For those who have been waiting for the Jeep pickup truck to be revealed in all its glory, the wait is over. FCA just unveiled its 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup, and it's even more awesome than we thought it would be. Just take a look at this beast. Everyone who didn't want to get a pickup but needed one can now rest assured that the Gladiator has real Wrangler 4x4 DNA in it. Plus, it doesn't look like any truck on the market today.
Underpinning the Gladiator is a brand new frame that's a full 31 inches longer than the current 4-door Wrangler Unlimited, which is already pretty large. Even the Gladiator's wheelbase is longer, to the tune of 19.4 inches. Underneath all that
The engine is a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 from the Wrangler that gets mated to either a six-speed manual or the eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is 285 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is healthy if not mindblowing. Later on, there will be a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 that delivers 260 horses, but a whopping 442 lb-ft of torque for even more towing power.
Towing tops out at 7,650 lbs, which is in the top of the mid-size truck segment. The
If you want to max out the towing capacity, you'll need to order the Gladiator in
There will be the Sport and Sport S trims (best outfitted for recreational/hauling/towing duties), but there will also be a luxury-focused Overland trim (similar to the Wrangler Sahara), and then a top ender Rubicon trim for hardcore off-roading. The only chagrin will be the decreased
Wrangler touches are everywhere, including a very similar cabin, the same doors,
Just like the Wrangler Unlimited, the Gladiator's hard top can split into three sections, two T-top-style panels that come off and stow away, as well a large back section. The Gladiator does some items up on the Unlimited with a rear locking storage section, a portable Bluetooth speaker that has its own storage cubby and charging port so the great outdoors will never be short of tunes.
Inside the new interior that's just like the Wrangler (and quite nice, we might add), there's a standard 5-inch infotainment system, and upgraded 7.4 and 8-inch systems as you go up trim levels. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and you don't have to freakin' pair your phone with voice controls only like the last-gen Wrangler. What a pain in the ass that was.
So, who will the new Gladiator appeal to? For hardcore off-roaders, the regular 2-door Wrangler Sport is the way to go. Almost no one who buys the Gladiator will go bouldering due to its dimensions. For those who want more payload and rear legroom, the Gladiator now presents an option that never existed for Jeep before. Instead of being forced to trailer equipment, the Gladiator can haul a fair amount on its own. Plus there's no truck like it in terms of rugged ethos.
The Gladiator will go on sale in the second quarter of next year, but no pricing has been disclosed yet. Of course, it will be more expensive than both the Wrangler and the Wrangler Unlimited but likely not substantially more. Expect more info like EPA ratings, amenities, etc. to come over the next few months. We're thrilled that it's here at the right time for the very hot pickup truck segment.