Late last year, Jeep revealed the long awaited 2020 Gladiator pickup. The all-new Jeep Gladiator offers many of the same benefits of the new JL Wrangler on which it’s based, but also offers a variety of unique tricks up its sleeve, all of which combine to make it one of the most exciting new vehicles to launch in the last 10 years. Here, we’ll highlight 10 cool things about this revolutionary new off-roader.
1. It Offers All of the Benefits of the Wrangler …
From the back doors forward, the Gladiator is all Wrangler. This means it packs the Wrangler’s classic design cues, legendary capability, configurability and functional design, in addition to a litany of other things that we’ll discuss below.
2. … While Also Offering the Advantages of a Pickup
Aft of the rear doors, in place of the Wrangler’s cargo area, the Jeep Gladiator offers a 5-foot long pickup bed, which is on par with the short bed offerings of the Toyota Tacoma, the Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet Colorado. The Gladiator also offers an excellent 7,650-lb towing capacity and a 1,600-lb maximum payload. This opens up the Gladiator to haul mountain bikes, kayaks, a slide in camper, your boat — you name it.
3. The Roof Comes Off
Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator offers a removable roof made of either fabric or composite plastic. Both versions are divided into a few different sections and offer a variety of different possible configurations. The composite version also offers with an integrated sliding rear window.
4. The Doors Come Off
The Gladiator uses the exact same doors as the Wrangler, and just like on the Wrangler, they’re removable. Additionally, all of the Wrangler’s accessory doors will be compatible with the Gladiator, including the half doors and tube doors.
5. The Windshield Folds Down
As in the new Wrangler, the Gladiator offers a folding windshield. Folding it down is simple too. Just use the included ratchet kit to remove the Gladiator’s windshield wipers and then undo four bolts along the top of the roof for the full open-air experience.
6. There’s a Rubicon Trim
The top-of-the-line Gladiator is the Rubicon model. As with the Wrangler Rubicon, the Gladiator Rubicon offers an upgraded 4-wheel-drive transfer case with gearing for low-speed off-roading, Fox shock absorbers, locking front and rear differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar, taller fender flares and beefy all-terrain tires. In addition to the Wrangler Rubicon’s rock rails, the Gladiator also offers protection along the rear bed overhang.
7. It’s Got a Solid Front axle
In the way that the Wrangler is the last SUV on sale in the U.S. with a solid front axle, the Gladiator is the only non-heavy duty pickup offered with a solid front axle, which is excellent for low-speed off-roading given its durability and flexibility.
8. It Comes With a Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Gladiator is offered with a removable Bluetooth speaker located behind the back seat that you can pop out and take with you when the adventure carries on outside of the vehicle.
9. A Diesel Option Is Coming
While it launches with only one engine option — a 3.6 liter V6 — the Gladiator will gain a diesel engine option some time in the next year. While the diesel is expected to offer significantly more torque than the gas engine, it will likely come with a lower towing capacity, due to cooling needs.
10. It’s Highly Customizable
Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator is poised to offer endless options when it comes to customization and personalization. The Gladiator’s truck bed presents endless possibilities when it comes to configurability as well. Buyers should expect to find a number of clever and innovative caps, camper tops and storage solutions for the Gladiator to flood the market in the coming months. Find a Jeep Gladiator for sale