To some, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a truck they’ve been waiting for since the 1990’s Jeep Comanche left the market. Though the Gladiator may bring some back to the clunky Comanche for nostalgic reasons The Gladiator is a completely different animal, and may turn out to be one of the most popular Jeep models of all time. Based on the legendary Wrangler, the Gladiator truck version includes an “initially” unnerving four-door cab with a somewhat useful five-foot box along with some serious off-road equipment.
While it is based on the Wrangler, the Gladiator is unique from that off-roader, in that it has a frame that is 31 inches longer and a wheelbase that is 19.4 inches longer to allow for the 5-foot cargo bed.
Thanks to the folks at Jeep Gladiator Forum, we can bring you these photos of the first 2020 Jeep Gladiator to roll off the production line at the Toledo, Ohio factory. The Gladiator in question is a Rubicon model painted Billet Silver equipped with the Trail Rail system, a tonneau cover for the bed, and all-terrain tires. That’s a good sign for potential buyers who want to add those accessories and plenty more. Not all automakers have these accessories ready to go at launch…more at CarBuzz
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We do know the new truck is based on the latest Wrangler model but is longer thanks to the 5-foot bed grafted to the back. Two powertrains are available: a standard 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 260 pounds-feet of torque — which will be the only engine at launch — and a 260-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine pumping out 442 pounds-feet of torque. Jeep says the diesel will be available in 2020. The gas engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic, while the diesel comes only with the automatic… keep reading
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Americans bought 524,000 small, starter pickup trucks last year — about 1,400 a day — but not one of them had removable doors.
In a few weeks, that small but noteworthy gap in the market will be filled by the Jeep Gladiator, a new rig that represents Fiat-Chrysler’s initial bid to re-enter one of the industry’s hottest segments. More Jeep Gladiator Here