The 2020 Jeep Gladiator and It’s New Features
The inside of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator offers several unique features that only the Jeep could offer. Exclusive all-new rear seats have secure storage design, open-air freedom, and a heritage-inspired center stack are among the intuitive features provided in a Gladiator. The precision craftsmanship and high-quality materials resulted in the Gladiator being named one of Awards 10 Best Interiors for 2019.
“The Gladiator’s rugged interior styling is a subtle balance of premium materials, must-have features, and technology that turns the basic daily drive into an adventure,” said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, FCA. “The truck encompasses the spirit of the Jeep brand while checking all the boxes our customers desire.”
These offerings include the ability to take the doors off and the top off, something unique to the Gladiator. It comes with a push-button starter, which features a weatherproof surround that comes standard. The touchscreen is a 7.0- or an available 8.4-inch. It houses the fourth-generation Uconnect system and sits prominently atop the center stack.
“We think that all of the thoughtfulness that we put into the interior offers the customer something that they’ve always wanted in a pickup truck, but was never available to them,” said Chris Benjamin, head of Jeep engineering design. “The Gladiator is about functionality. It is about how you use it. It is about your lifestyle.”
One of the handiest features in the Gladiator is the rear seat, which offers several different storage solutions. The back seat is divided into a 60-40 configuration and can be folded up into “stadium” position to a standard open storage bin. There’s also an optional lockable bin to provide secure storage space when the top or doors are removed.
The lockable storage bin that is available corresponds to the 60/40 split back seat cushion, and it features two different sized doors. It has the same lock as the center console and glove box. Removable dividers provide up to five separate compartments to allow for storage of items.
“The great thing about it is that the seat is lockable” Benjamin added. “When you are out exploring and you’ve got the doors off, and you’ve got the roof off, you can still have your items in there, and they are secured, and you don’t have to worry.” He added that the Gladiator is the latest in a long line of Jeep vehicles “that inspire people to take adventures and try new things.”
Milosavlevski moved back to cars in 2013 Dodge Dart before leading the 2016 Ram ProMaster/ProMaster City program. Then in 2016, his dream came true: he was named chief engineer for this 2019 Jeep Gladiator. Given his passion for capability development, he enjoys “working through problems to ensure customer expectations.”
Leading Gladiator from concept to launch, proving pre-production Gladiators through tests that included tough off-road challenges. Even the Rubicon Trail “has been the highlight of my career.” TruckTrend sat down with Milosavlevski at the Gladiator media launch in Sacramento after test-driving them on the freeways and twisty two-lanes and through an extremely aggressive off-road course.
Truck Trend asked why wait so long to do this product and Pete Milosavlevski responded with “timing. As the economy changed and fuel prices spiked, program priorities and strategies shifted, so trying to sell this program at that time would be difficult. It was always out there but wasn’t where the focus was. We had a midsize Dakota filling this spot, but that went away after the bankruptcy, and the Toyota Tacoma has dominated for quite a few years”.
What are the primary differences between the Wrangler and the Gladiator? Well, from the B-pillar (behind the front door) forward, it’s essentially Wrangler. The front suspension is Wrangler with the same spindle location for off-road capability. We kept the front and rear occupant space familiar because they’ve hit a sweet spot in legroom and space between the two. Then it was the box. Market research and competitive analysis said we needed a five-foot box. Then it was the rear axle, and we went to an all-new five-link rear suspension very similar to the Ram 1500s, using the same control arms.
If you’re interested in test-driving a Jeep Gladiator model Near Fort Myers, make sure to check them out at Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership.