The vehicle that marks Jeep’s return to the pickup truck segment, the Gladiator, will officially touch down in Europe this summer for the first time during the 2019 Camp Jeep.
The event will take place in San Martino di Castrozza, Italy, between July 12 and 14, and will give Jeep fans, owners and potential customers the chance to take a closer look at the Gladiator. Subsequently, it will launch in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region next year. Its UK introduction has yet to be confirmed.
Presented to the world at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Gladiator is assembled at Toledo, Ohio. It’s billed as “the most capable mid-size truck ever” and promises “functionality, versatility, best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload, open-air freedom and superior dynamics and off-road capability”.
In the United States, the Gladiator has a starting price of $33,545, $5,600 more than the base Wrangler. At first, customers can only get it with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that’s rated at 285 hp (289 PS / 213 kW) and 260 lb-ft (352 Nm) of torque. However, in 2020, the truck will be offered with a 260 hp (264 PS / 194 kW) and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm) of torque 3.0-liter V6 diesel as well.
Both Jeep and Mopar have other surprises in store for those attending the Camp Jeep 2019 in Italy, including the Wrangler Rubicon 1941. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, it packs plenty of gear that enhances its off-road abilities and visual appearance, such as the raised suspension, snorkel, rock rails, black door sill guards and fuel door, special livery and others. The upgrades will launch this summer on the Wrangler Sahara and Sport trims powered by the 2.2-liter diesel engine.