Watch Exclusive Footage of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Ever since the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator was revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, there’s been non-stop good news about it. “The 2020 Jeep Gladiator beats the Toyota Tacoma”, paraphrasing from Cars.com. The new pickup truck from Jeep was immediately grabbed up by Mopar to modify the Jeep Gladiator, and even though a midsize pickup truck, it’s based on the Jeep Wrangler. Not just in style either – true to the Jeep name, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is also an off-road vehicle. The automaker reminds us of this with its new ad, called “The Ultimate Test”.
Right as the ad begins, Jeep calls the 2020 Jeep Gladiator the “Most Off-Road Capable Mid-Size Truck Ever”. Hauling an enclosed car trailer up a 12% grade incline, we can see it’s much more than that. Throughout the ad, viewers are given looks at exclusive pre-release testing footage of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator during testing from the Fiat Chrysler-owned Yucca Testing Grounds in Yucca, Arizona. As the Gladiator continues to impress, a couple of highlights pop up.
Built to be a midsize pickup truck, the Jeep Gladiator has a Best-In-Class payload of 1600 pounds and Best-In-Class maximum towing capacity of 7650 pounds. Some of this can be attested to the five-link coil front and rear suspension system, also found in the new 2019 Ram 1500, but some may also say the 60-inch all steel bed helps too. That payload can fit in a 5-foot box, and if towing, the Gladiator comes with an option to add a Class 4 receiver and 4- and 7-pin harness plugs or a regular ball hitch to the bumper of the truck.
Having passed the SAE J2807 towing test, and industry standard the 2020 Jeep Gladiator can be seen completing a 2950-foot climb in 11.4 miles. One of the final highlights is also about its towing and payload – when fully loaded, the Gladiator has a max Gross Combined Weight Rating of 12,800 lb GCWR. That’s pretty powerful.
Of course, some highlights covered the off-road features of the midsize pickup. As noted, it’s based on the Jeep Wrangler and all of its glory. That includes water fording capability up to 30-inches and an 84:1 crawl ratio for going off-road and rock crawling. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator also has an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees, and total ground clearance of 11.1 inches. Built with lockable heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles and outfitted with the largest breaks in the segment, this off-road pickup truck also comes with the Rock-Trac Rubicon and regular Command-Trac transfer cases, and a newly introduced Off Road + button that will allow consumers to reconfigure Gladiator automatically for on-the-go for sand running and rock crawling. A system detailing further configuration for consumers can be found in an Off-Road Pages app.
Set for release in 2020, all of these pickup truck and off-road capabilities come down to the Pentastar V6 engine, capable of generating up to 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. An upgraded 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine may appear, and the option of adding eTorque. After the success of the mild-hybrid system in the 2019 Ram 1500, adding eTorque is a no-brainer.
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