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All-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator and Jeep’s long last pickup truck history

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator was reborn and revealed to the world on November 28th at the LA Auto Show. Yes. Reborn. You got it right. Many of you may know that Jeep has a long-lasting history of its pickup truck models, and Jeep Gladiator was one of them. We can’t be excited enough to see this beast come back to life with a better design, greater power, and claimed to be “the most capable midsize truck ever”. But first, let’s look at how Jeep trucks have evolved over the last 71 years.

1947 – 1965: Willys-Overland Jeep 4x4 Truck was introduced shortly after releasing the CJ series. It first came with 63-hp L-head four-cylinder engine.

1957 – 1965: Jeep FC (Forward Control) Series – This is one of the coolest pickup trucks ever made. There were two choices of the engine including a 72-hp (SAE gross) L-head four-cylinder in the 3/4-ton FC-150 or a 115-hp inline-six in the 1-ton FC-170.

1963 – 1987: Jeep Gladiator / J-series – Jeep’s longest-running pickup. The ancestor of the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. The Jeep Gladiator had been through history with the Jeep brand from its first owner – Kaiser, to AMC, and FCA. The Gladiator initially came with a 230-cubic-inch inline-six making 140 horsepower.

1967 – 1973: Jeep Jeepster Commando / Commando came with four different body styles: convertible, roadster, wagon, and pickup. The 75 horsepower Jeeps was powered by L-head four-cylinder engine.

1981 – 1985: Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler – Looking at the CJ-8, you can see the similarity between this design and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator – a front look of a Wrangler with a pickup bed on the back. An 82-hp four-cylinder or a 110-hp inline-six were the two options for this model.

1986 – 1992: Jeep Comanche – if you’d put a look of a classic Cherokee combine with a pickup bed and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder with throttle-body fuel injection and 117 horsepower, you’d get a Jeep Comanche.

2011–: Mopar Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Conversion Kit

Jeep’s factory-offered pickup-truck line ended in 187. However, four-door Jeep Wrangler owners can transform their ride into an absolutely wicked pickup Jeep. But, they might not want to do it anymore since the Gladiator has made its comeback with a better design, greater capabilities, and is loaded with advanced features and technologies.

2018: All-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator

A love-hate relationship is what can be used to describe my first impression of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. But, the more you look at it, the more mesmerizing it is. The off-road elements from a Wrangler combined with a pickup truck’s capabilities bring out its the edginess and versatilities in its natural habitats.

The Design

The iconic seven-slot grille was widened kept on the new Jeep Gladiator to bring out that rugged and distinguished look that you cannot miss. From the front end of the Gladiator, LED headlamps and fog lamps are equipped for both Overland and Rubicon models. You can easily see a halo around the outside perimeter of the headlights due to daytime running lights feature. I have to say that the new Gladiator inherits quite a bit from its previous models and the Wrangler. For instance, the traditional square tail lamps feature available LED lighting and give way to a wide tailgate opening for unobstructed loading of cargo into the bed. It doesn’t just stop there. There is a covered external power source (400W 115-volt, three-prong) and strong integrated tie-downs, under-rail bed lighting, that provide durability and versatility.

33-inch off-road tires, Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, a Trac-Lok limited-slip differential and a segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect system are also equipped with the Gladiator. We can confidently say that it’s off-road friendly!

A Torx bit kit is provided to eliminate the confusion when removing and attaching the lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors. Plus, the possibilities to customize your Gladiator are endless with dozens of different door, top, and windshield combinations.

Available trim levels: Sport, Sport S, Overland, Rubicon

Engine

The all-new Jeep Gladiator offers the proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine at launch with a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V-6 engine being offered in 2020, as well as eight-speed automatic transmission, and six-speed manual transmission.

Utility and Durability

With the legendary Jeep 4X4 capability, Gladiator Sport, Overland and Rubicon models are all qualified for the Trail Rated badge. Which being said, these models include:

  • Command-Trac 4x4 system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio standard on Sport and Overland models
  • Rock-Trac 4x4 system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials standard on Rubicon models
  • Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks
  • Standard on Rubicon rear steel heavy-duty off-road rear bumper and available front steel winch-ready bumper with removable end caps
  • Approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees and ground clearance of 11.1 inches
  • Aggressive available 17-inch off-road wheels; Rubicon models get 33-inch tires standard
  • Up to 30 inches of water fording
  • Up to 7,650-lb. towing and 1,600-lb. 4x4 payload capacity

Technologies

And you can be sure that the new Jeep Gladiators come with many advanced technologies including 80 available safety and security features as well as the fourth-generation Uconnect system.

When will it arrive?

Toledo, Ohio has been assembled Jeep vehicles since 1941 and will be the place to build the all-new Jeep Gladiator. Jeep lovers can expect this beast to arrive at your local dealership early this spring. Keep an eye out for an announcement from London City Chrysler on the arrival of the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.