The 2018 LA Auto Show introduced some great new innovations, advancements in power and technology, and the latest concept vehicles this year, and Jeep has definitely stolen the show for all of the above. This year brought out the demo of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, a midsize truck that hasn’t been seen in the market for 26 years. This revamp has been wished upon by Jeep fans for years, and for as long as they’ve hoped to see the Gladiator return, Jeep has been carefully engineering the return of their all-terrain pickup truck to make the Gladiator a class-leading contender of power and performance. It’s got best-in-class tow and payload weights, that Jeep-famous terrain conquering, and a great interior to support all functions people demand out of their truck.
The Rich Heritage of Jeep
The 2020 Gladiator follows the one of a kind Jeep legacy of bringing classic style to modern standards. Similar to its last seen 1980s model, the all new 2020 Gladiator blends a Wrangler-inspired body to a five-foot bed, lengthening the wheelbase to perfectly balance the extended length of the vehicle and whatever load you may haul along on your adventures. Its superior 11.1-inch ground clearance preserves the legendary off-road capabilities so iconic of the Jeep brand. Available 33-inch tall all-terrain tires can carry the Gladiator up approach angles of 43.6 degrees and through waterways as deep as 30 inches. So closely modeled to the Wrangler, the Gladiator benefits from the recent 2018 redesign’s style and–better yet–its easy open-air body strip down. Panels, tailgate, hood, and doors are formed from light aluminum for weight reduction and ease of removal. There’s choice of either a soft top hinge or tri-panel hardtop that either are released via only two front overhead latches or with included tools, respectively. And lastly, the windshield’s redesigned four-bolt hinging release is far more easier than previous models’ 28-bolts that needed removing to open the windshield up. This is the only open-air experience truck on the market, and we have to commend just how fun it looks to drive in. The nose of course carries with it the signature Jeep round headlights and seven keystone grille slots–made larger compared to the Wrangler to support the air induction necessary for the Gladiator’s hauling and towing abilities. The iconic trapezoid wheel flares have been enhanced with running daylights, and the Gladiator’s body elements, like the Wrangler redesign, have been rounded out along their profiles to enhance aerodynamics and a modern-day aesthetic.
Every 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes standard with the same engine that is the default for the Wrangler as well–the 3.6-liter Pentastar six-cylinder! This legend of a powertrain has been favored by drivers since its introduction in 2010 for its reliability, power, performance, and nice efficiency ratings no matter which FCA car it’s put into. Enhanced with variable valve timing and Engine Stop-Start technology, we expect the Gladiator to bring in similar gas mileage ratings as the Wrangler. The 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft torque are channeled through a standard performance-personalizing six-speed manual transmission. All vehicles also have the choice of the efficiency and performance boosting 3.0-liter EcoDiesel six-cylinder, pumping out a huge 442 lb-ft torque to tow and haul maximum weights in the Gladiator’s class–1,600 pounds of payload capacity and up to 7,650 pounds of trailering capability! To handle the higher output, this engine comes with an automatic eight-speed transmission, available to pair with the Pentastar. Every Gladiator comes with 4WD, but your capabilities will vary should you opt to get a part-time Command-Trac 4×4 system standard in the Sport, Sport S, and Overland trims, or the performance savviness of the Rock-Trac 4×4 system exclusive to the Rubicon. Both come equipped with third-generation Dana 44 axles front and back, but the Rubicon enhances the package with a Tru-Lok limited-slip front and rear differential as well as an electronic front sway bar disconnect and those 33×11-inch off-roading tires.
We’re extremely excited to see that Jeep is finally answering the years’-long prayers of enthusiasts across the nation, and it’s arrival is probably sooner than you’d think! Jeep has slated the 2020 Jeep Gladiator to begin arriving in showrooms nationwide by second quarter of 2019, so you could be seeing this midsize truck cruising on the roads and conquering the trails as early as this summer! Thompson Auto Group welcomes you to come check out our new Jeep inventory to see if we have any 2020 Gladiators available yet. Our sales team are available at any time to answer your calls or emails concerning the arrival of the Gladiator in our lots. Personally, we’re keeping a close eye on the official Jeep announcement page for further updates of what we can expect to be built into the standard and available features of the 2020 Gladiator.