Jeep’s Worst-Kept Secret Ready to Deliver

 

While some automotive introductions come with a great deal of fanfare only to end in a lackluster unveiling, it appears Jeep has nailed it with the relaunch of the Gladiator truck, originally produced from 1962-1971. The new model promises rugged performance and greater towing capacity.

While the Gladiator won’t officially be unveiled until later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we already know a great deal about the relaunch.

The new design seems to combine a Jeep and pickup in all the best ways, featuring a four-door cab that can be customized with a soft top or two different types of hardtops — all of which are removable. The windshield also folds down, and the doors can be detached. In the back of the truck, a 5-foot box contains its own external power source, making the Gladiator an obvious pick for the outdoor crowd.

Borrowing from tradition but understanding a need for modern updates, the Gladiator will also offer a touchscreen-based Uconnect infotainment system that’s compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Additional, standard features include air conditioning, heated seats, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. Customers can even choose the option of a forward-facing camera that provides an unobstructed view of what lies ahead.

The Gladiator will house a 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 with the choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel is also rumored to be an option. This should provide enough power to tow just under 4 tons. 

The 2020 model year will mark the debut of the new Jeep Gladiator, with prices starting at about $35,000.

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