2020 Jeep Gladiator – One of the most anticipated pickup trucks

09/30/2019

Posted by: Oluwaseun Adeniji

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If you are for the first mid-size pickup truck by Jeep with four different trims, check out why 2020 Jeep Gladiator is one of the most anticipated pickup trucks!

If you are a pickup truck fan, this newly released 2020 Jeep Gladiator must really be exciting news you have been waiting to hear for a long period of time. The wrangler-like off road chops coupled with mid-size truck ability are what you should expect to see in this new Gladiator. So, if you frequently discover yourself noodling along the trail of Rubicon in the Wrangler Unlimited (Jeep) during an off-road trailer towing. This new release on Naijauto just got answer to your curiosity.

1. History of Jeep Gladiator

Also known as J series; the Jeep Gladiator is a long train of different full-size pickup trucks, which are based on the platform of the large Jeep Wagoner (SJ). It was manufactured and sold out under different marques from the periods of 1962 to 1988.  It is quite noteworthy that the Gladiator has been relevant on a single automobile platform for over 26 years. Infact, you should know that the US post-war Army trucks which were later designed to be civilian vehicles were firstly developed under the concept of the Gladiator. These vehicles were also adapted for use by the military. Till date, several versions of the pickups have been produced in other markets.

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The Gladiator already has a lifelong reputation for optimal performance on all terrains

The nameplate “Gladiator” was later revived and redesigned on the platform of mid-size pickup truck. This revived mid-size pickup belongs to the fourth generation and was unveiled at the LA Auto Show in United States (Nov 28, 2018).

2. General design of 2020 Jeep Gladiator

This 2020 Jeep Gladiator is indeed a real truck in case you still doubt its possibility. It comes with a ladder frame, which is topped by a separate cargo bed and a cab. It is a pickup truck with two lives axles. It is not as big as its predecessors but a mid—sized truck. When you take a look at Chevy Silverado or even Ford F-150, you will have a better grasp of the size of this new Gladiator as it isn’t as big as these trucks mentioned.

The pickup trucks that are somehow close to 2020 Gladiator in shape and size are the Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado and a Honda Ridgeline.

Driven! The 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup

The 2020 Gladiator by Jeep features only a four-full-size-door and also a 5-foot-bed. It comes with a four-wheel-drive (selectable) and makes use of two-speed-transfer case (soft and hard tops). The windshield in this pickup truck folds down flat.

For this new Gladiator, 4 trims are available for selection. These trims include the Sport, Sport S, Rubicon and the Overland. Despites options in trims, all Gladiators will run on a 3.6 liter V6 engine at the generated capacity of 285hps and 260 Ib feet of torque. It will be powered by Fiat Chrysler’s Pentastar. You should expect to see 6-speed transmission as standard with an optional ZF 8-speed automatic transmission in all trims. This implies the 8-speed automatic coming up in the 2020 Gladiator Jeep will also feature a supercharged V6 (3.0liter) with a capacity of 260hps in a 442 Ib ft of torque.

>>> Another powerful Jeep that comes this year: Check out the new 2019 Jeep Renegade Limited 1.6 120hp TD!

Despite the ruggedness of this pickup truck in its design and off-road performance, that doesn’t take away the beauty and presence of modern design and functions inside the Jeep Gladiator 2020. It features a waterproof start button, 7.0 infotainment touch screens (8.4-inch size), large control knobs for fan speed adjustment and volume (secondary), folded flat split rear setback (60/40), and folded up seat bottoms for more legroom space.

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You cannot take away the beauty of this interior despite the rugged nature of this off-road pickup

Price of 2020 Jeep Gladiator

The starting price for this convertible pickup trucks coupled with pair of solid axles is $35,000 (~₦12.6 million). The price of the Rubicon trims starts at $45,000 (₦16.2 million). Don’t be overly surprised that even Jeep trucks are also lifestyle vehicles. This implies people acquire them for passion rather than purpose.

3. Simplicity and high solid formula in 2020 Jeep Gladiator specs

The automaker, Jeep is quite conscious of the presence of stick axles in its production. The Gladiator and the Wrangler line up will be endowed with an executable articulated suspension and ultimate off-road capability. One thing that has left most manufactured vehicles for the past 30 years is the existence of recirculating ball steering from these axles. This is a clear indication of lifelong absence of laser-precise steering.

