The 2020 Gladiator is built in Toledo Ohio with production expected to start in the first half of 2019.
Jeep's midsize Gladiator will be a direct rival for the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Ford Ranger when it reaches United States showrooms in the second quarter of 2019. Rubicon models dial things up a notch with 4.10 axles, improved suspension articulation and travel, Fox shocks, electronic disconnecting sway bars, steel rear bumper and protective cab and cargo bed rails and 33-inch tires.
Taking inspiration from the all-new JL Wrangler, the Gladiator gets the same boxy exterior as its SUV sibling. The Gladiator name lasted through the 1960s but was dropped for the 1972 model year. While it make look like a Wrangler, the Gladiator's frame is in fact 31-inches longer, with a 19.4-inch longer wheelbase.
The Gladiator is capable of up to 30-inches of water fording. For years, it's the full factory-built Jeep Wrangler pickup that everyone has been hoping for. It will also have covered external power outlets. The spare tire has been moved underneath, and there's room for aftermarket 37-inch tires, if you want to replace the factory 35s.
The Jeep Gladiator rolled onto a stage at the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday. As seen in many current pickups, the Gladiator will have a three-piece rear window with a power-operated middle pane that will slide to the driver's side.
The Gladiator is a Jeep Wrangler four-door-up until its rear seatbacks.
Each of the doors can also be removed by activating a handle under the armrests.
Inside, the Gladiator Overland version's instrument panel features a soft-touch surface with accent stitching (also available as an option in the Rubicon). Now, with the mid-size truck segment growing and growing in the US, Jeep has seen it fit to bring it back in Gladiator format. Maybe even more than the Wrangler, if that's possible.
The Jeep Gladiator will be offered with the brand's familiar 3,6-litre Pentastar V6 engine at launch, mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an eight-speed automatic transmission offered as an option. In the 2020 calendar year, Jeep will add its 3.0-liter diesel V-6, and it will deliver 260 horses and 442 lb-ft. Maybe silver. Six-speed for sure.
Inside, the Gladiator is identical to the Wrangler.
Naturally, all Gladiators feature permanent four-wheel drive, split between two drivetrain systems. While the face of the Gladiator and Wrangler are similar, each grille opening is slightly larger for additional cooling to allow the ute to tow up to 3500kg. The 4 generation Uconnect system, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens are available contingent on trim selection, which reside between Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. Rubicon is the top trim level here, as it is on the Wrangler.
A Jeep truck existed from 1947 until 1992 under various different guises.
American's love trucks, they also love Jeeps, and rumors have been swirling about the rebirth of a Jeep truck for a long time.