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2020 Jeep Gladiator: Understanding What the All-New Truck Has to Offer

It's done -- Jeep has finally unveiled a new pickup truck inspired by the looks and capability of the Wrangler. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator truly encapsulates the best of midsize truck utility and Jeep-brand style and capability. This new model occupies a unique space in the market, catering to drivers who want a practical truck for the week and a trail-busting all-terrain boss for the weekend.

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Breaking Down Performance Features

Jeep enthusiasts rightly have high expectations for performance features in the new Gladiator pickup. Luckily, the new model more than lives up to those expectations.

The Gladiator has a major advantage over other models in the segment when it comes to base performance features. While other models offer a standard four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive, the Gladiator goes straight to a big V6 and four-wheel drive at ever trim level. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 makes 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, far outpacing the four-cylinder engines in other midsize trucks. Jeep has stated that a diesel engine option will be available sometime in 2020. The V6 mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Every new Gladiator will come with a robust four-wheel drive system. The Roc-Trac 4x4 system found in the Sport, Sport S, and Overland trims is ready to head out to your favorite local trails. If you're looking for a Gladiator that's fully loaded with off-road goodies, consider the Gladiator Rubicon. This model comes with a more robust Command-Trac 4x4 system, larger all-terrain tires with aggressive tread, locking differentials, extra skid plates, and more.

All-Terrain Talent, Now with Extra Towing and Payload Capacity

The Gladiator's impressive standard performance features translate into robust practical capabilities. It's not just an off-road specialist -- it's a truly versatile midsize truck that can handle all sorts of applications.

If you have frequent towing needs, never fear. The Gladiator's standard V6 engine lets it tow up to 7,650 pounds. It's also good for up to 1,600 pounds of payload. You'll be ready load up the bed with your motorcycle, work equipment, camping gear, or other cargo.

When you do take the Gladiator off road, you'll likely be impressed by its serious capabilities. With four-wheel drive, solid front and rear axles, and a body-on-frame design, the Gladiator has everything you need for a great time on the trails. The Gladiator offers an approach angle of 43.6 degrees and a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees. Its departure angle comes in at 26 degrees. You'll also get 11.1 inches of ground clearance and up to 30 inches of water fording stock.

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A Fresh Take on a Classic Look

From the front, the new Gladiator looks a lot like the Wrangler -- and that's by design. Jeep fans have been clamoring for a pickup version of the Wrangler for years, and that's essentially what the Gladiator is. Its circular headlamps, seven-slot grille, and squared-off panels look like they came right off of the Wrangler. Things only get different when you move to the side and notice the addition of a pickup bed on the back end.

The new Gladiator is only available in one body style, but it's a practical one. All Gladiator models have a four-door cab with a five-foot bed. This configuration is easily the most popular among midsize trucks. You'll have plenty of space for up to five passengers and a pickup box that's big enough to handle most all of your normal cargo needs.

The new Gladiator has another trick up its sleeve -- it's the only convertible midsize truck on the market. Just like the Wrangler, you can remove the Gladiator's roof and doors and have a driving experience that's open to the world.

Safety Considerations

Jeep didn't overlook safety while trying to make the Gladiator a fun vehicle. In fact, the automaker did quit the opposite. The 2020 Gladiator offers a gamut of active safety features that prove helpful in such a burly vehicle. Available features include Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, forward-facing off-road camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, and many more.

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Arriving at Dealerships Imminently

The new 2020 Gladiator is a compelling package. It's an off-road beast, capable work truck, and roomy family vehicle all in one. Plus, you can take the top off for a convertible driving experience. If you're on the market for a unique vehicle, the Gladiator certainly fits the bill.The 2020 Gladiator isn't available at dealerships yet, but it will be soon. So, keep your eye out and take it for a test drive when it's available. You'll be glad that you did.

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