2020 Jeep Gladiator debuts: The off-roader’s pickup truck

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With the 2018 LA Auto Present debut Wednesday of the 2020 Gladiator, Jeep is again within the pickup truck sport. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator pairs the Wrangler’s swagger to a extra utilitarian type simply because the mid-size pickup wars warmth up. 

Do not search for the 2020 Gladiator to be a back-to-basics pickup. Its Sport, Overland, and Rubicon trim ranges construct on three levels of functionality. From the rear seat ahead, the Jeep Gladiator is basically similar to the four-door Wrangler. As an alternative of grafting a mattress onto the Wrangler’s physique, nonetheless, Jeep stretched the Wrangler’s wheelbase by 19.Four inches and added one other foot behind the rear axle, bringing its total size to about 218 inches. That does not assist with its breakover and departure angles, however the five-foot metal mattress presents open-air utility and might be augmented with an optionally available bedliner, 115-volt energy outlet, mattress divider, and tonneau cowl.

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The Gladiator’s spare tire sits underneath the mattress somewhat than attaching to the tailgate. Jeep left sufficient room between the ladder body’s rails to accommodate a 35-inch tire. 

Just like the Wrangler, the Gladiator might be fitted with a cloth prime or a composite exhausting prime, both of which might be eliminated for open-air driving. The Gladiator’s windshield folds flat prefer it does within the Wrangler, too. 

2020 Jeep Gladiator

All trim ranges come customary with a three.6-liter V-6 rated at 285 horsepower paired to a 6-speed handbook transmission. An Eight-speed computerized transmission is optionally available. In 2020, the Gladiator will supply a three.Zero-liter turbodiesel V-6 rated at 220 hp and a hefty 442 pound-feet of torque. The usual Wrangler’s out there turbo-Four will not be supplied within the Gladiator. With an optionally available tow package deal, the Sport trim stage, and the Eight-speed computerized transmission, the Gladiator’s V-6 is rated to lug a 7,650-pound trailer. Payload rankings range from about 1,110 to 1,600 kilos relying on trim ranges, transmissions, and axle ratios.

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Beneath, the Gladiator contains Dana 44 entrance and rear axles. Gladiator Rubicon fashions function wider variations of the Dana 44 with locking differentials, digital sway bar disconnects, and upsized 33-inch off-road tires. In contrast to the Wrangler with its out there full-time four-wheel drive, the Gladiator will solely be out there with a part-time, four-wheel-drive, two-speed switch case not meant to be used on dry pavement. Gladiator Rubicons function a beefed-up switch case with a special low vary for critical off-road use. 

In contrast to its closest rivals—such because the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevrolet Colorado—the Gladiator’s suspension options stable axles suspended by coil springs each entrance and rear. 

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2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator

The Gladiator’s inside will likely be acquainted to Jeepers because it’s largely plucked from the Wrangler down the usual roll-up home windows on the Gladiator Sport. As on the Wrangler, the Gladiator’s doorways might be eliminated with a Torx screwdriver included with the truck.

A 5.Zero-inch touchscreen for infotainment comes customary on the Gladiator Sport. Overland and Rubicon trims swap in a 7.Zero-inch display screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and supply an Eight.Four-inch show as an choice. The Gladiator presents as much as six USB ports together with two USB-C hookups. Tucked into the Gladiator’s instrument cluster is a three.5-inch TFT display screen. A 7.Zero-inch display screen with extra configurability is optionally available. 

The Overland nameplate is new to Jeep’s body-on-frame lineup, however it largely builds on the Wrangler Sahara trim stage. Fabric upholstery is customary, whereas leather-based is optionally available. The Gladiator’s rear seats fold flat to disclose small storage areas towards the again of the cab or they fold up like stadium seats to open up hidden bins.

One shocking omission is computerized emergency braking, which is not out there on any Gladiator. A pair of choice packages bundle energetic security gear corresponding to parking sensors, blind-spot displays, adaptive cruise management, and lane-departure warnings. 

Jeep has not introduced pricing for the 2020 Gladiator, which is ready to go on sale throughout the second quarter of 2019.