Engineers went all out when conjuring up the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. In fact, only Jeep could manufacture a midsize pickup with best-in-class towing, best-in-class towing and unique features such as a forward-facing camera for off-roading. This isn’t the Jeep brand’s first foray into the pickup segment, but when engineers were tasked with reviving both the Jeep pickup and its moniker, they embraced the opportunity to craft a vehicle that goes above and beyond as a class leader. Pete Milosavlevski, the chief engineer on the Gladiator project, said: “What we wanted to do up-front is set a best-in-class target for these key characteristics from a payload perspective and towing perspective.”
The all-new Gladiator focuses on riding the same wave as the brand’s rich heritage of making dependable and durable vehicles. With a class-leading payload of 1,600 pounds and a towing capacity of 7,650 pounds, the Gladiator is sure to turn heads. Four-wheel-drive is standard as is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine under the hood that’s generating 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Rumors are swirling that Jeep will introduce a diesel-powered Gladiator sometime during the last quarter of 2019.
Off-roaders will be happy to learn that the Gladiator is a gem off-road thanks to its best-in-class approach angle and a best-in-class departure angle. Additionally, engineers wanted the Gladiator to have purpose and were determined to get at least 48 inches of width on the Gladiator’s five-foot truck bed. This much space is intended to accommodate everything ranging from dirtbikes to planks of plywood, making the Gladiator a pickup for both fun and function.
Perhaps the best innovation that the Gladiator offers is the forward-facing camera we mentioned earlier. Said camera is exclusive to the Gladiator Rubicon trim only and it is located behind the middle slot of the Gladiator’s classic seven-slot grille. The purpose of the camera is to see oncoming obstructions while off-roading and can be accessed on the Off-road Pages via the Uconnect touchscreen display. When asked about the forward-facing camera concept, Milosavlevski said “We wanted to provide another innovative tool for the Jeep enthusiast that they can use to have a great time while they are off-roading the vehicle to get over any obstacle. Now that off-road camera gives you those eyes.”
Other perks of only the Gladiator include its rugged styling and ability to take the doors and top off, weatherproof surround system and a Uconnect infotainment system. Ralph Gilles, head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) design, said “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. The truck encompasses the spirit of the Jeep brand while checking all the boxes our customers desire.”
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