The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has finally arrived. A Billet Silver Gladiator was the first production vehicle to drive off the line at the Toledo North Assembly Plant. Social media is going crazy over the first Gladiator pictures and video. Since November, there has been so many conflicting dates on when the first consumer build would be available.
Fresh off the line, the Gladiator is equipped with the Trail Rail Cargo Management System and a tonneau cover for the bed. Jeep forum members called out that this particular Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has Falken Wildpeak All Terrain tires. The tires are a standard feature for the Rubicon trims. All the MOPAR accessories should be ready to order and buy at local dealerships when the Gladiator arrives. Most likely, the first runs off the production line will be customer orders and spec-built trucks to go on the dealer lots across the United States. Dealerships will be able to order in early April, and will receive an allocation based on Jeep sales against regular sales, plus the percentage of the Wrangler Unlimited sales.
The Jeep Gladiator will be ready to hit some trails this summer. The Gladiator is the only open-air pickup truck in the industry. FCA initially said production numbers would be less than 100,000 for the 2020 edition, however, the numbers will be significantly influenced by consumer response and pricing. FCA has not released any information on trim level pricing. Last year former CEO Sergio Marchionne said, “the vehicle would be intentionally expensive.” With a new CEO, Mike Manly, pricing will still be relatively close to a Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited with an additional $3k-$4k. If comparing to a Rubicon, pricing could be around $60k.
The mid-size truck category is expanding, first with the Ford Ranger, and now, the Jeep Gladiator. The category is experiencing very strong sales numbers, and the Gladiator will be available at dealerships over the next couple of months.