What is it? The first jeep pickup with a badly thought out – and the best – 1992 Comanche. In Jeep’s humble opinion, “the most capable midsize truck.”
Why is it important? Well, if you do not live in a cave, you should know that everything that is sold in remote trucks is sold as hot cakes. Combine this with the beautiful looks of the Wrangler and the Jeep nameplate, and almost everyone in the business — even the Jeep competitors — think the Gladiator will be a hit.
As for the “most capable” bragging, the Gladiator is available with 33-inch off-road tires, Dana 44 axles, electric Tru-Lock front and rear lockers, Trac-Lok slip differential and an exclusive electronic tilt-off system. In other words, it is off road. It is also something like a workhorse, capable of towing 3,475 kilograms and carrying 725 kilograms in its five-foot bed. To show how serious a working truck is, Jeep engineers even captured motorcycle tires on their front walls to show motocross riders where they can load their bikes.
Like the standard Wrangler, there is a flip windscreen, so you can get close to nature, both soft and hard tops, and completely unique in this segment, all four doors can be removed for a true outdoor experience. There is even an off-road front camera in Rubicon that makes it easy to see the obstacles on the trail.
But not everything about the new Gladiator should be rude and fall. Two standard USB ports are available, as well as modern shades also have a USB-C port in front and a 400-watt 115-volt three-pin AC outlet. Drop into the fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system, which includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on seven- or 8.4-inch touch screens with the ability to zoom in and out – and maybe there is some truth to this most capable grandeur.
Oh, the motivation – I almost forgot – comes from a 285-horsepower Pentstar V6 or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 FCA.
When will it come? Jeep Gladiator will arrive in the second quarter of 2019 as a model for 2020.
If you buy it? What part of the "most capable" you have not received? Again, this is a pick-up truck that is authentic as a jeep and everything is fine, most of the off-road capabilities of the legendary brand — for example, it will move through 30-inch deep currents — so you don’t like it? Easily hitting the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Jeeps is going to sell all of these Gladiator items that he can build.