We have been waiting a long time to say this: a van finally returns to the Jeep stable after more than 25 years of absence. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator debuted on Wednesday at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. It surprises with towing figures and 4×4 payload class, as well as by its off-road capabilities worthy of Jeep, its look inspired by Wrangler and its technical features.
Compared to the Wrangler Unlimited, the Gladiator's new frame is extended by 31 inches with a wheelbase 19.4 inches longer. The suspension includes a side control arm and four shared front suspension arms, shared with the Wrangler, while the rear suspension rests on a five-link spring suspension exclusive to the Jeep pickup to enhance the ride. driving comfort on the road.
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At launch, the Gladiator will be equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 developing 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive on all trim levels. An eight-speed automatic is optional. Jeep says it will offer a maximum towing capacity of 7,650 pounds and a 1,600-pound 4×4 payload.
Those interested in a little more grunt may want to survive until 2020, when a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel is expected to join the lineup, offering 260 horsepower and a muscle mass of 442 lb-ft. Unlike the gasoline engine, diesel will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As a Jeep, the Gladiator offers all the equipment needed for off-road expeditions: from 4×4 systems to Dana 44 axles, electric lockers to front and rear axles, skid plates and skids. The Rubicon models stand out with 4.10 axles, better articulation and suspension travel, Fox shock absorbers, electronically disconnected stabilizer bars, a steel rear bumper, cab and truck side rails. the box, as well as tires of 33 inches. The Rubicon can roll up to 35 inches rubber without a lift, be equipped with a front camera capable of showing everything within two feet of the truck and be equipped with a bumper steel front bumpers, ready for winch.
The Gladiator features an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a tilt angle of 20.3 degrees, a starting angle of 26 degrees and an 11.1-inch ground clearance. He is able to cross up to 30 inches of water.
From a design standpoint, Wrangler's inspiration is evident with its circular headlamps, seven-position grille and square taillights. The Wrangler's outdoor capabilities also make the leap to the Gladiator with removable aluminum doors, plastic or optional hoods and folding windshields.
At the back, a five-foot steel bed with integrated straps, under-rail bed lighting is available with an insert bed liner, a 115-volt three-prong plug and a barrel. The sides of the bed box were deliberately left low to allow easy loading of objects. The center-positioned, three-position, rear-mounted tailgate aligns with the top of the rear wheel arch and allows the Gladiator to carry 20 sheets of 4×8 plywood or flat drywall.
Moving inward, the patrimonial-inspired layout features a horizontal dash with a trapezoidal end, plenty of storage space, rubber contact points, and real metal-plated trim pieces. For a more upscale feel, Overland models receive dashboards wrapped with accentuated stitching.
The rear seats are a reflection of the Wrangler Unlimited, which offers folding seats to provide a flat loading surface and access to secure storage spaces behind the backrests. Folding the rear seat cushions, you'll discover an open storage bin with dedicated compartments to securely hold the bolts when the doors or roof are removed and the windshield folded. A lockable storage bin with removable dividers is available as an option.
The Spearheading infotainment system is the fourth generation Uconnect system with a touch screen of 5, 7 or 8.4 inches, depending on the level of finish. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard features with 8.4-inch navigation.
For safety reasons, the Gladiator will offer adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a cross-traffic alert and a reversing camera with dynamic gridlines.
The Jeep Gladiator 2020 pickup truck will go on sale in the second quarter of 2019 and will be available in Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon versions.