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The latest mid-size pickup moves over difficult terrain like nothing- easy peasy!

It is quite important to note that the heavy axles present in this pickup truck make it possible to execute a dynamic tango on some surfaces. This is indeed a modern day Conestoga wagon. The suspensions that are recently produced might not give you much of a dance on washboard terrain. This however doesn’t really matter if you love pickup trucks. They might look like weaknesses in culture of Jeep Gladiators, but they hardly look like one. It is often noticed that many people might not want a convertible truck, especially with a flat folded windshield. Lots of people still desire for one.

If you are looking for speed, well, seems this Gladiator might not be your answer. The Overland tester reaches 60mph in 7.2 seconds. This similarly applies to other trims such as Rubicon. We feel it is quite decent enough for an off-road truck since you are not after a chase. If you are this person addicted to speedster of a truck, you might as well take a look at Xanax. But we feel you need this Jeep Gladiator more than you think you do.

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When it comes to slopping through mud and bulldozing over all kinds if rocks in a pickup truck that is quite topless, 2020 Jeep Gladiator will rightly do that for you.

Take a look at its specifications below:

  • Engine type: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads
  • Engine displacement: 220 cu in, 3605 cc
  • Engine Power: 285 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Engine Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
  • Suspension (F/R): live axle/live axle
  • Brakes (F/R): 13.0-in vented disc/13.6-in vented disc
  • Tires: Bridgestone Dueler H/T 685, 255/70R-18 113T M+S
  • Dimensions: Wheelbase: 137.3 in, Length: 218.1 in , Width: 73.8 in, Height: 73.1 in, Passenger volume: 104 cu ft Curb weight: 4812 lb
  • EPA Fuel economy: Combined/city/highway: 19/17/22 mpg

4. 2020 Jeep Gladiator Off-road & Trucks functions

The off-road experience when you acquire a Jeep Gladiator is indeed golden. When it comes to combining rocks and muds in an extreme weather condition, this pickup truck is relentless and capable of cruising into a makeshift rock crawl course into a sloppy fiasco. This difficult terrain doesn’t pose a problem for this 2020 Jeep Gladiator, as pronounced in its design. When you take the Rubicon trim for a test drive on difficult terrain, the presence of locked differentials and disconnected anti-roll bars, which is a standard fare on this trim, will haul from rock to river flawlessly and effortlessly.

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It is definitely one of the few topless mid-size pickup ruck that can give you real value for your money

There is a low-speed cruise control known as Jeep’s Selec-Speed Control, which helps in managing speed in crawl circumstances. It could also be trimmed in one mile per hour increment through the shifter’s manual gate. The optional 33-inch Falken Wildpeak mud terrain tires, which are optional in Rubicon trim, provide enough support for this truck. The standard tire for all trims is the all-terrain Wildpeaks of 137.3inch wheel base.

Gladiator Jeep pickup trucks have the capability of towing up to 7650 pound of weight if you acquire the Sport trim level equipped with Max Tow Package. You can only reach 7000 pounds suing the Rubicon trim, especially with an automatic transmission. The Sport and Overload manual transmission without tow package can only move a 4000 pound of weight.

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Though there are four trims present. The least weight any trim can haul is 4000 pound

When you equip the Sport trim with the Max Tow Package, it instantly upgrades it to the large Dana 44 axles present in Rubicon. These axles are 1.5 inch wider in comparison with the standard Gladiator axles. It also has an additional 10 mm tube thickness when you compare it with the Dana 44 on JL Wrangler.

The five-foot bed on the Jeep Gladiator is very much useful for many purposes. It has a payload ability of 1105-1600 pounds. This varies on the configuration of powertrain and the trim. The tailgate has the ability to hold 1800 pound of weight effectively. Although such payload capability might have been exceeded by the truck, but with the presence of a bumper step, such is quite possible through 500 pound support.

Final note

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is bringing to its lovers across the globe, additional utility of a genuine payload capability and a much more heavily towing ability when compared to the Wrangler. This will definitely justify the increase in price as all your needs for an ideal vehicle will be fully met in this new Gladiator pickup truck.

>>> Find more in-depth car reviews for the most sought-after vehicles in Nigeria on Naijauto.com

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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