Jeep Gladiator Officially Debuts As The Only Convertible Pickup Truck On Market

This is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

This is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

The mid-size rival to the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma originally emerged in 2004, but it never got made.

At launch, the Gladiator will be powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 making 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. From 2020, a 3.0-litre diesel V6 that makes 240hp and 570Nm of torque will also be available.

Official pricing is not yet available.

Although these are the same five-lug axles used on the lighter-duty Wrangler SUV, Jeep engineers have upgraded the shafts and splines to give them more strength for the extra payload and towing capabilities needed for a pickup.

In Los Angeles debuted a new generation of "Gladiator".

The new Jeep Gladiator is created to be as rugged and capable as the Wrangler it's based on. The real details that off-roaders are wanting to know to determine if the Gladiator deserves the Jeep name and JL looks is length and approach/breakover/departure angles.

Fiat Chrysler Automobile's head of Jeep brand for North America, Tim Kuniskis, said the Gladiator was unquestionably a truck and instantly recognisable as a Jeep. "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". However, the Gladiator is two and a half feet longer than the four-door Wrangler.

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Jeep enthusiasts will feel right at home inside the Gladiator as the driver's position and access to vehicle information and controls are similar, if not identical, to the Wrangler Unlimited setup. The crawl ratio of 84.2:1 is exclusive to the Rubicon with the six-speed manual while the eight-speed automatic transmission makes do with 77.2:1. A 3.0L EcoDeisel V6 with ESS and an eight speed automatic will arrive in 2020.

After a almost 14-year tease of just-over-the-horizon promises and someday-soon product plans, Jeep showed the first production pickup to carry the brand's name in a generation: the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be available in four different variants (Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon) and will be built at the company's Toledo plant in Ohio.

The Gladiator features an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees, 11.1 inches of ground clearance and is capable of fording up to 30 inches of water. In other words, this thing will be able to take care of business off-road. In fact, its maximum tow and payload ratings of 7,650 pounds and 1,600 pounds are best-in-class among midsize gasoline crew-cab 4x4s.

The Gladiator instrument cluster is either a 3.5-inch or 7-inch configurable display as well.

For hard off-road terrain, the Gladiator will have an optional forward-facing camera enabling the driver to see obstructions just ahead on the trail. Workers on the Gladiator line are building pilots daily, with production slated to ramp up significantly after the first of the year.

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