THE very first 2020 Jeep Gladiator has rolled off the production line at the FCA’s Toledo facility.
Photos and videos circulating overnight (our time) on social media stamped the momentous occasion into the history books, with the folks from the Jeep Gladiator Forum getting the scoop.
An eagle-eyed Jeep Gladiator Forum member noticed the Silver Gladiator was fitted with the Trail Rail system and tonneau cover, indicating that these options won’t delay shipment.
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The 2020 Gladiator officially debuted at the 2018 LA Auto Show and will arrive in US showrooms in the second quarter of 2019 – Aussies will have to wait a bit longer, as it will land locally sometime in 2020.
The pick-up, to be available in Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon configurations, will leave the Toledo, Ohio, plant with the well-known 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine that generates 213kW and 353Nm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but an eight-speed auto will be an option. From 2020, however, a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 will be available, mated to an eight-speed auto.
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Sports and Overland models come packed with the Command-Trac system as standard; while the Rubicon models get the Rock-Trac 4x4 system.
We'll be heading to the United States in April for the launch, so stay tuned for specs and pricing.
2020 JEEP GLADIATOR OFF-ROAD SPECS
Approach angle: 43.6 degrees
Rampover angle: of 20.3 degrees
Departure angle: 26 degrees
Ground clearance: 282mm
Water fording: 762mm
Towing capacity: 3500kg
Payload capacity: 725kg