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JeepThe 2019 Jeep Gladiator

JeepThe 2019 Jeep Gladiator

It's been a long time coming, but a pickup truck is finally returning to the Jeep stable after being without for more than 25 years. The suspension consists of a lateral and four longitudinal control arms up front shared with the Wrangler, while the rear rides on a five-link coil suspension exclusive to the Jeep pickup for improved on-road ride comfort. Indeed, Jeep has a history of separate nameplates for its pickups, including Gladiator, Scrambler (which had been rumored to get the nod), and Comanche. Jeep says the 2020 Gladiator will show up in dealerships in Q2 2019, with pricing to be confirmed closer to that point.

The Gladiator is based on the Wrangler and takes a lot of design cues from the SUV. Word then surfaced that the truck would be the Gladiator, another Jeep name of yore. Compared to a Wrangler Unlimited, the Gladiator is 31 inches longer overall and 19.4 inches longer in wheelbase (78.7 cm, 49.3 cm).

With a ground clearance of 282mm, these Gladiators are capable of fording water up to 76cm deep.

Under-rail bed lighting and integrated tie-downs are also to be found in the bed, and there's an optional power system that adds a 400W, 115 volt three-prong outlet. The spare tire has been moved underneath, and there's room for aftermarket 37-inch tires, if you want to replace the factory 35s. Fiat Chrysler's venerable SUV brand has reentered the pickup truck market after a 27-year absence with the new Jeep Gladiator. The more we look into the specs, the more we love this new truck.

The Jeep Gladiator will be available with either of the Wrangler Unlimited's two roof options.

Each of the doors can also be removed by activating a handle under the armrests. A spray-in liner and tonneau cover are available as options in the United States and underneath the tray is space for a full-size (up to 35-inch) tyre. Now, with the mid-size truck segment growing and growing in the US, Jeep has seen it fit to bring it back in Gladiator format. But even parked side-by-side, it's hard to distinguish the Gladiator's grille from the Wrangler's.

Jeep Gladiator 2020

2010 Jeep Gladiator is powered by a standard 3.6 liter V5 Pentastar engine offering 285 hp power and 353 Nm torque mated to a standard 6 speed manual gearbox or 8 speed automatic sending power to all four wheels.

"Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognizable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure", said Tim Kuniskis, head of Jeep Brand - North America. It will be available only with a six-speed automatic.

Inside, the Gladiator mirrors the Wrangler-at least until the rear seat. The damped, three-position tailgate in the middle setting matches up with the tops of the rear wheel housing and enables the Gladiator to carry 20 sheets of 4x8 plywood or drywall flat. This allows higher vehicle speeds with the rear locker engaged, Allen says, and you can bet this feature will migrate to the Wrangler lineup, likely by the '20 model year.

The new Jeep Gladiator is created to be as rugged and capable as the Wrangler it's based on.

The Gladiator can be equipped some limited active safety tech including forward-collision warnings and blind-spot monitors, but no automatic emergency braking is available. Jeep has shaken up the trim levels from what's available in the Wrangler models. At launch, it comes with four packages: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. Newly designed monotube shocks are used on all trims with special high-performance Fox aluminum shocks reserved for the Rubicon.

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