Introducing the All New 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep has a long history in the United States. The brand started in 1940, in the early days of WW2. In 1947, Jeep launched its first pick-up truck: the Willy's Overland 4x4 truck. It featured the same "Go-Devil" engine that was made famous in the Willy's MB Jeep produced during WW2. Over 200,000 of these trucks had been produced. It came available as a pickup truck, platform stake truck, chassis cab or bare chassis. Throughout the years, several improvements and variations were produced.

New Jeep Pick-Up Truck

The most recent Jeep pickup truck was released in 1985. Today, approximately 25 years later, Jeep has announced that the upcoming Wrangler pickup truck will be called the Gladiator. Scheduled to make its release in 2020, the pickup truck brings a new energy to Jeep's lineup.

 

From the exterior, it is clear that there are styling elements from the new Wrangler at the grille, headlights, and taillights. The Gladiator will have its own frame, 31 inches longer than the frame on the Wrangler Unlimited. The wheelbase is 19.4 inches longer as well. The front and rear axles of the Gladiator are both Dana 44s in two different widths.

 

The Gladiator will be powered with a 3.6 gasoline liter V6 engine available in a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline engine pulls 285 horsepower with 260 lb-ft torque. A 3.0 liter turbo diesel V6 engine is available pushing 260 horsepower with 442 lb-ft torque. The turbo diesel comes from a redesign of the Ram's EcoDiesel. Both the diesel and gasoline engines come with a part-time four wheel drive system. As for the powertrain, Jeep has made an addition of an Off-Road Plus setting for the driver adjusted 4-wheel drive system. This new system will allow for higher vehicle speeds with the rear locker engaged.

 

Exceptional Towing and Payload Capacity

The maximum towing capacity is 7,650 pounds with a maximum payload capacity of 1,600 pounds. The bed itself will be 5 feet long, made of steel with an aluminum tailgate. It will be available with a spray-in bed liner, as well as a soft, roll-up tonneau complete with a slit in the back, making room for 2x4s or whatever else may need to be stored in the back. There are several aluminum extrusions for tie-downs, in-bed lighting, and an optional 115-volt power outlet. The spare tire will be kept underneath the bed.

The majority of this vehicle is styled after the Wrangler, with the doors being the same as the Wrangler Unlimited. The sports bar ends right at the back of the rear seats to make space for the bed. New tops have been created for this vehicle, with all the same functionality of Wrangler tops. The soft top comes standard with the option to remove the rear window section or just fold the entire top up. The hard top will be split into 3 segments, 2 T-top style panels up front and a large back half. While the grille has been styled after the original Wrangler, the Gladiator's grille has been redesigned slightly with larger openings for better ventilation when hauling heavy-loads.

 

There will be an optional wireless Bluetooth speaker that can be stored in the back where it can stay charged for use anytime. The Infotainment is standard with a 5 inch touchscreen with 7.4 and 8 inch systems available complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

 

While the concept of a Jeep Pickup truck has been floating around on the internet for a while, it's finally coming to life with the Jeep Gladiator. We are looking forward to all that this Jeep may bring to us. Stay tuned for updates and more information about availability and an official release date.

 
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