We got a sneak peek at the much anticipated 2020 Jeep Gladiator. This mid-size pickup truck rides on an extended version of the Wrangler platform, so, it's like a good thing, but more of that good thing. Micah Muzio had 20 minutes to shoot it and talk about it. Here's almost six minutes of pure Gladiator-ness. Are you not entertained?
Correction: The 3.0L diesel specs should say 260 hp and 442 lb-ft. Sorry for the error!
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We've been granted early access to the 2020 Jeep gladiator pickup truck but we only have like 20 minutes to shoot it better get moving like the return of Szechuan dipping sauce Jeep gladiator is an impossible dream come to life based on the latest Jeep Wrangler platform the mid-size gladiator pickup rides on an extended 137 inch wheelbase with a single body.
Style four doors five seats and a five-foot steel bed that can accommodate a 1600 pound payload let's talk about the cargo box one its low you can easily reach over and grab stuff is it easy to get into let's find out it's more awkward if you're wearing a suit but you can sort of leap inside while we're in here there's a ton of tie-down spots right here the optional tracks here look.
You've got a three prong power outlet which is great for I don't know margarita machine probably I really like this check it out there's a tire tread pattern right here to let you know that this is exactly where your motorcycle should go let's talk about the tailgate though it's damped boys are damped well this is a neat trick check it out it's got these little tabs right here where.
You can put the cables and leave the tailgate in a mid position for hauling long items who wants plywood underneath the bed hides a full-size spare with enough room for a 35 inch tire you'll also find a gladiator specific 5 link solid axle suspension the pickup truck bed is an obvious differentiator but there's actually a ton of commonality between the gladiator and the Wrangler.
You can flip the windshield down you can take the roof off and the doors come off for a true open-air experience it really is like a Wrangler that is also a pickup track wear roof options are concerned there's an easy folding Sunrider soft top and a black or body style three-piece hardtop with a manual sliding rear window and removable roof panels inside if you've seen the.
Wrangler the gladiator will be familiar the dashboard and center stack are identical a 5-inch touchscreen comes standard but 7 and 8.4 inch units are optional it's in the second row where the gladiator really changes things up there are 60/40 split fold seats with cargo space behind here and these seats lock in place so that stuff safe when you're out on the trail.
But outside of your Jeep if you flip the seats up there's more cargo space under here with little dividers same thing on this side flip cargo you can take these dividers out and put something long under here and again these have locks which are optional that'll keep all your stuff safe if you're not near your vehicle and then one last thing that I think is super cool a bolt bin check.
This out for all the bolts that go into taking up when you take off your doors you they all go into these specific slots and it tells you exactly which bolts need to go where and for where they're from that's for the Blue Shield that one's for the windows meet I'm sweating after all that climbing around the gladiator but there's one more challenge let's see how I the.
Quintessential average American male fits in the back seats Wow okay the front seat is said for my normal driving position and I'm told this is best-in-class rear seat legroom yeah story checks out a ton of space under the front seat my knees are nowhere near the seat back this is very comfortable rear seat back angle perfectly manageable it sit in the.
Middle seat a little bit more upright but that could do this and look cup holders I am an American after all at launch the gladiators loan engine will be a 3.6 liter v6 featuring engine start/stop technology and it'll come teamed with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic wait until 2020 and you can choose a three liter diesel engine paired.
Exclusively with an 8-speed automatic being a jeep four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case naturally comes standard and if you plan to tow just be sure to keep your load under the gladiators claim the best-in-class seven thousand six hundred and fifty pound max filling out the gladiator lineup are four trims starting with the base sport moving up to the sport s and overland.
Trims and peaking with the off-road oriented Rubicon trim which offers 11 inches of ground clearance locking front and rear differentials a four to one transfer case gnarly tires electronic front sway bar disconnect and a front camera for extra visibility when crawling among the gladiators more compelling optional features our adaptive cruise control blind spot.
Warning a spray in bedliner a rollup tonneau cover a track life limited slip differential for these sport and overland trims and removable wireless speakers that dock behind the rear seats making it easy to fill your campsite with music or the moral ambiguity of acclaimed podcast serial your choice in modern G fashion I'm told there are numerous Easter eggs hidden around the.
Gladiator I haven't had time to find them all but I do know if you look right here that's 401 9 that's the area code for Toledo where it's built and there's a heart when Jeep starts cranking these things out they'll be built at the same Toledo Ohio factory where they build the Wrangler in total the 2020 Jeep gladiator takes everything you love about the Wrangler and adds pickup truck.
Utility it's pretty cool I'm guessing when it goes on sale in the second quarter of 2019 it is going to move quite briskly so if you'd like a Jeep badged pickup truck get your order in early this one's mine