Jeep Gladiator Goes Official With Best-In-Class Towing Capacity


"Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognisable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure", said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand - North America.

Later on, Jeep will unlock a 3-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine for the Gladiator.

But the Gladiator will also appeal to those who simply want a Jeep Wrangler with a bed. Though, the former is 787mm longer than the latter. With the Crew Cab configuration, the vehicle provides a load bay of 1,524mm. The Gladiator stretches a hefty 30 inches longer than the biggest Wrangler.

A 260-horsepower diesel engine will also be available.

Providing in-car entertainment is either a 7-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen display called Uconnect. Price and specifications for Australia haven't been confirmed as the Gladiator isn't likely to hit our shores until 2020.

Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models offer available LED headlamps and fog lamps that project crisp white lighting, adding to the truck's modern look.

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Apart from those, the Gladiator also features underbody protection that keeps vital components safe from harm. Now, however, we've got a lot more to see and read. In the back, the rear seats fold up to reveal optional lockable storage spaces and fold down for more load space. Sport, Overland, and Rubicon trucks will get skid plates and front and rear tow hooks, while the Rubicon models will have a 33-inch tire as standard. The Gladiator Rubicon can be had with a forward-facing off-road camera, beaming a picture back from the Gladiator's grille, to show the road straight ahead.

And Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the brand put an end date on the horizon and identified someday-soon, promising that the Gladiator - a descendant of an ultrapopular concept pickup of the same name Jeep first showed in 2005 - would be in showrooms in the second quarter of 2019.

Just like its SUV donor, the Gladiator can be "stripped" in multiple ways, with owners able to fold down the windscreen, remove the doors and lower the soft top for a truly open-air experience - something that will be a unique selling point in its class. Buyers can also opt for a removable hard top.

The interior has the same level of comfort and refinement we've come to expect, with optional leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, push-to-start and fun tech goodies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That length isn't good for the Gladiator's breakover angle (20.3 degrees for the Gladiator Rubicon compared to 22.6 degrees for the Wrangler Rubicon) or its departure angle (26 degrees for the Gladiator Rubicon versus 37 degrees for the Wrangler Rubicon), but that's the trade-off for more utility.

In order to make it work, FCA designed and integrated a rear five-link coil suspension with two upper and two lower forged steel control arms for maximum control.

Underhood, the Gladiator will come standard with the automaker's familiar 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque paired to either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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