We waited a long time to say that: A pickup truck finally returns to the Jeep stable after being away for more than 25 years. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator made its debut on Wednesday at the LA Auto Show 2018, surprising with class-leading towing and 4×4 payloads for its Jeep-worthy off-road capabilities, Wrangler-inspired looks, and healthy technical features.
Compared to the Wrangler Unlimited, the new Gladiator's frame is stretched 31 inches with a 19.4-inch longer wheelbase. The suspension consists of a wishbone and four trailing links, which are shared at the front with the Wrangler, while the rear stands on a five-link hitch, which is designed exclusively for the Jeep pickup, to improve the ride comfort on the road.
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At launch, the Gladiator is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that generates 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It is equipped as standard with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive in all equipment variants. An eight-speed automatic is optional. Jeep claims it offers class-leading towing capacity of up to 7,650 pounds and 4
Those interested in a little more grunts might want to keep a 3.0-liter turbocharger up to the 2020 calendar year. The diesel should start with 260 horses and a hefty twist with 442 pounds. In contrast to the gas engine, the diesel is offered only with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As a Jeep, the Gladiator offers all the hardware needed for off-road expeditions, including a 4×4 system, Dana 44-axis, electric front and rear fan trays, anti-slip and anti-slip plates. Rubicon models with 4.10 axles provide for better deflection, improved articulation and travel, Fox dampers, electronic pendulum rods, steel rear bumpers, and protective cab and bed frames, as well as 33-inch tires. The Rubicon can run without lift up to 35-inch rubber, be equipped with a forward camera that shows everything less than two feet in front of the truck, and be equipped with a front, windproof steel bumper.
The gladiator has a 43.6 degree approach angle, a 20.3 degree bridging angle, a 26 degree take-off angle, and a 11.1-inch ground clearance, and is capable of carrying up to 30 inches of water.
The inspiration for the Wrangler design with its round headlights, seven-way grille and square taillights is clear in design. The Wrangler open-air features make the jump to the gladiator with the removable aluminum doors, soft or available hardtops and folding windshields possible.
Out back is a five meter long steel bed with integrated lashing straps, undercarriage lighting, which is available with an injectable bedding, a 115 volt three pin plug and a tonneau cover. The sides of the bed box have been deliberately left low to facilitate loading and unloading of items. The muffled, three-position tailgate in the mid-position adjusts to the top of the rear wheel box and allows the gladiator to carry 20 panels of 4×8 plywood or dry masonry.
The traditionally inspired layout is horizontally aligned with a trapezoidal-shaped tail, plenty of storage space, rubberized touch points and real metal-coated trim. For a more first-class feel, Overland models receive accented, wrapped instrument panels.
The rear seating area is a mirror of Wrangler Unlimited for legroom in the segment, with the seats collapsing to provide a flat cargo area and a secure area behind the seatbacks. Unfolding the rear seat cushions exposes an open storage compartment with special compartments to hold the bolts securely when the doors or top are removed and the windscreen is collapsed. Optionally, a lockable storage compartment with removable partitions is available.
Spearheading Infotainment is the fourth-generation Uconnect system with a 5-, 7- or 8.4-inch touchscreen, depending on the level of equipment. Both the Apple CarPlay and Android car systems come standard with the 8.4 "display.
For safety reasons, the Gladiator features adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic warning and a dynamic camera grid security camera.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck will be available in the second quarter of 2019 and will be available in the Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon trim levels.