Following endless spy shots and multiple speculations, Jeep has finally revealed its all-new pick-up truck offering and it's called the Gladiator. This heroic sounding model, according to Jeep themselves, is their most capable mid-size offering.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload capacity and some serious off-road capability thanks to the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front and rear-axle lockers, a limited-slip differential, segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and 33-inch off-road tyres.
As for the powertrain, the Gladiator will come with a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine at launch with a three-litre V6 diesel engine being offered in 2020. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all Gladiator models equipped with the Pentastar V6, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional. The three-litre diesel engine, to be available starting in 2020, is rated at 260 horsepower, with start/stop function as standard. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and is designed to handle the increased torque output.
The Command-Trac 4x4 system, standard on Sport and Overland, features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and heavy-duty front and rear axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio. On the Gladiator Rubicon, a Rock-Trac 4x4 system features heavy-duty front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard as are locking differentials.
The Gladiator is available in four different trim configurations: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. Built in Toledo, Ohio, it will arrive in the US showrooms in the second quarter of 2019.