A Comeback Story for the Ages
The original Jeep Gladiator J series was an incredible pickup loved by Jeep fans all over. The original model was in production from 1962 to 1988 with a single generation body! While Jeep didn’t go away, they didn’t produce a pickup again until 2019. This revival was a cause for celebration for Jeep lovers everywhere.
If you want to see what’s going on in the world of pickups, it might be a good idea to take a deep dive into the Jeep Gladiator.
New Features of the Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck
The original Jeep Gladiator didn’t see many changes over its 20-year lifespan. But there’s plenty to talk about with the 2020 model of the JT series. Let’s take a look at some of the differences and see what makes the 2020 Gladiator the North American Truck of the Year!
Jeep Wranglers are the most iconic vehicle in Jeep’s lineup, there’s no mistaking the look: boxy frames, soft tops, and that famous slotted grill. If you’re a fan of this classic look, the Gladiator delivers… and then some. The biggest difference? The Gladiator sports a pickup bed that helps you take on the tough jobs.
The soft top is a standard feature (hardtop optional!) and you better believe you can take the doors off this summer! Inside the Gladiator you’ll find a beautiful dash that is very reminiscent of the early Gladiator models.
However, they’ve got all of the modern accommodations you can think of, like a touchscreen system and Bluetooth capabilities. It’s a great mix of everything you know and love about Jeep. But with an incomparable range of sophisticated modern technology.
That’s all well and dandy, but what’s the heat it’s packing under the hood?
Under the Hood
The 2019 Jeep Gladiator is a well-equipped vehicle with some impressive stats in its category. Certain trim levels are rated for towing capacity at 7,650 lbs. As well as a payload capacity of 1,700 lbs in the bed. Talk about a tough mother trucker! At the time, it beat out every other crew-cab 4×4 midsize truck.
The 2019 Gladiator has an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. It is rated for 23/25 mpg city/hwy, all powered by a 2.0L I4 DOHC DI Turbo eTorque Engine. To say that the 2019 Gladiator is ready for some serious business is an understatement.
Meanwhile, the 2020 model Gladiator gets some special treatment with a 3.6L V6 engine. It’s rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with an optional 6-speed and 8-speed transmission. And to boot, the Gladiator is still the only midsize pickup with standard four-wheel drive!
The premium off-road trim Rubicon has a specific four-wheel-drive system aimed at offroading. It features locking front and rear differentials. As well as a 4.10 low-range gear ratio that gives you extra control when you’re off the pavement.
Speaking of being off the pavement, let’s take a look at those off-road capabilities!
Not only does the Gladiator sport the illustrious trail-rated badge. But it’s the only pickup truck that has ever been awarded one! If there’s one thing Jeep knows how to do, it’s how to produce astonishing off-road vehicles. Certainly, the Gladiator is no exception.
This badge means that the Gladiator passed a series of grueling tests. Tests that proved it can handle its own on a variety of off-road environments. When you see the trail-rated badge on a Jeep 4×4, you know it’s gone through the wringer to prove its off-road prowess.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Jeep is planning the production of its first-ever desert rated vehicle for the spring of 2020, the Gladiator Mojave. It’s designed for traction, ride control, stability, maneuverability, and ground clearance in desert environments. If you thought the first edition of the 2020 Gladiator was tough, you haven’t seen anything yet!
The Jeep Gladiator Legacy Continues
We’re willing to bet that if you’re already a Jeep driver, you’re hooked for life. Jeep has mastered the art of off-roading, and the Jeep Gladiator makes it evident that they plan to keep the legacy going. They’ve been leading the field for decades!
However, if you’re not part of the Jeep crowd, it’s never too late to check out what all the hubbub’s about. You can start wherever you like, but we’ve got a pretty good mix in our inventory. Small ones, tall ones, whatever you please!