2020 Jeep Gladiator Review

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review

For decades, the Jeep has been associated with functionality and durability. Having begun as a military vehicle, it has evolved into a multipurpose utility vehicle. It is comfortable off road and on tarmac too. For this reason, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator was designed. It is essentially a Wrangler with a large cargo bed. Fans may remember that Jeep once released the Scrambler. This was a Wrangler with a small bed attached. However, the Gladiator is a true pick up and it is coming soon. Here is what we know so far.

Inspiration

Rising from the annals of Jeep history, the original Gladiator was released in 1963. It was a functional, rugged pickup truck that could work just as hard as any other model. Today, it is re-imagined as the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. We hope that it will make a big impact upon release.

Development process

Tim Kuniskis is the head of the Jeep brand in North America. He indicates that the main mission of the product team was to create a midsize pickup that was competitive and had the look and stance of a Wrangler. Incorporating the crew cabin took some time but eventually, it was implemented successfully.

2020 Jeep Gladiator
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Exterior design – 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Even at close range, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is fundamentally a Wrangler with a sizable bed. It has retained the unique 6-bar grille and round headlights. This new model uses LED technology to illuminate the road ahead. Its bumper has stayed just the same and the detachable doors are present as well. The only notable changes begin with the crew cab. From the outside, it is clear that the rear section doors are smaller in size than the front section. This essentially shows the amount of space in the crew cabin.

In total, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is 31 inches longer than a four-door Wrangler. Its wheelbase is also 19.4 inches longer. The pickup has a 5-foot bed and weighs 400 pounds more than a Wrangler. This makes it a fully functional midsize pickup truck.

Based on the information that we have, the Gladiator will share a number of parts with the Wrangler. These include the hood, fenders, doors and powertrains. All the beloved Jeep features will also be available. Drivers will be able to take off the roof of the Gladiator at will. Its windshield will also fold down manually and provide drivers with maximum freedom.

Interior design

Maintaining Jeep heritage, this new model is bound to have an interior that maximizes on function over comfort. This means that convenience will be paramount. To achieve this purpose, we are confident that the steering wheel will have tactile buttons on its spokes. They will allow drivers to have easy access and control over the car’s systems.

2020 Jeep Gladiator
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Despite holding on to more than 5 decades of Jeep utility and usability, it is expected that the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will have many new technologies. An example of this is an LCD instrument panel behind the steering wheel. The center stack is expected to have an 8 inch touchscreen display. This unit will provide information such as navigation, air conditioning settings and other vehicle comfort facilities. Jeep engineers have also hinted that the pickup’s infotainment system will be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

After it is released, the new Gladiator will seat up to 5 passengers on 2 rows of seats. Estimates indicate that this pickup will also have an integrated camera. This feature will facilitate adaptive cruise control and also perform emergency braking automatically.

Engine specs

We predict that the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be available with a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 that will produce 285 horsepower (hp) and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine is going to be mated to a 6 speed manual transmission with start/stop facilities. Knowing the customization options which Jeep provides, drivers will also have a chance to get this pickup with an 8 speed automatic transmission.

For drivers who desire more economic consumption in their vehicles, this pickup will also be available with a 3.0 liter EcoDiesel turbocharged V6 engine. This powerplant will produce 260 horsepower (hp) and 442 lb-ft of torque. There is also word that a plug in hybrid engine will also be available for this pickup.

Release date, price and availability

We estimate that this pickup truck will be available in 2020. Its base model will retail for $37,000. Higher trims such as the Gladiator Rubicon will be a little more expensive due to extra equipment.

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