Meet Jeep's First Pickup Truck In 26 Years In The 2020 Gladiator

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Meet Jeep's first pickup truck in 26 years in the 2020 Gladiator

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Meet the eagerly anticipated 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck
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For the first time in more than 25 years, Jeep will manufacture and sell a pickup truck in the United States in the hotly-anticipated, long-rumored 2020 Gladiator model.

The Fiat Chrysler brand unveiled its new truck offering on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will come in four trim options with a handful of customizable features thanks to Mopar offering more than 200 products for the model.

Jeep says that the Gladiator will be built in Toledo, Ohio and that it is due to hit dealers during 2019's second quarter. Trim options include the Sport. Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. Make sure to check out the gallery of the Gladiator at the top of this post. 

"Unquestionably a truck and instantly recognizable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure," Tim Kuniskis, head of the Jeep Brand in North America, said in a news release. 

"There is tremendous demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep customers and pickup truck buyers everywhere. Born from a rich and proud heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks, Gladiator combines rugged utility, versatility and functionality resulting in the most capable midsize truck ever."

Get ready to enhance the most capable midsize truck ever, the all-new 2020 @Jeep(r) Gladiator, with more than 200 parts and accessories available from @OfficialMopar. #JeepGladiator #LAAutoShow https://t.co/ikmuLEheLk pic.twitter.com/F67obOaAmY

-- FCA-North America (@FiatChrysler_NA) November 29, 2018

The automaker says its design team made sure to keep that legendary grilled intact for the Gladiator, but added the twist to widen its slots for increased air intake for a better towing capacity. 

Engine offerings for Jeep's revived pickup include the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. FCA's Pentastar V6 is capable of making 285 horsepower with 260-pounds of torque, and its EcoDiesel 260 horsepower with 442-pounds of torque. 

Six-speed manual transmission comes standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar, but the eight-speed automatic offering remains optional. 

"The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator offers an eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output while on the trails or enjoying smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds," the automaker writes in the release.

"The eight-speed automatic is available on all Jeep Gladiator models. Gladiator's eight-speed automatic transmission offers a responsive driving experience. Whether commuting during the week or rock crawling or hauling cargo on the weekend, customers will enjoy a smooth, linear power delivery and improved fuel efficiency."

Watch: Live Q&A on the All-New Jeep(r)[?] Gladiator, with John Mrozowski, Vehicle Line Executive. #LAAutoShow #JeepGlad https://t.co/BLxUdmkvnv

-- Jeep (@Jeep) November 28, 2018

Jeep says it used advanced materials for its body-on-frame build and its "all-new lightweight, high-strength steel frame" to make the truck as stiff yet durable as possible. The Gladiator's frame is said to be 31 inches longer than the Wrangler four-door, and that its wheelbase is 19.4 inches longer. 

It will come with a traditional steel bed with four steel cross-members reinforcing the floor with a damped aluminum tailgate. There are four skid plates and bars installed to protect the fuel tank, transfer case and transmission oil pan while hitting the trail.

The automaker says it used lightweight, high-strength aluminum for the closures on the doors, hinges, hood, fender flares, windshield frame and the tailgate to improve overall weight and fuel economy ratings. 

To properly bring Jeep's pickup trucks into the current era of technology and advanced features, the automaker says the Gladiator will come with more than 80 available safety and security features. This includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, off-road forward-facing cameras, backup and parking cameras with dynamic grid lines, and adaptive cruise control and electronic stability control, among others. 

As for the off-road features, Jeep says that the 2020 Gladiator model will come with two 4x4 systems including the Command-Trac 4x4 and Rock-Trac 4x4. 

The Command-Trac system comes standard on the Sport and Overland trims, and features a 2.72:1 low-range gear ration and a 3.73 rear-axle ratio. 

The Rock-Trac system comes standard on the Gladiator Rubicon, and offers a "4LO" ratio of 4:1 and a 4.10 front and rear axle ratio. Both systems are said to offer full-time torque management and optimal grip for low-traction situations. 

"Manufacturing capacity for the new truck was created by moving production of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler to the north side of the Toledo Assembly Complex as part of a $4.5 billion industrialization plan to realign the Company's U.S. manufacturing base to expand the Jeep and Ram brands," FCA reports. 

"FCA US invested $700 million to retool the north plant and added more than 700 new jobs to support production of the new Wrangler."

Source : https://www.mlive.com/auto/index.ssf/2018/11/2020_jeep_gladiator_truck.html

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