The curtains have dropped on the hotly anticipated Jeep Gladiator.
Revealed overnight at the LA Auto Show, the Gladiator is set for arrival in the second quarter of 2019 and will be available in Sport, Sport S, Overland and top-of-the-range Rubicon trim.
OFF-ROAD REVIEW: Gladiator in the Sierra Nevada mountains
Jeep’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine will be offered with all variants, and it will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard – an eight-speed auto is optional. A 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 will be offered in 2020.
Allowing you to better hear that V6 pounding away at unrelenting terrain is that the Gladiator is the only true open-air pick-up – a soft-top and two hard-tops are available.
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“Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognisable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand - North America. “There is tremendous demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep customers and pickup truck buyers everywhere. Born from a rich and proud heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks, Gladiator combines rugged utility, versatility and functionality resulting in the most capable mid-size truck ever.”
Other highlights include third-gen Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, a Trac-Lok limited-slip diff and swaybar disconnect. The Gladiator can ford water at depths up to 30 inches (762mm); it can tow up to 7650 pounds (approx. 3500kg); and has a payload capacity of up to 1600 pounds (725kg).
A more detailed report can be found here; or just enjoy gorging on these photos.