Here is an up close and personal look at the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
Jeep took the cover off their first pickup truck design in decades last month, not only showing us what it would look like but also what it would be called. Gladiator doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as Scrambler, but it’s a noble name for an equally noble truck.
We knew from teasers and leaks that much of what would come on the Gladiator could be found on the latest generation of Wrangler, that being a 3.6-L Pentastar V6, 8-speed automatic transmission, and the latest version of FCA’s UConnect infotainment system. But we were never really told what would make the Gladiator unique as a pickup truck other than the fact it’s a Jeep pickup.
Now a new video from Top Speed gives us a virtual tour of the Gladiator with the head of Jeep brand design Mark Allen at the helm.
As with most of Jeep’s press releases, Allen emphasized that the Gladiator isn’t just a Wrangler with a bed--it’s designed from the ground up as its own vehicle, with a unique chassis and design elements.
Obviously, the most unique design element is the bed itself, so he started his tour with the Gladiator Rubicon’s rear end. The pickup box is kept lower than most mid-size pickups to make it easier for owners to reach in and grab what they want. The tailgate is damped so you never have to worry about dropping it and has interior lighting to help you find what you need quickly.
The available tonneau cover also rolls up incrementally so you can store oversized objects without the need to tie it down.
In the front, the Gladiator’s grille is larger than the Wrangler’s in order to support the additional cooling requirements of an engine towing a heavy load. Also in the wider center grille slot is an available off-road camera that shows 2-feet in front of the Gladiator to help navigate tricky terrain.
Of course, the Gladiator being a Jeep, the front windshield folds down and the roof folds away to let all the wonders of nature inside the cabin.
Under the rear seats is an available cargo compartment so you can safely stow equipment, and the rear row also folds down for baby seat straps and an available portable Bluetooth speaker.
We’re convinced this pickup is more than just a Wrangler with a bed after watching this video, so if you’re still on the fence, take a look for yourself.