Jeep Gladiator pickup pairs Wrangler style with go-anywhere 4×4

Nichole VegaDec 02, 2018

Moreover, aluminum was generously used in areas such as the doors, door hinges, hood, fender flares and windshield frame keep weight under control but also boost fuel economy, according to Jeep.

Gladiator prices have not been set, but a Wrangler Unlimited Sport starts at around $32,000, so it will likely be a bit higher than that. It finishes with cupholders and the transmission shifter falling easily to the driver's hand.

Against this background, it's amusing looking two available multimedia complex with a 7 - or 8.4-inch screen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a set of electronic assistants driver. An 8.4-inch touchscreen is available at the top end. The Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models will offer LED headlamps and fog lamps, too, while Gladiator trims with LEDs will have halo-like daytime running lights.

A Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential will be optional on the Sport and Overland models. The backseat of the crew cab has firm, functional seating with seatbacks that flip down to fold flat. There's the new rear seats which can be folded upwards to reveal a hidden storage bin that can hold several items.

Two engines are offered, or will be, for the Gladiator, starting with a 3.6L Pentastar V6 working with either a 6-speed manual (no surprise there) or 8-speed automatic transmission; output is 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. All EcoDiesels will get the eight-speed. It gets a Command-Trac 4x4 System, a two-speed transfer case with a low-range transfer box, and heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio.

The Gladiator features an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees, 11.1 inches of ground clearance and is capable of fording up to 30 inches of water. Rubicons also throw in locking differentials, wider axles, an automatic sway bar disconnect system, and 33-inch all-terrain tires. The suspension for the Gladiator is also familiar, with a coil/link and a Panhard rod setup for both front and rear live axles. Rubicon is the top trim level here, as it is on the Wrangler. "There is tremendous demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep customers and pickup truck buyers everywhere".

For starters, the Gladiator features a new frame not shared with Wrangler that's a whopping 31 inches longer than the one under the Wrangler Unlimited. The pickup's tailgate will come with a halfway-down option as well. The 2020 Gladiator Rubicon, meanwhile, has a Rock-Trac 4×4 system. The original Gladiator resembled the Jeep Wagoneer, one of the most influential vehicles to debut in the past half century. This translates to a payload capacity ranging from a maximum of 1,600 pounds (for the Sport 3.6-liter V-6 with the six-speed manual and 3.73:1 gears) to 1,105 pounds (for the Sport 3.6-liter V-6 with the eight-speed automatic and 3.73:1 gears or the Rubicon 3.6-liter V-6 with the eight-speed auto and 4.10:1 gears). While the face of the Gladiator and Wrangler are similar, each grille opening is slightly larger for additional cooling to allow the ute to tow up to 3500kg.

Jeep truck fans waited for months to find out the name of the new truck: Gladiator.

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