Earlier today, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator was revealed, two weeks before the LA Auto Show. Official pictures and a spec sheet were posted on the FCA’s official media site but were only up a few minutes.
The world is getting a real Jeep Wrangler pickup and it’s all we wished it to be. From the B-pillar forward, it looks like the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL model. The Gladiator has a sharp 90-degree angle in the roof behind the back seats, straight down to a clean looking bed. It has an open fender flare giving it the look ready to charge the trails. We will see solid Dana axles front and back with available locking differentials, optional electronic sway-bar disconnect, and water forging up to 30 inches. Regular models will come with the Jeep’s Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system, while the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon trim will have the Rock-Trac setup. Power trains will be the same as the Wrangler, with the 3.6-liter, 285 horsepower Pentastar V-6 available with 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. We will see a 3.0-liter diesel in 2020 sometime.
The Jeep Gladiator will have a tow capacity of 7,650 pounds and haul 1,600 pounds in its five-foot steel bed. This would make the Jeep Gladiator best in the midsize pickup class. Woo Hoo! We haven’t seen any information yet regarding the possibility of any single or extended cab options, only the four-door crew cab.
The spec sheets states that the Jeep Gladiator will have a premium soft top and two options for the hard top creating the only true open-air 4×4 pickup truck. The release delivers dozens of door, top and windshield combinations. This information just entices us to sit closer to the edge of our seats. The shorter wheelbase of the Jeep Gladiator will make it a beast off-road.
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