Jeep Gladiator Goes Official With Best-In-Class Towing Capacity

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The automaker has teased this modern interpretation of a Jeep pickup for years with the memorable 2005 Gladiator concept and last-generation Wrangler conversions. The sides of the bed box were left low on goal for easy reach in to load or unload items.

The Gladiator's legendary seven-slot grilled remains (obviously) but the slots have been widened to boost engine air-intake, which Jeep claims is to assist with the vehicle's increased towing capacity.

The Gladiator is basically the JL Jeep that was new for 2018 with a bed on it. The latter will be the most off-road-focused and will feature aluminum-bodied 2-inch diameter Fox shocks, full-length sidebars, an additional bar for the bed area, and 33-inch mud-terrain Falken M/T tires with C load rating. For its part, Jeep says the Gladiator's frame is unique to the model.

About a yard longer than a four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the crew cab Gladiator has a five-foot bed, a removable roof and doors, and a windshield that can be folded down.

This isn't some lifestyle SUV in the modern sense either, Jeep keen to be seen as a "brand that backs it up" in terms of ability. A 115-volt plug is standard, as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The spare tire has been moved underneath, and there's room for aftermarket 37-inch tires, if you want to replace the factory 35s. Fiat Chrysler's venerable SUV brand has reentered the pickup truck market after a 27-year absence with the new Jeep Gladiator. It surely will handle hauling extra gear on your next Moab expedition. The damped, three-position tailgate in the middle setting matches up with the tops of the rear wheel housing and enables the Gladiator to carry 20 sheets of 4x8 plywood or drywall flat. USA buyers will see the Gladiator in their showrooms from Q2 next year, presumably while United Kingdom off-roadists peer wistfully across the Atlantic thinking what might have been.

Inside, the Gladiator Overland version's instrument panel features a soft-touch surface with accent stitching (also available as an option in the Rubicon). From the rear seat forward, the Jeep Gladiator is largely identical to the four-door Wrangler.

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The Gladiator will feature a choice of a standard soft top or optional hardtop in body or accent color. Maybe even more than the Wrangler, if that's possible.

In 2020, Jeep will offer the Gladiator with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 rated at 220 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque mated exclusively to the 8-speed automatic transmission. It will be available only with a six-speed automatic. The pickup is being assembled in the southern half of FCA's Toledo Assembly Complex, which also assembles the Wrangler.

Optional locking rear storage bins let you keep items safe and secure. We've already seen the first official photos of the Gladiator two weeks ago when the first specs also got leaked.

The Gladiator's interior will be familiar to Jeepers since it's largely plucked from the Wrangler down the standard roll-up windows on the Gladiator Sport.

Speaking of trims, the Gladiator will be offered in just three levels: Sport, Overland, and Rubicon. That makes it the only open top-pickup, and then some.

American's love trucks, they also love Jeeps, and rumors have been swirling about the rebirth of a Jeep truck for a long time.