Learn About the Old and New Jeep Gladiator Truck
It’s that time of year again! Super Bowl Ads. For some of us, these can be the best part of watching the Super Bowl, especially if the team we’re rooting for us losing. Well, prior to the impending date, some automakers are releasing their ads prematurely – for some reason. One of these is the Jeep® Gladiator Super Bowl Ad that gives the new Jeep pickup truck just the right amount of attitude. The new Jeep Gladiator is a truck that any Jeeper could develop a crush for. While on that front, there are a couple of things one should know about the new pickup truck.
Don’t try that at home, kids. In this Super Bowl Ad by Jeep, we see the original old 1963 Jeep Gladiator SJ pickup truck in a junkyard. About to meet its fate, the old Gladiator is placed into a crusher, and for several moments it’s glorious. Metal bending, windows shattering, and the cry of a million Jeepers snuffed out. Then all at once, the Jeep Gladiator rebels, stiffening its tires, turning on the high beams, and transforms into the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. The new pickup truck also destroys the crusher in the process.
Some may not know it, but the Jeep SJ platform was in production from 1963 all the way through 1991, and was the standard platform for some of the larger models of the time – Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Cherokee, and even multiple military-spec Jeeps. The same platform was the foundation for the Gladiator from 1963-1971 before the name was changed to the “J-Series” from 1972-1988. Enough of a history lesson though. Let’s talk about the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
Fun Facts About the 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Rugged, off-road capable, the Jeep Gladiator is a versatile pickup truck based off of the Jeep Wrangler and comes with all the grit. That includes the washable cabin floor. As we mentioned, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator has quite a bit of history. The name ultimately chosen for the Jeep pickup truck, “Gladiator” comes from the original full-size Jeep pickup truck built from 1962 to 1988. Originally, based on other Jeep vehicles, some thought the name would be “Scrambler” or “Comanche” to pay homage to Jeep heritage. Close enough.
We said it’s based off of the Jeep Wrangler and we mean it. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is Trail Rated, given the same badge that all off-road warriors in the Jeep lineup proudly sport. This beautiful pickup truck comes with aggressive approach angles and ground clearance, Dana 44 axles, 35-inch off-road tires, Fox off-road shock absorbers, electronic-locking front and rear differentials, and an electronically disconnecting front sway bar.
If wondering about powertrain options down the line, let us give you a glimpse. The standard setup is a 285hp 3.6-liter V6, able to generate 260 lb-ft of torque, and paired to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. This offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,650 pounds and a payload of 1,600 pounds. Later into 2020, a new diesel engine with more than 440 lb-ft of torque will be made available, so wait on grabbing one if looking for that extra power.
On that note, although no price has been mentioned for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, it’s gonna be costly. Jeep is known for holding out on consumers with high-end trims, and base trim trucks are known for being just the bare bones of it all. Most come with the base engine, rear-wheel drive, and little-to-no premium options. Add in the fact that the 2020 Jeep Gladiator also comes with Jeep signature customization, such as four-wheel drive, the removable roof, removable doors, and a fold-up windshield, and we’re looking at least $45k starting price.
Price does make a difference, but consumers may be in luck. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator only comes in four trims. These include the Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. Consumers can find standard features, such as Bluetooth hands-free calling with voice command, a 5-inch infotainment screen, USB port, and backup camera, on the Sport, whereas Sport S opens up certain available option packages, like the Cold Weather Group and larger Uconnect touchscreen. If looking for premium amenities, the Overland adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a shift knob, a wall-style 115-volt power outlet, and a 7-inch touchscreen, but can also opt-in for heated seats and leather upholstery. Both, the Overland and Rubicon trims can have an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen, and the Rubicon comes with special cameras on all four sides of the vehicle with an integrated washer paired with the front trail camera.
There’s a lot to look forward to about the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Tell us what you think of that commercial on Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram social media.