated.
The Gladiator is capable of up to 30-inches of water fording. Jeep includes Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems with third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential and a segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect.
With a suspension tuned for on-road handling and off-road performance, you get the best of both worlds. This is something that stood out in the newest Wrangler and we expect similar performance when we get to drive the Gladiator. The Gladiator sits on 33-inch off-road tires, and a spare is stored under the frame under the bed. Adding to the off-road capabilities is a new front-facing trail camera that you can use to see the obstacles ahead of you.
While the Jeep Gladiator isn’t a Wrangler by name, it features an iconic Jeep grille and looks much like the Wrangler Unlimited aside from the bed. The Gladiator retains a fold down windshield, features removable tops and removable doors to deliver the open-air Jeep experience that buyers have been searching for in a pickup.
Under the hood is a 3.6L Pentastar V6 with an eight speed automatic or a six speed manual. A 3.0L EcoDeisel V6 with ESS and an eight speed automatic will arrive in 2020.
In the tech department you get Uconnect 4th gen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on a 7-inch or 8.4-inch screen. There is an option a Bluetooth speaker integrated into the truck that you can then carry with you.
Jeep includes over 80 advanced safety features, including Blind Spot Monitoring and adaptive cruise control to name a few.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is available in Gladiator Sport, Overland and Rubicon trim levels. All are trail rated with features such as;
- Command-Trac 4×4 system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio standard on Sport and Overland models
- Rock-Trac 4×4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials standard on Rubicon models
- Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks
- Standard on Rubicon rear steel heavy-duty off-road rear bumper and available front steel winch-ready bumper with removable end caps
- Approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees and ground clearance of 11.1 inches
- Aggressive available 17-inch off-road wheels; Rubicon models get 33-inch tires standard
- Up to 30 inches of water fording
- Up to 7,650-lb. towing and 1,600-lb. 4×4 payload capacity
The 2020 Gladiator is built in Toledo Ohio with production expected to start in the first half of 2019.
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