The Jeep name is synonymous with ruggedness as well as durability. Did you know that the company also has a pickup truck in its portfolio? If not, then meet the new Jeep Gladiator. The Jeep Gladiator pickup truck is based on the Wrangler and as such features the same looks and dynamics. Even the tail lights are square. One can order the Jeep Gladiator with different windshield, top and door combinations, Jeep says that they have helped reduce weight on this model as well as boosted fuel efficiency by using aluminium-made doors, bonnet as well as tail gate. Off-road purists will be delighted with the foldable windscreen.
What are the engine configurations of the Jeep Gladiator?
The Jeep Gladiator comes with a petrol and diesel engine option. The petrol is a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 that brings in start-stop tech and produces 280PS of power as well as 352Nm of torque. One can pair this engine with a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-litre Eocdiesel engine will only be available from 2020. It makes 260PS of power and 600Nm of torque. Here, the 8-speed automatic as well as start-stop are standard.
Jeep Gladiator off-road and towing capabilities?
Its a Jeep after all and the off-road capabilities are unquestionable. The Command-Trac 4×4 system, standard on Sport and Overland, features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. There is also the heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio. Both Command-Trac and Rock-Trac systems offer full-time torque management, enabling optimal grip in low-traction conditions. 17-inch wheels are standard while the Rubicon models get massive 33-inch units. 30-inches of water fording too is provided for. In terms of towing capacity, the Jeep Gladiator will tow 3,500kg.
Safety and security were paramount in the development of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which offers more than 80 available active and passive safety and security features. These include Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, forward-facing off-road camera, standard ParkView rear backup camera with dynamic grid lines, Adaptive Cruise Control, and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation.
In terms of connectivity features, the Gladiator brings in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The upholstery is also fresh and different from the Wrangler. Sales start early next year in the United States. It is unlikely that the Jeep Gladiator will come to India anytime soon.