2018 LA Auto Show: All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a fusion between a Wrangler and a pickup truck

Article by Christian A., on December 4, 2018

What happens when the Jeep Wrangler off-road expert utility transforms into a pickup up? Jeep has the answer unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in form of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. The brand calls the Gladiator as the most capable midsize truck ever, as it combines a number of qualities that any 4x4 enthusiast would want for his or her pickup truck. In short, the all-new 2020 Gladiator isn't just appealing to Jeep’s customers but also to pickup buyers as well.

With the new Jeep Gladiator, one would get the brand’s vaunted 4x4 ruggedness, capability and dependability as complemented with extra utility, clever functionality, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains as well as a wide array of groundbreaking safety and advanced technology features. As Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand North America, puts it, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure.

Set to be produced in Toledo, Ohio, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be arriving at dealerships in the second quarter of 2019. It will be available in four trims: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon.

The primary secret to the performance of the Jeep Gladiator is its body-on-frame design as complemented by an excellently engineered five-link suspension system. Its body-on-frame design employs advanced materials and engineering to strong yet lightweight. Its lightweight, high-strength steel frame is around 31 inches longer than that of a Jeep Wrangler 4-door, with a wheelbase that is around 19.4 inches longer.

Moreover, the all-new Jeep Gladiator employs a traditional five-foot steel bed with four steel cross-members reinforcing the load floor as well as a damped aluminum tailgate. In addition, the 4x4 pickup employs lightweight, high-strength aluminum for the doors, hood, fender flares and windshield frame as well as for its tailgate.

To ensure that the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator delivers legendary off-road capability, it is installed with the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems as well as third-generation Dana 44 axles. These are complemented by Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers. The Gladiator rides on 33-inch off-road tires. A full-size spare tire and mount can be found under the steel and is capable of carrying up to a 35-inch tire.

As for its looks, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is unmistakably a Jeep thanks to a number traditional brand design cues. These include the legendary seven-slot grille (although wider) shaped like a keystone. Likewise, the Gladiator features round headlamps and square tail lamps. In addition, the pickup can be availed with a fold-down windshield for off-road purists. The new Gladiator is available in dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations.

At launch, the all-new Jeep Gladiator is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers up to 285 hp of motive power and up to 260 lb.-ft. of torque, a mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, or to an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox.

By 2020, the Jeep Gladiator will be available with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine that provides 260 hp of max output and 442 lb.-ft. of peak torque, as paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. Both engines feature Engine Stop-Start (ESS).

The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator can be specified with more than 80 available advanced safety and security features, including Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detectionAdaptive Cruise Control and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation. Advanced technologies included in the Gladiator are the fourth-generation Uconnect system as well as new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

Source: Jeep

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