The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the most capable midsize truck ever says Jeep. Starting with its tough and dependable iconic heritage, Jeep has taken all that makes the current Jeep Wrangler the best-of-the-best in its class and created a truck – not any truck – but a Gladiator.
“Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognizable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “There is tremendous demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep customers and pickup truck buyers everywhere. Born from a rich and proud heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks, Gladiator combines rugged utility, versatility and functionality resulting in the most capable midsize truck ever.”
To that end, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator – Sport, Rubicon and Overland – will carry the legendary Jeep “Trail Rated” badging, the only mid-size truck line capable to that standard.
At our first look last week, we see the Gladiator as a true reflection of its iconic heritage while being a truck worthy of Jeep customers.
We have not driven one yet, of course, so there is much to confirm. But here is some of what we know about Gladiator from the reveal at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week.
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator features the iconic seven-slot grille of a Wrangler, but is a bit wider and swept back slightly for aerodynamic efficiency.
Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models offer available LED headlamps and fog lamps.
A four-bolt design at the top of the windshield’s frame allows for the windshield to fold down easily.
High-strength aluminum doors feature the Torx bit size stamped directly onto the hinge to easily identify the necessary bit for door removal. The Torx tool kit for windshield and doors is standard.
All Gladiators feature body-color sport bars, which are welded to the body and feature integrated grab handles for front occupants.
A black three-piece hardtop is available on all models with Overland and Rubicon models sharing an available three-piece body-color hardtop. A premium Sunrider soft top provides a – segment-exclusive – open-air option with partial and full open top positions.
The five-foot cargo bed features under-rail bed lighting, an available 400W power source, integrated tie-downs, and an available Trail Rail Cargo Management System for flexible cargo storage. The wide power-locking tailgate is damped – able to stop in three positions for efficient load management. A spray-in bed liner, bed divider and tonneau cover are available.
The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator center stack – with finishes dictated by model choice – is topped by a center console multi-media touchscreen.
The center console conveniently houses gear shift selection, transfer case and parking brake. Other functional feature climate and volume control knobs, media charging and connectivity ports, Engine Stop Start (ESS) control and a standard push-button starter with weather-proof surround.
The instrument cluster features a 3.5- or an available 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) information LED display.
Cloth or leather-contoured front seating has accent stitching and adjustable bolster and lumbar support. Heated front seats and steering wheel are available.
Rear seating is all-new with segment-leading legroom and lock in place to provide secure storage behind the seat back. They also fold flat to provide a load floor lit by LED lights on the quarter trim panels.
Under the seats is an optional lockable bin to provide secure storage space when the top or doors are removed. A removable Torx bolt bin is located there to secure the bolts when the doors and top are off, or the windshield is folded down.
Gladiators arriving in 2019 will be equipped with the award-winning Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features Engine Stop-Start (ESS) for added fuel economy. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard across all trims with an 8-speed automatic transmission optional.
In 2020, the 3.0L EcoDiesel engine- rated at 260 horsepower with 442 lb.-ft. of torque and also with ESS, will become available on Gladiator. It will be mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator will offer two advanced 4x4 systems depending on the trim level.
Standard on Sport and Overland will be the Command-Trac 4x4 system that features a part-time shift-on-the-fly two-speed transfer case.
Gladiator Rubicon will come equipped with the Rock-Trac 4x4 part-time shift-on-the-fly system that also features heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles. Rubicon models also feature a segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect for enhanced off-road capability.
Rubicon will deliver a crawl ratio of 84.2:1 with the six-speed manual transmission and 77.2:1 with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both Command-Trac and Rock-Trac systems offer full-time torque management, enabling optimal grip in low-traction conditions.
Frame and Running Gear
The Jeep Gladiator utilizes a body-on-frame design with an all-new lightweight high-strength steel frame and a five-link suspension system.
Gladiator’s crew cab frame is 31-inches longer than a Jeep Wrangler 4-door, with the wheelbase 19.4 inches longer. The extended wheelbase and the bed’s positioning center aft of the rear axle centerline – provide better weight distribution and a more comfortable ride when carrying cargo.
The five-link coil suspension configuration at the front uses a lateral control arm and four longitudinal control arms.
The new rear five-link coil suspension design is exclusive to Gladiator. It features two upper and two lower forged steel control arms for longitudinal control plus a track bar for lateral axle control. Shocks are gas charged monotube with Multi-tuned Valve (MTV) technology on Sport and Overland with Rubicon fitted with gas charged high-pressure monotube Fox shocks.
Gladiator Sport runs on 17-inch wheels mounted with Bridgestone Dueler HT or AT on/off road tires. Overland wheels are 18-inch mounted also with Dueler HT on/off road tires. Rubicon 17-inch wheels are mounted with Falken Wildpeak A/T or M/T tires.
Rubicon is the top rock crawler with a ground clearance of 11.1-inches and approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees and departure angle of 26 degrees.
Rubicon offers a forward-facing off-road camera that allows visibility to obstructions ahead on the trail.
In addition, Gladiator can ford up to 30-inches of water, carry up to 1,600 pounds of payload and tow up 7,650 pounds when equipped with the Max Towing Package.
Multi-media and Technology
There is plenty of multi-media technology on the new Gladiator. An 8-speaker audio system will be standard with an Alpine 9-speaker 552-watt with subwoofer optional.
Depending on trim level – three U-connect systems are offered: Uconnect3 with 5-inch touchscreen, Uconnect4 with 7-inch touchscreen and Uconnect4C NAV with 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Two USB ports and a USB-C port up front and two in reach of occupants in the back seat, connect to the media center. A 115-volt AC outlet is available to power portable electronics.
More than 80 active and passive Jeep safety features will be standard or available on Gladiator including Trailer Sway Control, Electronic stability control with brake assist and traction control, Rear Park Assist, Rear Backup Camera with dynamic guidelines, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Selec-Speed Control (8-speed automatic) and Hill Start Assist.
In addition to stand-alone options and 13 Package/Equipment Groups available from the factory, the Jeep Gladiator will have more than 200 additional Mopar engineered performance/lifestyle accessories available for installation at delivery.
More information on accessories can be found at: https://www.inwheeltime.com/accessorizing-the-2020-jeep-gladiator/.
Pricing for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be made available closer to launch.