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2020 Jeep Gladiator is the Wrangler Pickup You’ve Always Wanted



Nov 28, 2018




At long last, the worst-kept secret in Motown has made its official debut. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator truck was just unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, melding the unabashed ruggedness of a Wrangler with all the usefulness of a midsize pickup.

Given its anvil-tough body-on-frame underpinnings, FCA is billing this as the toughest model in its class, a segment that includes products like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and soon-to-launch Ford Ranger.

It should also be the most capable. Gladiator is expected to offer chart-topping tow and payload ratings of up to 7,650 pounds (3,470 kg) and 1,600 pounds (726 kg), respectively. Naturally, it will also provide oodles of off-road capability.



Third-generation Dana 44 axles support the body, with Command-Trac or Rock-Trac 4×4 systems on the menu. Electrically locking differentials, a disconnecting sway-bar and up to 33-inch off-road tires allow this vehicle to drive through nearly three feet of water. A phalanx of underbody shields protects its vitals from punishing blows dished out by unrelenting surfaces.

Keeping weight in check, this vehicle’s four doors and their hinges as well as the hood, fenders, tailgate and windshield frame are all made of aluminum.

Now, none of this technical data should be a surprise as this is what’s essentially offered in the standard Jeep Wrangler. But what matters most in a pickup is its bed and the Gladiator’s should be highly versatile. At five feet in length (152.4 cm) this steel cargo box features under-rail tie-downs, an external 115-volt power outlet and even an available spray-in liner to keep it looking good for years to come.

Power in the Gladiator is provided by a pair of proven engines. A friendly and familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V6 with fuel-saving stop-start offers 285 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque. It can be matched to either an eight-speed automatic transmission or a manual gearbox with six forward ratios.

For drivers that want even more torque and likely significantly greater fuel economy, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will also be offered. Its exclusive dance partner is an eight-speed automatic transmission, however, if you love oil-burners, don’t get too excited. This engine will become available at some point in 2020, not at launch. It should offer 260 horsepower and a crushing 442 pound-feet of torque.



The Gladiator will be available in four different trims: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon so it should appeal to a wide range of customers. Top-shelf Rubicon models get a forward-facing off-road camera for enhanced performance in the dirt.

Look for the new Gladiator pickup at dealerships in the second-quarter of 2019. Undoubtedly, demand will be high for this versatile and shockingly capable truck, a product Jeep faithful have been waiting years for.


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Modified by Mopar: All-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator


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Kim Mathers, Head of Mopar Performance and Accessories Portfolio, discusses the Mopar-customized version of the much-anticipated 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.
 

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Won’t Offer 2.0L Four Cylinder Engine

2020 Jeep Gladiator Won’t Offer 2.0L Four Cylinder Engine


Dec 06, 2018




The 2020 Jeep Gladiator won’t be available with the 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain that is offered in the closely related Wrangler SUV. Fiat Chrysler’s optional four-cylinder powertrain in the Wrangler consists of a 2.0-liter turbo four, a 48-volt mild hybrid system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, giving the consumer power and torque figures similar to the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with better fuel economy.

So why won’t this attractive powertrain be offered in the Gladiator? The Drive asked Jeep the same question, and while the automaker refrained from speaking ill of its four-cylinder, it pointed out that the base 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine “can handle the temperatures seen while towing.”


While some consumers will be let down at the lack of four-cylinder offering in the Gladiator, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the simpler and safer option for truck buyers. Thanks to the V6, the Gladiator boasts a best-in-class tow capacity of 7,650 lbs, trouncing the Toyota Tacoma (6,500 lbs) and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon (7,000 lbs). Even the new Ford Ranger with its 7,500 lb tow capacity is beaten by the Jeep.

In addition to the base 308 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Jeep Gladiator will also be offered with FCA’s 260 hp 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 from 2020 onward. The 3.6-liter can be paired with an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, while the 3.0-liter diesel is offered with the eight-speed automatic only.

FCA has yet to say if it will ever pair its 48 volt eTorque system with the 3.6-liter V6 in the Jeep Gladiator. The eTorque system is standard on all 2019 Ram 1500 pickups with the Pentastar engine and can briefly add 12-hp and 90-lb-ft of torque when the truck needs it. It also works as a generator for the stop start/system.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is expected to go on sale in mid 2019. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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