Is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator a Wrangler an SUV or a Pickup Truck?
It’s a pickup truck. A real pickup truck and a midsize one at that. A Jeep truck. Eagerly anticipated, the Jeep Gladiator is finally coming and its real. A real truck with 2 seats up front and 3 in the back. Not just a Jeep Wrangler with a bed attached to the back. Built on a truck frame, with the ability to tow, it’s longer and bigger than a Wrangler.
Coming to showrooms in the 2nd quarter of 2019
- 3.6L V6 Engine with Start/Stop technology (3.0L EcoDiesel coming later)
- Choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission
- Up to 7,650 lbs towing capacity
- Up to 1,600 lbs of payload capability
- Crew cab
- 5′ steel bad
- 3.73 Axle ratio (Rubicon is 4.10)
- Command-Trac shift on the fly 4×4 system with a 2.72:1 crawl ratio
- Dana 44 axles
- Trac-Lok limited slip diff
- Up to 30″ water fording
(see Rubicon specs under trim levels)
|Approach Angle||40.8 degrees||40.8 degrees||43.4 degrees|
|Breakover Angle||18.4 degrees||18.4 degrees||20.3 degrees|
|Departure Angle||25 degrees||25 degrees||26 degrees|
All trim levels get a push-button start, rear under seat storage and lockable read behind seat storage. A six-way manual adjustment driver’s seat and 4-way manual adjusting passenger seat is also standard for all trims. Then there’s the removable carpets and a drain plug for a wash-out interior.
‘Sport’ trims get a class II bumper hitch with four-pin and seven-pin wiring as standard. Cloth interior, a dampened tailgate, cargo lights and roll up windows. Halogen headlamps accented by a body-colored grille and fog lamps are included. Skid plates cover the transfer case and fuel tank. Wheels are steel, painted black and wrapped in 17″All-Season 245/75 R17 BSW Bridgestone Dueler H/Ts.
Over and above what the ‘Sport’ trim level already has, the ‘Sport S’ will get 17′ aluminum wheels, power windows, and power locking doors/tailgate. Also added is remote keyless entry, and power heated mirrors. (Available upgrade to the 7″ screen with Apple CarPlay Android Auto capability).
Includes all feature on the ‘Sport S’ but adds body-color fender flares, 18″ aluminum wheels, 7″ touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Tinted rear and quarter windows, as well as automatic headlamps and side steps, are included. Leather seats are available as an option on the ‘Overland’.
- 33″ off-road tires (Rubicon)
- Rock-Trac NV241 OR shift on the fly transfer case, 4:1 low gear ratio and crawl ratios of 84.2:1 (manual trans Rubicon) or 77.2:1 (auto trans Rubicon).
- Forward-facing camera (on Rubicon)
- Tru-Lock electric front and rear axle lockers (Rubicon)
- Electronic sway bar disconnect (Rubicon)
- FOX monotube shocks (Rubicon)
- Heavy duty off-road bumpers front and rear (Rubicon)
Top of the range and off-road ready, as well the off-road specs listed, the Rubicon also gets; heavy gauge tubular steel rock rails and rock rails for the bed corners. Two-piece high-clearance fender flares in black or optional body-color. As well as the other skid plates, the Rubicon gets an extra brush guard one on the front. 18″ Falken Wildpeak A/T tires (M/Ts are optional), and 4 tow hooks. Exclusive on the Rubicon interior is LED center console ambient lamp and Rubicon premium cloth seats. Leather seats are an option.
“There is tremendous demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep customers and pickup truck buyers everywhere. Born from a rich and proud heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks. Gladiator combines rugged utility, versatility, and functionality resulting in the most capable midsize truck ever,” says Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand – North America.
All trims get at least one USB port and aux port and a 12v power outlet and 8 speakers.
Jeep Gladiator ‘Sport’ trim lines will get a 5″ touchscreen as standard with UConnect 3. A 7″ screen with UConnect 4 can be added through a package upgrade. ‘Overland’ and ‘Rubicon’ trims will get the 7″ touchscreen with Uconnect 4 as standard. An upgrade to the 8.4″ UConnect with NAV can be added with a package to ‘Overland’ and ‘Rubicon’s’. The 7″ and 8.4″ screens add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
Of course, with it a being a Jeep truck, there will be a plethora of accessories available to customize the Gladiator. Some package and Equipment groups available from the factory include;
- Trailer tow package.
- Premium LED lighting group.
- Cold weather group.
- Premium audio.
- Active Safety group (Blind Spot and Cross-Path Detection, LED Taillamps, ParkSense Rear Park-Assist).
- Advanced safety group (Advanced Brake Assist, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Enhanced Adaptive Cruise Control).
- Smokers group.
- Aux switch group.
- Cargo management with Trail Rail System.
Spray in bed liners, fender flares (standard on Overland), winch-capable steel front bumper and a forward facing trail cam are just some of the other available extras.
There are 4 choices of roof/top configurations from the factory. Sunrider folding soft top with sunroof feature is standard. Other choices include a Black Freedom Top (3-piece hard top) and the Body-Color-3-Piece-Hard Top. Then there is the Premium Black Sunrider Soft Top. The Dual Top Group has both the black Freedom Top (hard top) and black Sunrider Top (soft top).
No prices revealed as this is written, but you can build your Jeep Gladiator on the Jeep website. This could be a popular choice of vehicle in Wyoming, and in the Rocky Mountain region. What do you think?
Contact your local Jeep dealership for more info.
Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. A car geek, photographer, big game chaser and bagpipe player, powered by coffee. Send your questions to: