The first Gladiator built is painted in Billet Silver and is fitted with options such as the Trail Rail system and tonneau cover. We don’t know who the lucky owner of the very first Jeep pickup truck is, but they’ll soon possess a very special piece of Jeep history.
The American manufacturer took off the covers to the Gladiator at last year’s LA Auto Show after years of speculation about a Wrangler-inspired pickup.
The Gladiator measures 204-inch (5181 mm) in length, which makes it 31 inches (787 mm) longer than the Wrangler Unlimited. What’s more, the truck’s wheelbase is also 19.4-inches (492 mm) longer than the four-door Wrangler, stretching on for a huge 137 inches (3480 mm). In Rubicon trim, like the Billet Silver example just built, it has 11.1 inches (282 mm) of ground clearance, and approach, breakover and departure angles of 43.6, 20.3 and 26 degrees respectively.
A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 producing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque is standard, and customers can opt between a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. Whichever is selected, power is sent to all four wheels. The Gladiator range will grow in 2020 with the introduction of a diesel model, that will allegedly put out 260 hp and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque.
Jeep recently announced that the Gladiator will also launch in Europe in 2020, but unlike the U.S., the company doesn’t expect it to sell in large numbers there.