Jeep Plus Ram Equals the 2020 Gladiator
The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator was revealed in 2018 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and stole the spotlight with the vehicle truck lovers and Jeepers have been waiting on for a long time. It’s a mashup of one of the most off-roading capable Jeep vehicles and, well, why don’t we just say it? It’s like Ram and Jeep had an affair, and the Gladiator is their automobile spawn. Plus, there’s just so much to love, because the Jeep Gladiator has the best of both worlds, with Jeep as the dominant genes in this pairing.
Is it a Jeep?
Kind of, yeah—mostly yes. It is under the Jeep badge name, it’s produced by Jeep manufacturing plants, but the Gladiator also shared a room with the new Ram midsize pickup truck sharing the same body-on-frame design. So scandalous. If we take a look at the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, it’s clearly a Jeep. All the tell signs are there.
Based off of the Wrangler, but built with a truck body and frame, the Gladiator has all of the legendary capability, configurability, and functional design the Jeep Wrangler is known for. It even looks like the Jeep Wrangler, icon of the brand. Some would call the Jeep Renegade the beat all off-road vehicle, but the Gladiator is giving it a run for its money when this doubles as a truck.
Capability can be attested to its solid front axle – it’s the only non-heavy duty pickup offered with this feature, that makes low-speed off-roading even more manageable with durability and flexibility. When it comes to off-roading, the Jeep Gladiator has an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees, a total ground clearance of 11.1 inches, and 30-inch water fording capability. That last one is saved for the Rubicon trim.
Yes, the Rubicon. It strikes fear into thine eyes, does it not? Known as the Trailhawk of the Wrangler, the Gladiator Rubicon is built with an upgraded 4-wheel-drive transfer case with gearing for low-speed off-roading, Fox shock absorbers, locking front and rear differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar, taller fender flares, and beefy all-terrain tires. This truck is made for rock crawling.
Configurability be thy name, and the Jeep Gladiator answers the call. Highly customizable, options are nearly endless. The roof comes off, like the Jeep Wrangler do, made of either fabric or composite plastic. Divided into several sections, there’s a number of configurations possible, and the composite version even comes with a sliding rear window. Also akin to the Wrangler, the doors come off, and the Wrangler half doors and tube doors have been made available. The windshield still folds down, although we never understood why a driver wouldn’t want a windshield – that’s the point of it being there, it’s a shield from the elements.
When it comes to functional design, the truck bits of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator really shine. With all the advantages of a pickup truck, the Gladiator offers an excellent towing capacity of 7,650 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,600 pounds. Plus, a truck bed adds so much more storage space (5-foot box) for those looking for adventure and want to camp along the way. Popups and live-in campers are still a thing and very doable with the Gladiator. There’s also a diesel engine option on the way to accompany the 3.6-liter V6 powertrain, but we’re waiting for that to be made official.
Of course, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator benefits from the style of the Jeep Wrangler. Inside, like the 2019 Ram 1500, there’s a lockable under-seat storage, and to up the ante, Jeep put a portable Bluetooth speaker behind the back seat that can pop out. Take it along the trail or to the camp site with ease.
A match made in automobile heaven, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is in production and heading to the streets. Stay up to date with the release of the Jeep Gladiator and all other Jeep news by following us on Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram social media.