CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE NEW 2020 JEEP GLADIATOR?
May 21, 2019
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is as much a modern mid-sized truck as it is a true Jeep. All of the same capable components of the Wrangler carry over, but now with the versatility and usability of a five-foot bed. The do-it-all Jeep Gladiator makes a compelling case to be your new pick-up!
The Gladiator’s foot bed extends the Gladiator’s length 2.6’ and its wheelbase 19.4” over the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. Its low bed sides sacrifice means it’s one of the few cargo holds in the segment we can easily reach over without a step, although the bumper-mounted steps do make access even easier. The Gladiator comes with 3.6-liter V6, producing 285 horsepower and returning up to 17 miles per gallon in the city, 22 on the highway, and 19 combined with the eight-speed automatic. It’s powerful, able to tow up to 7,650 pounds & haul up to 1,600 pounds (both best in class).
But the Gladiator is still a Jeep with impressive off-road skills. Each Gladiator comes with a set of Dana 44 front and rear axles, two-inch monotube Fox shocks, and a part-time two-speed transfer case from the Wrangler. Some other models carry entry-level off-road equipment, relatively speaking, but the part-time Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system, 2.72:1 low-range ratio, and all-terrain tires are more than you get on most mid-level trucks. The hardcore Rubicon model adds a full-time Rock-Trac four-wheel-drive system with 4.0:1 low-range gearing, electronic locking differentials on both axles, chunkier 33-inch Falken off-road tires that necessitate taller fenders, and an optional forward-facing trail camera.
For more fun, drop the windshield, remove the doors, and pop the top. Even the hardtop Gladiator is a convertible, offering an open-air experience unlike any other midsize truck. The just-as-tough cabin stands up to the elements with its rubber-wrapped touchscreen surround, high-quality leather dash, and metal-plated knobs and switches. In terms of in-car tech, the UConnect infotainment with its optional 8.4” screen is great. It offers Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, not to mention there are four USB ports in the cabin: two up front and two in the back seat. Removing the roof and doors won’t leave your Gladiator susceptible to thievery, either. The back seat hides a small, lockable storage compartment under the rear bench and more lockable storage behind the rear seats. It’s a smart solution to the Gladiator’s open-air characteristics.
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