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The All-New 2020 Jeep® Gladiator
Jeep® Gladiator Makes Its Debut at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show.
After more than a quarter-century, an eagerly awaited pickup truck joins the Jeep® Brand. With lots of anticipation and much speculation, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator made its debut at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show.
Imagine best-in-class towing and best-in-class payload meets Jeep Brand-worthy rugged off-road capabilities, not to mention lots of technology and safety features. And this is just the start of the ground-breaking Jeep Brand truck.
Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep® Brand – North America, sums it up this way:
Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognizable as a Jeep [brand vehicle], the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure. There is tremendous demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep [brand] customers and pickup truck buyers everywhere. Born from a rich and proud heritage of tough, dependable Jeep [brand] trucks, Gladiator comes with rugged utility, versatility and functionality, resulting in the most capable midsize truck ever
FCA US LLC didn’t stop there. In addition to showing off the Gladiator in trail-spec Rubicon form and trims, it showcased a crazy number of versatile lifestyle Jeep® Performance Parts and Authentic Accessories, sure to wow even the most hardcore off-roader. These are just part of the 200-plus products that allow you to tailor the Gladiator to your personal specs. All of the products were created in close conjunction with the Jeep Brand, meeting the strictest standards and factory-exclusive data, and are backed by a factory warranty.
So, maybe you’re wondering how the Gladiator stacks up against its all-adventure Jeep Brand siblings. Well, first off, it’s not small. With a four-door cab and five-foot bed, it stretches more than four feet longer than a two-door Wrangler. It is also lengthier than the Wrangler Unlimited four-door. In comparison, the Gladiator’s new frame is stretched 31 inches, with a wheelbase that’s 19.4 inches longer. The Gladiator’s approach angle is similar to Wrangler of 43.6 degrees. Plus, it has a slightly more shallow departure angle of 26 degrees. The Gladiator also has a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees. Rock rails on the Rubicon extend to the front of the bed so you won’t damage it on the way down. To help you see what’s ahead of you on the trail, the Gladiator Rubicon offers a forward-facing camera, sneakily mounted in the grille, that will help you spot any off-road obstacles less than two feet in front of the truck.
The Gladiator can also be mounted with a Mopar® front, winch-ready Steel Bumper. It can run up to 35 inches of rubber with no lift, has 11.1 inches of ground clearance. It’s capable of fording up to 30 inches of water and can be fitted with a Mopar 2-Inch Lift Kit for even more off-road clearance and an aggressive stance.
Of course, Gladiator is well decked-out with all-real-deal Jeep® Brand legendary off-road equipment as well. Four-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels, and the Gladiator retains solid axles, both front and rear. Rubicon comes with serious off-road trimmings: third-generation Dana 44™ electronic locking differentials front and rear, a front anti-roll bar disconnect, transfer case with a 4:1 low range, segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and 33-inch off-road tires. The suspension has been tuned to optimize on-road handling without any loss to its superior off-road dynamics, payload or towing capacity, which is no small feat.
And FCA US didn’t hold back when it came to the goods under the hood, either. Jeep Gladiator comes powered by an advanced fuel-efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 with Engine Stop-Start (ESS), which grinds out 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This beast is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, which is needed when out on the trails or during demanding conditions, such as hauling heavy cargo or towing a trailer. But wait, that’s not the whole story. The advanced fuel-efficient optional eight-speed automatic, also with ESS, leads its class with a tow capacity of up to 7,650 pounds and a gritty 4×4 payload of up to 1,600 pounds! For those who want even more, in 2020, FCA US will grind out a monolithic 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel eight-speed automatic, offering 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque (ESS standard).
The Jeep® Brand design team went about keeping the legendary seven-slot grille seen on the Wrangler, but widened out the grille slots to provide additional cooling. Add an optional Mopar® Cold Air Intake which works with the Mopar Cat-Back Exhaust System for even more horsepower and torque. Gladiator Overland and Rubicon can be boosted with optional LED headlamps and fog lamps that pierce the dark with crisp white lighting. Gladiator models rigged with the available LED lighting also feature daytime running lights, which form a halo around the outside perimeter of the headlights.
And what’s out back? Traditional Jeep Brand square tail lamps feature available LED lighting and give way to a side tailgate opening for unobstructed loading of cargo. The five-foot steel bed features strong integrated tie downs and an available spray-in bed liner. Add the tonneau cover for more cargo security and durability and lock it all down with the power-locking tailgate. Plus, an available Mopar Truck Bed Storage System holds up to 200 lbs. of gear in each of its lockable dual sliding storage drawers. The sides of the bed box are intentionally low for easy reach to load or unload cargo. The damped, three-position tailgate in the middle setting matches up the tops of the rear wheel housing, enabling Gladiator to haul an impressive 20 sheets of 4×8 plywood or drywall flat. You can add in Mopar®Bed-Mounted Cross Rails, which support a Mopar Bike Carrier, then beef that up with an additional Mopar Roof Rack, which accommodates a variety of carriers to help transport all
your adventure toys.
That same versatility and functionality extends to the lush cabin loaded with polished details and intuitive functionality, which provides a virtual oasis from the elements. There, you will discover the (available) largest-in-class 8.4-inch touchscreen on the Uconnect® 4C NAV with Apple CarPlay® support* and Android Auto™** integration. This fourth-generation Uconnect actually enhances the user interface and system performance with quicker startup times and improved screen resolution. The instrument cluster features a 3.5- or available 7-inch thin film transistor information LED display.
The 7-inch LED display allows you to configure information in more than 100 ways, including current media being played, tire pressure, tire-fill alert or digital speed readout. For additional safety, the Gladiator offers adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and a backup camera with dynamic grid lines. Integrated buttons on the steering wheel control audio, voice and speed functions, allowing the driver to keep hands on the wheel to navigate rough terrain or high-speed traffic. Optional audio upgrades include a sub-woofer and portable wireless speaker behind the rear seat.
The rear seating space mirrors the Wrangler Unlimited. It leads the segment with legroom and has seating that can be folded to provide a flat load surface and access to secure storage areas behind the seatbacks. Folding the rear seat cushions up uncovers an open innovative storage bin with special compartments to hold bolts when the doors or top are removed and the windshield when folded. There’s even an optional lockable storage bin with removable dividers.