Less than two hours away from the 2020 Jeep Gladiator’s world debut at the LA Auto Show, we can bring you the full specs and new photos of the pickup truck.
We’ve already seen the first official photos of the Gladiator when the first specs also got leaked a couple of weeks ago. Now, however, we’ve got a lot more to see and read.
The Jeep Gladiator will offer four trim levels — Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. The latter will be the most off-road-focused and will feature aluminum-bodied 2-inch diameter Fox shocks, full-length sidebars, an additional bar for the bed area, and 33-inch mud-terrain Falken M/T tires with C load rating. The Gladiator Rubicon will also offer the option of steel bumpers.
11.1-inch ground clearance, 30-inch fording ability
The JT truck will ride on a 204-inch (5,181-mm) frame, making it 31 inches (787 mm) longer than the Wrangler Unlimited. The truck has a 137-inch (3,480) wheelbase, adding 19.4 inches (492 mm) to the four-door Wrangler’s wheelbase. The added length is necessary to accommodate the 5-foot (1,254-mm) steel bed.
Despite the massive footprint, the 2020 Gladiator will deliver an impressive off-road capability. In top Rubicon trim, it offers an 11.1-inch (282-mm) ground clearance, an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, and departure angle of 26 degrees. It will also have 30-inch (762-mm) fording ability.
Compared to the Wrangler, it features bigger axles, brakes, wheels and a suspension with longer rear link arms set lower for better control and towing ability. As previously revealed, the 2020 Gladiator will have a 1,600-pound (725-kg) payload and a towing capacity of up to 7,650 lbs (3,470 kg).
V6 gasoline and diesel powertrains with six-speed manual or eight-speed auto transmissions
At launch, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will offer a standard 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine rated at 285 hp and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. The gasoline unit will be paired with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional eight-speed automatic driving all four wheels.
A diesel option will arrive in 2020 but it will only be available with the automatic transmission. There are no details about that engine, but it is likely to be an improved version of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that also equips the Grand Cherokee and previous-generation Ram 1500. Said engine is expected to deliver 260 hp and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque.
The 2020 Gladiator will be the only convertible pickup truck on the market to offer a removable hardtop, a removable soft top or both. It’s also the only truck to offer a fold-down windshield.
Jeep says the bedsides are shorter and lower than on full-size trucks, for easier loading and unloading. The pickup’s tailgate will come with a halfway-down option as well.
The new truck will offer over 80 safety and convenience features, including an “Off Road +” button for driving on sand and rock crawling, a forward-facing camera, Off-Road Pages for the infotainment screen, and more.
* Story has been updated with the full official image gallery and videos