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. 

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This is how Jeep does open air. Note the fold down windscreen in typical Wrangler fashion.

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 are Dana 44 solid front and rear axles like the Wrangler, but the rear five-link coil suspension is new and enhances the Gladiator's ride to make it even smoother than the Unlimited.

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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.

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Towing tops out at 7,650 lbs, which is in the top of the mid-size truck segment. The paylod is 1,600 lbs, which is more than respectable and can easily handle recreational gear, construction materials, and whatever else you plan on hauling, shy of a bank safe. The bed is five feet long, a little more than a foot shorter than the longest bed in the Chevy Colorado.

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If you want to max out the towing capacity, you'll need to order the Gladiator in Sport trim with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, the eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 4.10 final drive ratio. In order to max out the payload, you'll have to once again appoint a Gladiator Sport, but this time with the 3.6-liter engine, the six-speed manual, and the 3.73 final drive ratio. Got that? Good. We guess you can't have it all. 

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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 breakover angle due to the longer wheelbase, which is already a challenge in the Wrangler Unlimited. We expect Gladiator owners to get hung up more than they'd like. 

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Wrangler touches are everywhere, including a very similar cabin, the same doors, sport bar, similar fascia (the Gladiator gets larger grille vents, though), etc. Even the taillights that protrude outward are the same to make room for the rear cameras. There are new tops specially made for the Gladiator including soft and hard tops. Even the rear window section can be removed with the soft top. And just like the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, the front windscreen folds down for good ol' bugs-in-the-teeth adventuring.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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