The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Is an Off-road Truck
When Jeep revealed the 2020 Jeep Gladiator in 2019, it was the star of the show. A midsize truck from Jeep? What a lovely surprise. Not only is the midsize truck segment severely lacking these days, but a truck from an automaker known so well for its SUVs and off-road capability, one does wonder if Jeep managed to do the same for the Gladiator, or if they left 4×4 systems by the wayside and focused solely on the functionality of a truck. Jeep isn’t stupid – the automaker made a truck, but it sure isn’t just a truck. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has some serious off-road chops, and anyone who tells you different is a liar.
The Jeep Gladiator may be a midsize pickup truck but it just doesn’t have the functionality of a pickup truck. This midsize pickup truck is like nothing on the road today, able to go off-road or handle a heavy payload when it comes to doing the dirty work. In the front, the Jeep Gladiator may look like a Wrangler, and the truth is that the Gladiator was based on the Wrangler, configuration and all. Yes, consumers can delete the doors and opt-in for different roofs. Like the Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator is all about personal style.
So, what about functionality? Prepare to be impressed. Being a midsize truck, the Jeep Gladiator can manage a payload of up to 1,700 pounds and tow up to 7,650 pounds when properly equipped. Not bad. That’s enough for a small boat and a trailer. With a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine, able to generate 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Not only this, but a diesel option, recently made available for the Jeep Wrangler, will also debut on the Gladiator sometime in 2020. How exciting. If it’s anything like the Ram EcoDiesel engine, we may see a lot more capability. The 2020 Jeep Wrangler with EcoDiesel as a powertrain option and the Gladiator will be sure to follow.
The EcoDiesel engine boasts 480 lb-ft of torque and a towing capability of up to 12,560 pounds, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Even though the Jeep Gladiator is a midsize truck, able to drive smoothly and under complete control with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the truck shifts smoothly and quietly even when pushing the pedal to the metal. So, what about the off-road capability? The 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes with a 4×4 system on every trim. On the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport, Sport S, and Overland, the vehicles came equipped with a Command-Trac part-time 4WD system, whereas the special Rubicon trim came equipped with a 4:1 Rock-Trac heavy-duty part-time 4WD system for rock-crawling.
After some testing, it’s pretty easy to see how well the Jeep Gladiator operates. Not only does the Jeep Gladiator handle highway driving without the bounce and sway typical of off-road vehicles, but when it comes to going off road, the Gladiator can handle deep mud, up steep slopes, and across loose rocks. Whether in the south of the north, consumers shouldn’t have any trouble getting out of deep ruts or snowbanks.
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