When the 4th generation Wrangler arrived in 2017, it was just a matter of time for a pickup variant to join the lineup. Well, here it is. Instead of calling it as “Wrangler Pickup”, Jeep christened it ‘Gladiator’ – a better sounding name.
Which of course, is a comeback of a name that was discontinued sometime in the ’90s. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is available in Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon trims. The photos here showcase the Rubicon and Overland models with some Mopar accessories.
The bed size measures about 5 foot. Some of the other key features include towing capacity of up to 7,650 pounds and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity, up to 30 inches of water fording, Command-Trac 4×4 system with two-speed transfer case – standard on Sport and Overland, electronic sway-bar disconnect for improved articulation and total suspension travel on Rubicon models, and a host of available active and passive safety equipment.
According to Jeep, an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees and a ground clearance of 11.1 inches allows the Gladiator to go anywhere.
Powering the 2020 Jeep Gladiator at launch is a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, offering 285 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while an 8-speed automatic is optional.
A 3.0-litre EcoDiesel engine will join in 2020, offering 260 hp and 442 lb.-ft. (599 Nm) of torque. This one is paired to an 8-speed automatic as standard.