The Jeep Gladiator picks up where the Comanche left off in 2001. Based on the current Wrangler design, the Gladiator is a truck-like vehicle which pairs a four-door cab with a five-foot bed and large off-road tires and advanced AWD system. While a diesel-powered V-6 will arrive at some point, only a petrol version will be available in 2020.
The 2020 Gladiators will be offered with a 285 hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 260 lb-ft of torque. This will be routed through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. As mentioned above, the Gladiator will eventually add a 260 HP diesel 3.0-liter V-6 that reportedly develops a mighty 442 lb-ft of twist. Choose the Max Towing package and it can tow up to 7650 pounds and carry 1600 punds in the cargo bed.
Inside, the Gladiator has a Wrangler-like upright dashboard festooned with user-friendly controls. There are optional convenience features such as a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. Compared with the standard Wrangler, the Gladiator is 31 inches longer overall. This stretched wheelbase improves back-seat legroom versus the four-door Wrangler. The Gladiator also has body and roof panels that can be easily removed to create a spacious, open-air cabin.
The Gladiator also has body and roof panels that can be easily removed to create a spacious, open-air cabin.
As mentioned above, the Gladiator is 31 inches longer overall and has an extra 19.4 inches between the front and rear wheels when compared with the present Wrangler. Our friends at East Hills Jeep explain that this improves the vehicles ride and handling when carrying any sort of cargo loads.
The 2020 Gladiators come with a standard touchscreen, but only the larger 7.0- and 8.4-inch displays come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The stereo system can also be upgraded with an optional subwoofer and portable wireless speaker behind the back seat. Front-seat passengers will be treaded to two USBs, a USB-C port, and a 115-volt outlet.
Along with its five-foot cargo bed, the Gladiator is filled with ingenious interior storage options. Its cabin has a handful of handy compartments hidden under the back seat. The seats themselves can be stowed in multiple ways and then securely locked in place for when the trail turns treacherous.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Gladiator will be available with a handful of driver-assistance features. The Rubicon model has a useful front-facing camera that will come in handy when blazing trails. Key safety features include Adaptive cruise control, Rear cross-traffic alert and Blind-spot monitoring.
Jeep plans a wide gamut of accessories for the 2020 Gladiator. This will include off-road equipment, everything from skid plates to rock-crawling axle ratios. Generous ground clearance and approach/departure angles further help the Gladiator conquer off-roading.
Jeep Gladiator Pricing
At the present time, 2020 Galdiator pricing is scheduled to $35,040 for the Sport version, $38,240 for the Sport S, $41,890 for the Overland and $45,040 for the Rubicon.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Gladiator will share a warranty that is similar to the rest of the Jeep lineup. Currently this is a limited warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles with a powertrain warranty covering 5 years or 60,000 miles. Two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered include the company’s Wave ownership program that provides two complimentary oil-change and tire-rotation services from the dealer per year for the first two years.
Most enthusiasts care about the truck’s off-road equipment which includes everything from skid plates to rock-crawling axle ratios. Generous ground clearance and approach/departure angles further help the Gladiator conquer off-roading. For our latest news and articles on cars visit our auto section here or subscribe to the Just A Guy Thing Newsletter.