What is that? The first Jeep pickup since Comanche 1992 that is poorly understood – and most forgotten. Also, in the opinion of Jeep, "the most capable medium truck ever."
Why is this important? Now, unless you've lived in a cave, you have to know that anything that even resembles a truck is like selling hot cakes. Combine the attractive look and Jeep nameplate, and almost everyone in this business – even Jeep competitors – thinks the Gladiator will be a big success.
For that "most capable boast", Gladiators are available with 33-inch off-road tires, Gandar Dana 44, Tru-Lock electric fronts and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differentials and segments – Exclusive electronic shake rod breaker systems . In other words, this is off-road friendly. It's also something of a hard worker, who is able to pull 3,475 kilograms and carry 725 kilos on a five-foot bed. To show how serious the work truck is, Jeep engineers even included a motorcycle tire knobby trail on the front wall to show where motocross riders were to load their bikes.
Like the standard Wrangler, there is a folding windshield so you can get closer to nature, both soft and hard tops, and truly unique in this segment, all four doors can be removed for a true open air experience. There is even a front-facing off-road camera available in Rubicon that allows a barrier on the road to be seen easily.
But not everything about the new Gladiator is intended to be rude and fall. Two standard USB ports are available, and in the nuances of modernity, there is also a USB-C port at the front along with a 400-watt three-stop outlet, 115-volt AC. Throw in the fourth generation Uconnect infotainment – which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that play on seven or 8.4 inch touch screens with pinch-and-zoom capabilities – and there may be some truth to the most capable elegance.
Oh, motivation – I almost forgot – comes from Penterson V6 285 horsepower or 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6 from FCA.
When did it come? The Jeep Gladiator will arrive in the second quarter of 2019 as a 2020 model.
Should you buy it? What part of the "most capable" do you not get? Again, this is a pickup truck that is authentically styled like a Jeep and has everything – OK, for the most part – the ability of multi-level off-road brands – it will flow in 30 inches, for example – what is not liked? Easily hit 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeep will sell all Gladiator items that it can make.