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The First-Ever 2020 Jeep Gladiator Takes on Traffic and the Trail

We've all heard the rumors--Jeep's making a Wrangler with a truck bed, Jeep's remaking the Scrambler--no, no, they're remaking the Comanche!

Well here's the actual news: Jeep is releasing a midsize pickup based on the Wrangler--the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. As far as we're concerned, the new Jeep Gladiator pickup can't get here soon enough. There's a lot of nostalgia and demand for the old Jeep Comanche and the Jeep Scrambler pickup trucks, but the Jeep Gladiator is set to become one of the most well-rounded midsize trucks ever built, capable of keeping up with the rest of the class on the worksite while leaving them in the dust off-road.

Jeep has been branching out lately, and the Jeep Gladiator is a natural extension of the brand. They've already got the 4x4 and utility side of the equation done, so why not build a truck that can handle the jobsite too?

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Jeep Gladiator Powerhouses

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be equipped with the tried-and-true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which is good for 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to your choice of six-speed stick shift or eight-speed auto, and all drivetrains arrive with Jeep 4x4 utility. A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 may join the lineup in 2020, and other engines from the Jeep lineup could come in later as well.

The Gladiator Rubicon sports the proven Rock-Trac 4x4 system, while the rest of the lineup takes on the trail with Command-Trac 4x4 technology. As with the Wrangler line, the Rubicon will be the off-road centric trim, while Sport, Sport S, and Overland models round out the lineup. The Rubicon comes with Dana 44s, FOX shocks, Tru-Lok differentials, skid plates, and tow hooks.


The Gladiator's tough Pentastar motor and off-road emphasis will also get you best-in-class towing, with up to 7,650 pounds of capacity and 1,600 pounds of payload capacity. That's plenty capable for the vast majority of everyday work applications, making the Gladiator a practical and versatile work truck that's loads of fun to drive on the weekend.

In true Jeep fashion, the Trail Rated Gladiator Sport, Gladiator Overland, and Gladiator Rubicon offer a 30-inch ford depth, 43.6-degree angle of approach, 20.3-degree breakover angle, 26-degree departure angle, and 11.1-inch ground clearance. It's slated to be the most capable off-road pickup truck ever.

The Gladiator's five-foot bed makes it about twenty inches longer than the Wrangler Unlimited, but it maintains a relatively short, maneuverable wheelbase--despite offering up to 35.5 cubic-feet of cargo space. It still has all the charming Jeep features that make the brand iconic, including removable doors, a soft removable roof, optional hard top, and a folding windshield.

Inside the Gladiator

The Gladiator's cab is well-equipped, especially for a mid-size pickup. It's practical for the trail and the jobsite with a washable five-passenger interior with drain plug, yet comfortable and entertaining with a modern 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system that features navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Seats are supportive and comfortable, and there's plenty of convenient storage for personal items, tools, and electronics throughout the interior.

Safety Systems

Most pickups in this class offer little in the way of driver assist tech--not so with the new Gladiator. We're glad to see that the Gladiator is much safer than its name implies, offering advanced safety systems like Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The frontal off-road camera is a nice touch as well. This unique safety suite makes the Gladiator safer on and off the road, so you've got a great setup for the highway, the city streets, and the wilderness all in one.

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We Can't Wait for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mid-Size Pickup Truck

The Jeep Gladiator is something a lot of us have been looking for for a long time. There are some competitors out there that are pretty good off-road, but not so great on the job site--or vice versa. It looks like the Gladiator will be a good choice for a versatile pickup that can handle off-road excursions, a hard day's work, and family time too. It's shaping up to be a truck that you and your family will be able to count on for many, many years to come, and chances are, it will become a legend in its own right in no time at all.

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