Jeep Gladiator debuts: Not just a Wrangler pickup truck

2020 Jeep Gladiator la auto show debut

This new midsize truck combines the off-road prowess of the Wrangler with the heritage of Jeep and the benefits of a pickup truck.

It has taken more than 25 years, but the vehicle Jeep fans have been demanding since the company killed off the Cherokee-based Comanche pick up in 1992 has finally surfaced - the Wrangler-based Jeep Gladiator pick up has finally been revealed, and it is magnificent.

After a almost 14-year tease of just-over-the-horizon promises and someday-soon product plans, Jeep showed the first production pickup to carry the brand's name in a generation: the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

The Gladiator draws heavily upon new JL Series Jeep Wrangler. For now, the rugged truck is on dispaly at the LA Auto Show until later this month. Though, the former is 787mm longer than the latter.

According to Jeep, the Gladiator will be able to drive through 30 inches of water and tow up to 7,650 pounds. From 2020, a 3.0-litre diesel V6 that makes 240hp and 570Nm of torque will also be available.

Vehicle and entertainment information is delivered on most trim levels via a 3.5-inch screen or 7-inch LED display in the instrument cluster along with a 7-inch nav screen or 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen in the center console.

2020 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep's midsize Gladiator will be a direct rival for the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Ford Ranger when it reaches U.S. showrooms in the second quarter of 2019.

Deliveries are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2019 for the 2020 model year, and four trim levels will be offered at launch. We've already seen the first official photos of the Gladiator two weeks ago when the first specs also got leaked. "But we have the capacity" to produce a lot of Gladiators.

The rear seat bench splits 60:40 and can be folded flat for storing boxes, or lifted up into a "stadium" position to reveal a couple of under-seat cubbies. The crawl ratio of 84.2:1 is exclusive to the Rubicon with the six-speed manual while the eight-speed automatic transmission makes do with 77.2:1. An optional composite hardtop includes removable roof panels that can be peeled off and all models have removable doors and a windshield that drops down after a few bolts are removed. In top Rubicon trim, it offers an 11.1-inch (282-mm) ground clearance, an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, and departure angle of 26 degrees.

For hard off-road terrain, the Gladiator will have an optional forward-facing camera enabling the driver to see obstructions just ahead on the trail.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is a neat touch on a rufty-tufty off-roader like this, as are five USB ports and a forward-facing off-road camera that can show you what you couldn't hope to see from the driver's seat. Rubicon models dial things up a notch with 4.10 axles, improved suspension articulation and travel, Fox shocks, electronic disconnecting sway bars, steel rear bumper and protective cab and cargo bed rails and 33-inch tires.

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