The 2020 Jeep Gladiator: Wrangler Or Pickup Truck?

Making its long-awaited debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator – not a new Scrambler, as it was rumored to be called – is everything you love about the Wrangler, just in a rugged truck mold. Yes, the doors come off. Yes, the rooftop pops back. Yes, even the windshield folds forward. To put it simply, the upcoming Jeep Gladiator will make every other pickup in the segment green with envy once it finds its way to your local Jeep dealerships.

More Than Just A Wrangler Truck

Like the Wrangler, the all-new Gladiator will feature a fold-away soft top as well as a hard T-top roof with removable panels. Also like the Wrangler, this Jeep truck can easily part ways with its doors and windshield. And that iconic Jeep 4×4 capability is certainly entrenched in the Gladiator’s DNA, as well.

Recognized as America’s only open-air pickup truck, the 2020 Gladiator is all-new and delivers best-in-class towing (7650 pounds) with its standard 285-hp 3.6L V6. To achieve those specs, Jeep engineers ramped up the Wrangler’s engine cooling and increased wheelbase width by a staggering 20 inches. Additions like available heavy-duty Dana® 44 front and rear axles, FOX shocks, and 33-inch all-terrain tires put the Gladiator well ahead of the off-roading pack, and it’s not even close.

However, the Jeep Gladiator’s pièce de résistance may very well be its durable five-foot, all-steel truck bed, which features a three-position tailgate, integrated tie-downs, a roll-up tonneau cover, and a covered 115V power outlet. Wide enough to accommodate a pair of dirt bikes or a lightweight ATV or side-by-side, Gladiator’s bed has a max payload capacity of up to 1,600 pounds—another best-in-class spec.

The result? A heavenly and versatile midsize truck that builds roads where roads aren’t meant to be built.

Features Aplenty

Sure, the new Gladiator truck will take you to new heights, but what type of Jeep would it be without a sweet suite of tech?

Polished and tightly wrapped, the Gladiator dashboard includes the segment’s largest touchscreen, an 8.4-inch display that makes great use of a Uconnect 4C NAV infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both integrated, as is an intuitive pinch-and-zoom function. As an added perk, the Gladiator comes with an industry-exclusive removable Bluetooth® wireless speaker. Just pop that sucker out and lug it around for hours of extended use.

Range-topping Gladiator Rubicon trims come available with a whole brochure’s worth of add-on features, with the front-facing TrailCam camera system being the most intriguing. This camera, mounted in the front grille, gives drivers a detailed view of the road, allowing them to spot obstacles without squinting. (The Rubicon model’s rock rails extend to the front of the bed, as well, helping to reduce damage caused by terrain.)

In all, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is set to be available with more than 80 optional and standard features and safety systems. Jeep also has plans to release over 200 Mopar accessories for the Gladiator in the near future, including a bed liner, Katzkin seats, bed-mounted bicycle racks, and more. Our Birmingham Jeep Parts Department can’t wait to see the final list of approved Gladiator accessories.

When Will The Jeep Gladiator Be Released?

The JL Wrangler was unveiled at the 2017 LA Auto Show and went on sale in April of ’18. If the same trend holds true for this Jeep pickup truck, you may be able to test drive the 2020 Gladiator at our Birmingham Jeep dealership this spring. However, the official 2020 Jeep Gladiator release date is still up in the air. Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime, you can see half of the Gladiator’s gene pool in action by test driving a 2018 or 2019 Jeep Wrangler. Simply swing by Jim Burke CDJR at 1409 5th Ave North in Birmingham, AL, to view our selection or discuss your Jeep financing and leasing opportunities. Call us at (205) 588-6285 to schedule an appointment or speak with a Jeep salesperson.

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