The last Jeep Gladiator Concept was revealed sometime it 2005 year. Back then the car manufacturer converted the Wrangler into the pickup truck. Now, after almost 12 years, Jeep is preparing a similar thing. Except for this time, it won’t be a concept, but the production model, most likely named after the concept.
Jeep Gladiator Concept: Engines and Transmission
The upcoming Jeep Gladiator will share almost everything with the upcoming new generation Wrangler. The pickup truck will be based on SUV’s new platform and will share engine options with the iconic nameplate. That means that we could easily see the Wrangler-based truck will gasoline, diesel, and hybrid drivetrains. The new light-weight architecture will make both the future pickup and SUV fuel-efficient. However, in contrast to the Wrangler, which will keep the six-speed manual gearbox available, the Jeep Gladiator will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
In contrast to the Jeep Gladiator Concept which was mated a 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder diesel with 163 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, the future production model will use a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. At the moment, the option is capable of producing 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of twist. That won’t be all. No, the carmaker will likely offer two gasoline options right away. The base model will use the familiar the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. On the other hand, the highest trim level should get a 2.0-liter Hurricane four-cylinder mill with 300 horsepower.
Design and Suspension
Although we haven’t seen the production version yet, we already know that Jeep’s future truck will have a lot of in common with the Jeep Gladiator Concept. That’s because we managed to catch several testing models in the recent few months. Even though they are completely camouflaged, it’s quite clear that they feature a similar boxy exterior design with Wrangler’s distinctive round headlights and pretty pronounced bumper. The prototype also revealed that the upcoming mid-size pickup truck is getting a soling axle in the front and coil-sprung in the back. The spare tire is mounted beneath the bed.
Estimated Arrival and Price Range
Judging by the latest rumors, the Jeep Gladiator will be officially introduced late next year as the 2019 model. The car manufacturer has not released any pricing information yet. However, we are pretty sure that the base model that comes in a pair with the 3.6-liter V-6 won’t cost over $28,000. On the other hand, the Hurricane-powered Wrangler-based truck with all available equipment could easily reach $40,000.