Jeep Gladiator 2020- Is it the pickup version of Wrangler truck?
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is Jeep’s first pickup truck in almost 30 years, since the production of Jeep Comanche pickup truck ended in 1992. For years the enthusiasts have been asking Jeep to make a pickup truck out of Wrangler, to a point where several aftermarket companies have been converting the Wranglers into pickup trucks since the Jeep wouldn’t do it. Finally the Jeep is going to make pickup truck name Jeep Gladiator that in simple words is truck made out of Wrangler. As for the Americans, they are already loving it since the Jeep Gladiator sold out its first lot just in the first 24 hours.
Enough with the overview, let’s talk about the Gladiator now. The Gladiator will indeed come with 4-doors and 4wd. Jeep has provided 3 different trim levels for the Gladiator. The cheapest one named Sport then comes the Sport-S followed by mid-priced Overland and the most expensive badass is the Rubicon. The base model starts at $35,000 then goes to the Overland which starts at $42,000 and finally the Rubicon starts at $45,000. As for the launch, the Gladiator is set to display and start its delivery to customers in summer, 2019.
Engine, Performance & Transmission:
3.6L V6 engine is only the only engine offered in Gladiator currently. The engine makes about 285 Hp with 265 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). With that you get a choice between 8-speed Automatic or a 6-speed Manual Transmission. Jeep has also announced its plan to launch the Diesel version of Gladiator in upcoming year with engine making 260hp and 440 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque.
Every Gladiator is a convertible!
Yes, you read that right. Every Jeep Gladiator has a convertible roof even though it looks like it has a fixed roof. So the Jeep Gladiator quite successfully carries the legacy of 1989 Dodge Dakota. However there is an option between hardtop and soft top to choose. The hard top comes with 4 panels. The front 2can be detached easily in 30 seconds whereas the rear 2 require to unscrew bolts and disconnect the electric connection between defroster and roof panels since it has real glass window. The whole process takes between 5-15 minutes depending upon your frequency with tools. The hardtop version also has a smaller window opening from the rear as any pickup truck. So the convertible hardtop Gladiator is just like your normal pickup truck with all features present in normal trucks. However the soft top version comes with plastic window at back with cloth attached as roof obviously. So you grab the cloth part from side start to remove it, do the same on other side and pull the rear window off followed by removing panels. Takes about 2 minutes at max.
Interesting Features & Specifications:
As I already said Jeep Gladiator is only available in 4-door version which means it is an upsetting news for the long bed truck lovers who like to camp on bigger floor bed in pickup truck. According to the Jeep the 4-door version fulfills 80% of the needs for full cab 4-door pickup truck with shorter bed. The 5-foot bed of Gladiator according to the Jeep can easily hold up 94% motorcycles on sale in the states currently, which means the 4-door version is fulfilling the needs of majority along with being compatible with adventures. The bed of Gladiator comes with factory fitted Tunno cover that locks as soon as you lock the bed from behind. It is easily foldable and removable with stretching just two latches. The Gladiator has 1800 pounds of payload capacity to carry your stuff through, making it stronger and better than other pickup trucks in league.
On the inside you get a built-in Bluetooth speaker at back of rear seat fitted into chargeable dock which you can take out in camp fires as you sing along the guitar in woods (or maybe not). Underneath the rear seat are two individual lockable storage compartment for both sides. In front the console has a pouch with all necessary equipment to open and close the hard and soft top conversion into convertible. Enough with the cosmetics, the Jeep Gladiator comes with off-road cruise control feature called ‘Selux speed’ which is activated by pressing a little Jeep button on center console. What it does is that it will glide the Gladiator over obstacles and off-road patches itself on 5mph speed and 4wd function. If you get stuck, the computer will send right amount of power and angle to wheels in order to get you out of there. The front grille for Gladiator is slightly wider than the regular Wrangler in order to provide more airflow for more towing. In the front the Gladiator has a “trail cam” mounted inside the grille which will navigate you from the inside providing high-resolution display of what you rock you are about to run over along with steering directions. The trail cam is fitted with washer which washes the camera since it might get muddy during off-roading. However this feature along with limited slip differential for rear & front and for rear are also list of options that come in off-roading Rubicon version only.
Driving the Gladiator:
The Gladiator pretty much drives like the Wrangler, which in other words mean nice on road and brutal on the off-road. So it’s a no question about the driving of Gladiator.
Gladiator vs the Competition:
The Gladiator Rubicon being the most expensive trim costs $45,000 which may seem a little high from competitors but when you notice that Tacoma TRD also costs about $44,000 you get the idea. Henceforth the Jeep Gladiator is way cooler than its competitors such as Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger and GMC Sera Denali. In other words, Gladiator is undoubtedly the best mid-range pickup truck to be offered in market currently.