The 2020 Gladiator Jeep Gets Forward-Facing Camera

July 1st, 2019 by

The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator was designed for several purposes but definitely to tackle any obstacle in its way. When it comes to assisting the off-roaders with situational awareness of these pathway obstructions, the Gladiator’s designers added an original front facing camera in the middle of the midsize truck’s grille. The camera will get activated with the images streaming right to the radio screen when pushing a button on the Uconnect Off-road pages.

The camera, which is exclusive to the Rubicon model, has more than 80 available advanced safety and security features available. The off-road camera detects the obstacles that are less than two feet in front of the bumper, and it can also go as far out as 10 feet in front of the Gladiator when it’s activated. The camera doesn’t only provides a view of the road but also the dynamic gridlines which will help navigate oncoming obstacles.

The designers have paid notice to the small details that the camera has. It’s an off-road camera, so it’s bound to get grimy. When the drivers want to remove the dust but stay with the feeling of comfortability on the Gladiator, the camera washer can be activated from the radio screen as well; so the radio screen has a dual purpose.

“The inspiration for the forward-facing camera was our customer, the Jeep enthusiast,” said Pete Milosavlevski, the chief engineer of the Gladiator, added that feedback for this camera came from riding with customers on an off-road trip. “We wanted to provide another innovative tool for the Jeep enthusiast to use and have a great time while they are off-roading.”

The Gladiator gets a 3.6-liter V6, which produces 285 horsepower. It returns up to 17 miles per gallon in the city, 22 on the highway, and 19 when it’s combined with the eight-speed automatic. The V6 gives power, and it’s able to tow up to 7,650 pounds, haul up to 1,600 pounds.

When purchasing the turbocharged 2.0-liter mild-hybrid engine on the Wrangler, it makes it lively and robust. The Gladiator’s Pentastar V6 is capable and more potent than the turbocharged four-cylinder. A 3.0-liter diesel is good for 260 hp, and 442 lb-ft torque is coming, and it should add some needed low-end torque to the range, but there’s a possibility that it won’t be seen for another few months after launch.

Jeep Gladiator TrailCam

It’s an excellent idea to have a trail camera, as the whole concept of Gladiator Rubicon and Jeeps, is to get dirty and dusty. Removing the soft-top, removing the doors, dropping the windshield and putting on some goggles and you can make a raccoon face of mud. All that dirt, dust and other road goo are going to coat that camera and render it useless; so Jeep created a sprayer to clean it off.

Jeep Gladiator Off-Road Capability

Jeep knows that when rock-crawling on Moab, the Rubicon Trail, drivers can’t see what’s coming ahead. That’s when looking through the windshield is common, and what they’ll see is only the sky. Does the road disappear into the abyss? Drivers won’t know.

Jeep has installed a forward-facing camera, and it’s called the TrailCam, and on the Gladiator pickup the driver can see clearly what is in front of the truck, and the image will be projected through the infotainment system. The idea is smart, and one that took so long to arrive. It’s a tried and true way to determine what is ahead when it comes to safety.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Features

The Gladiator Rubicon models have exclusive forward-facing off-road TrailCam, and it allows the what’s ahead to be seen easily by the driver as well as the passenger. The front camera is mounted behind the middle slot of Gladiator’s seven-slot grille. It can be retrieved through the available off-road pages in the infotainment menus.

Jeep Gladiator TrailCam

To have a trail camera is a great idea, because the whole concept of Gladiator Rubicon and Jeeps, is to get down, dirty and dusty. When removing the soft-top, removing the doors, dropping the windshield and putting on some goggles and you can make a raccoon face of mud. All the dirt, dust and road goo that coats the camera and it renders it futile; so Jeep produced a sprayer to clean it off.

The TrailCam Washer

The squirter on it is just like the one that washes the windshield, so it uses the same fluid that’s already in the vehicle. To make it squirt, tap a button on the infotainment screen. Out it comes, and if you do it twice, it will stay clean.

It was something that many couldn’t stop doing at the recent Jeep Gladiator media event at the New England Motor Press Association headquarters. Especially when someone stood in front of the Gladiator.

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