2020 Jeep Gladiator is the pickup truck we’ve been dreaming of since 2005
Dubbed as the most capable mid-size truck ever
Jeep’s new Gladiator truck has finally revealed itself at the Los Angeles Auto Show and boy, we are craving for one.
Said to deliver best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload capacity, the Gladiator inherits the likes of Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems as well as third-generation Dana 44 axles and Tru-Lock front and rear differentials, plus the Trac-Lok limited-slip differential.
Customers can get the Gladiator in four versions: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon, but will have to wait until the second quarter of 2019, when the first cars will reach dealerships.
It might look rugged on the outside, but on the inside, the Gladiator offers 7- or 8.4-inch tactile displays and a 7-inch LED driver information display. The fourth-generation Uconnect is available as well, together with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
At launch, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will make use of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine tuned to produce 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It also features ESS (Engine Stop-Start) as standard equipment.
Bolted to the engine is a six-speed manual, but customers can also specify an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Later on, Jeep will unlock a 3-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine for the Gladiator. In this configuration, the pickup truck will rely on 260 hp and 442 lb-ft. The eight-speed automatic transmission is standard here.
Capability-wise, Jeep says the Gladiator fitted with the automatic delivers a crawl ratio of 77.2:1. 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.