If you’ve been waiting for a Jeep pickup, then wait no more. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is going to satisfy that desire, with plenty left over.
“Gladiator is a dedicated pickup,” says Tim Kuniskis, the new head of Jeep brand North America. It may look like a Wrangler from the windshield forward, but that’s where similarities stop. In fact, even the windshield is different—it can fold down. The 3.6 liter V6 weighs in at a hefty 7650 pounds towing capacity, which puts it right up against the diesel engine of the Colorado and Canyon. The Gladiator has 285 horsepower. If you want to wait a bit longer, you can hold out for the diesel version that will come in 2020, with 442 lb-ft of torque for better starting power, (though it will have a lower towing rating). The gas V6 will come with either an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
Gladiator is also being billed as an open-air vehicle, earning that distinction from the fold down windshield, removable T-style hardtop, and removable doors. The Gladiator has a four-door cab and a five foot bed, making it four feet longer than the two-door wrangler. You can also select from four trim levels: Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon.
Jeep didn’t skimp on this, and that’s in response to customer’s desires. Kuniskis recognizes that customers “are looking for real pickup trucks.” Looks like the Gladiator is exactly that.