Jeep has finally brought the Wrangler-based pickup truck to the reality and the growing mid-size segment has now another contender with the recently returned Ford Ranger. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is Jeep’s first truck since the 1980s and the Scrambler model while FCA has now the new mid-size truck after the discontinuation of the Ram Dakota in 2011.
The new Jeep Gladiator isn’t a surprise regarding the style and equipment while we expected also the serious performer and Jeep delivers it now in the pickup truck form. Jeep promises the class-leading loading and towing capability and this truck will also be cable of beating the paths unbeaten by other trucks thanks to brand’s proven-and-tested, off-road gear.
The model will also offer some modern and luxury features but Jeep wasn’t very generous and the new, mid-size will lack some high-comfort and tech features. There won’t also be many configuration options as we get from the other versions in the market and the turbocharged engine isn’t also in the equipment list. The truck comes in the single cab configuration with the short bed and in four trim levels. The journey starts also with the single engine option with the arrival of the diesel-powered version in 2020.
2020 Jeep Gladiator: Design
Jeep converted the Wrangler Unlimited to the pickup truck body form and there were plenty of cutting, lengthening and welding in the process. In order to accommodate the 5-foot cargo bed, the engineers stretched the wheelbase of the four-door Wrangler for 19 inches while from bumper to bumper the Gladiator measures 218 inches, 31 inches more than the SUV equivalent. Jeep strengthened also the chassis of the Gladiator to provide greater towing and working capability.
From the visual perspective the Gladiator in the Wrangler Unlimited with the attached cargo bed. There are, however, more, less notable distinctions like the wider grille openings and more inclined nose. Other signature elements such as the distinctive fender flares, exposed door hinges, circular headlights and more are the part of both model’s identity.
Interior, Equipment, Options:
Inside the only available, four-door cabin, the new Gladiator applies the same design language as the closely related SUV. The same shaped dashboard has circular air vents and simple contours. The center screen available in several sizes divides the dash to two sections and below the screen, many physical buttons and control take the place.
The Gladiator comes in a limited number of options and available trims are Sport, Sport S, Overland, and hardcore Rubicon. In the equipment list, buyers will find a UConnect system with the 8.4-inch center screen and Android Auto and Apple Car Play functionalities. The lower-grade infotainment system will come with the 7-inch center display or with the 5-inch unit in the base configuration. The Gladiator will also offer heated seats, leather surfaces, Alpine sound system, etc. The three-piece, the removable top will also be available.
The new mid-size truck will also integrate some advanced safety systems. The Wrangler-based truck will come with the blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning while the automatic emergency braking is missing from the manual.
2020 Jeep Gladiator: Performance, Towing
While Jeep limited the availability of some high tech and luxury features, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator has plenty of equipment and capability to go behind the paved roads and to tow like the champ.
The new tuck in the mid-size class claims the class-best towing and loading capability. In the cargo bed, it can carry up to 1, 600 pounds while can pull up to 7, 650 pounds.
For the off-road adventures, the Rubicon gets some hardcore equipment. All versions employ solid axles with coil springs and Dana 44 differentials. The Rubicon boosts the performance with the wider axles, unique crawl ratios, upgraded transfer case, front and rear lockers, electronically operated sway bars, massive all-terrain tires, etc. The Gladiator has also an impressive approach angle of 46,3 degrees and departure angle of 26 degrees. The model can go through the 30-inches deep water and has 11 inches of the ground clearance.
Jeep introduced the Gladiator with the 3.6-liter V-6 engine only while should deliver the turbodiesel in 2020. No promise of the turbocharged unit. The base V-6 makes 285 hp and torque of 260 pound-feet. The 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions are available.
2020 Jeep Gladiator: Release, Price
The unique 2020 Jeep Gladiator will go on the mid-size truck front in spring 2019. The price is yet to be revealed. Expect about 4, 000 or more expensive Gladiators than the Wrangler’s equivalent.