Jeep Gladiator: Inside, Outside and Underneath

Jeep Gladiator: Inside, Outside and Underneath

The Gladiator, unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, shares a platform, interior and front end with the 2019 Wrangler, but the similarities end there.

According to Truck Trends, the new Jeep's frame is 31 inches longer than the Wrangler Unlimited (the four-door model).

Depending on selected options and configurations, the Jeep Gladiator can tow up to 3,469 kilograms (7,650 pounds) and carry up to 725 kilograms (1,600 pounds) in its 5-foot bed. Making its long-anticipated debut at the LA Auto Show 2018 today, the 2020 Gladiator gives Jeep a crew cab option, with a 5-foot steel bed and the styling the automaker is known for. Trucks like the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado and long-time market favorite, the Toyota Tacoma, are created to appeal to buyers looking for something more fun and efficient than a massive full-size pickup.

The Gladiator has been created to marry the Wrangler's off-road ability with the practicality of a pick-up, with Jeep boss Tim Kuniskis saying that it combines "combined rugged utility, versatility and functionality", and was developed due to "tremendous demand" from customers. Like the Wrangler, the windshield folds down after removing a few bolts but the frame stays put, holding the rearview mirror.

Each of the doors can also be removed by activating a handle under the armrests.

Power will come from Jeep's 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 (212kW/353Nm) which will be offered with an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual, and a 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel (194kW/599Nm) will be available with the automatic. Power is sent to all four wheels through the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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It is unclear which of these specifications and powertrains will make it to Australia. More traditional touches are present and correct, too: electrically-actuated front and rear axle locks, a limited-slip differential, a sway bar disconnect feature and more.

Capability-wise, Jeep says the Gladiator fitted with the automatic delivers a crawl ratio of 77.2:1.

The Gladiator draws heavily upon new JL Series Jeep Wrangler. Another unique element to improve the Rubicon's off-road ability is a forward-facing bonnet-mounted camera that allows the driver to see obstacles obstructed by the front of the ute. The last two of these can be had with optional LED headlamps and fog lamps. Under the bed is a full-size spare wheel well that can take up to a 35-inch tyre.

Against this background, it's amusing looking two available multimedia complex with a 7 - or 8.4-inch screen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a set of electronic assistants driver. We've already seen the first official photos of the Gladiator two weeks ago when the first specs also got leaked. Meanwhile, the Rubicon benefits from heavy gauge tubular steel rock rails that protect the body while out on a trail.

The new vehicle will be built in the home of Jeep, Toledo, Ohio, in a plant vacated when the new-generation Wrangler was shifted to a different production line at the facility.