Few vehicles have had the anticipation level and immediate interest level as has the Jeep Gladiator. New for 2020, the Gladiator builds on the legendary pickup trucks from Jeep’s past. It even takes its name from one of them. Like those previous trucks, the Gladiator, despite appearances, is not just a Jeep Wrangler with a five-foot bed on it.
The 2020 Gladiator uses a lot of what Jeep’s parent company, Fiat-Chrysler, has learned from its Ram Trucks brand. The underpinnings of the Gladiator are more akin to the Ram 1500 pickup than they are to the Wrangler that the Gladiator’s bodywork faithfully imitates. This is a good thing, as it makes the Gladiator a working pickup truck instead of a truck-in-shape-only as could have been the case.
In keeping with the Jeep focus, however, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator does keep the off-road prowess, strong “get out there” nature, and rugged appeal of the other Jeep offerings. The Gladiator is a specialty truck that focuses on off-road capability above all else. Trim packages for the Gladiator bear this out with names like Rubicon and Mojave.
The Jeep Gladiator is a mid-sized pickup truck that comes as a four-door with a five-foot cargo bed. It can be had in a hard top or automated convertible with rear-wheel bias and four-wheel drive. For the 2020 model year, a V6 gasoline engine and a V6 diesel engine are offered.