Jeep fulfills our truck dreams with the 2020 Gladiator
It's here, it's here, it's finally here.
The Jeep Gladiator pickup truck is here at the LA Auto Show and it is filled with all kinds of awesome.
Now the biggest thing you're gonna notice is that overall length has been stretched.
This thing is 31 inches longer than a regular four door wrangler and 19 and a half of those inches are in the wheel bay.
Unfortunately, that does a little bit of a doozy on off-road geometry.
Sure, you've still got the same awesome approach angle as the regular Rubicon, 44 degrees in the front.
But break over, that goes from about 23 and a quarter Rubicon to 20 here.
And the departure angle, well, you're looking at 37 in the regular Rubicon and only 26 here, so you do lose a little bit Of that geometry.
But the good news is you gain towing and payload.
You can put 1600 pounds worth of stuff in the back of this bad boy.
And you can tow 7,650 pounds.
Now right now a regular four door Rubicon you can only tow 3,500 pounds which really is not that much.
So this guy you could take your trailer, head out to the desert, and have a little bit of fun.
Powertrain options will be the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, you know, your regular same-old stuff as you get in a Jeep, made into a standard six-speed manual transmission.
There will not be a two-liter turbo offered, but in 2020 we will see a three-liter turbo-charged diesel with over 400 pound feet of twist.
That is the one I'm waiting for.
No word on pricing yet, but I expect this bad boy to be a money-printing machine for Jeep.
You'll find it in dealerships during the second quarter of 2019.