2020 Jeep Gladiator in Denver
2020 Jeep Gladiator in Denver

The First-Ever Jeep Gladiator: Jeep's Long-Awaited Pickup Arrives

There have been rumors of an upcoming Jeep pickup truck ever since the Jeep Comanche stopped production in 1992. We're glad to hear the news that the Jeep pickup truck is really finally happening: the 2020 Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup truck will be hitting the market soon.

The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is set to do double duty as an off-road pro that keeps up with the Jeep Wrangler it's based on, as well as serve as a capable work truck. It looks like it'll be able to do both jobs well, and with its roomy four-door cab, it should be a solid pick for family duty too. Trims for the Jeep Gladiator mirror the Wrangler's, with Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon models available.

The Heart of a Gladiator

Under the Gladiator's hood you'll find Jeep's tried-and-true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. The V6 makes 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which gets you the grip you need to take on tough inclines, as well as the power to haul 7,650 pounds of trailer and 1,600 pounds of payload. The Pentastar V6 is paired to your choice of a six-speed standard transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's expected that the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel six-cylinder motor will be available on later production 2020 Jeep Gladiator models, and it's possible other familiar Jeep motors will join the lineup, though we can't say for sure.

When it comes to 4x4 versatility, the Jeep Gladiator has other pickups in (and out of) its class beat handily. The Gladiator more than lives up to Jeep name, and you'll have no trouble keeping up with Jeep Wranglers off the road. Most trims offer Jeep's Command-Trac four-wheel-drive tech, while the extreme off-road optimized Jeep Gladiator Rubicon brings in the Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system. It's also equipped with Tru-Lok differentials, skid plates, tow hooks, FOX shocks, and all-terrain tires.

The Trail Rated Gladiator lineup offers low-end torque for plenty of bite on the trail, as well as two and a half feet of water fording depth, Dana 44s, a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a departure angle of 26 degrees, and nearly a foot of ground clearance.

The Build of a Gladiator

It's apparent at first glance that the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is based on the Wrangler, which we believe is a good thing. There are far too many "blah" pickups out there, and the Jeep look is iconic and well-loved. The Gladiator's build comes in a bit under two feet longer than the Wrangler Unlimited, with its five-foot truck bed offering up 35.5 cubic-feet of cargo space.

The Gladiator proves its "Jeepness" with classic Jeep design features that are well-loved by the Jeep community, including removable doors, a folding windshield, and removable soft-tops and hard-tops.

Inside the Gladiator's cab you'll find a practical, comfortable, and well-equipped passenger area. The interior is easily washable and comes with a removable drain plug, so you don't have to worry about spending all weekend at the carwash trying to get out all the trail dust.The five-passenger cab is spacious, with plenty of small item storage located throughout the cabin. Materials are tough, but aesthetic, with ergonomic controls and classic Jeep styling.

The Brains of a Gladiator

The Gladiator is off-road utility centered, but that doesn't mean it lacks smarts. The Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen system offers modern amenities like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation, and Bluetooth. A neat new feature is a removable Bluetooth speaker you can take out to your tent or worksite.

The Gladiator also offers a full suite of over 80 safety systems, keeping you safe and secure on the trail and in traffic. Features like Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, frontal-facing off-road cam, Adaptive Cruise Control, and backup cam are available.

The Legend of a Gladiator

The old Jeep Comanche and Jeep Scrambler pickups were legends, and it looks like the Jeep Gladiator midsize will find its way there as well. Classic Jeep styling, serious off-road capability, true work truck capability, and a family friendly cab with plenty of features all come together to make the Gladiator memorable and desirable.

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