With Jeep having previously confirmed that it is calling its new pickup truck the Gladiator, you've by now heard (or made) all the references to Peter Graves's toss-away line in "Airplane"-"Joey, do you like trucks called the Gladiator?"-and resolved yourself to the brand's rationale for resurrecting the name".
Now, after a myriad of teaser photos and being spotted by our eagle-eyed spies on several occasions, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator -a veritable Wrangler with a bed- has officially been revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
After a almost 14-year tease of just-over-the-horizon promises and someday-soon product plans, Jeep showed the first production pickup to carry the brand's name in a generation: the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. "There is tremendous demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep customers and pickup truck buyers everywhere", said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep - North America. Though, the former is 787mm longer than the latter.
Towing in the Jeep Gladiator is rated at up to 7,650 lb (3,470 kg) and payload is rated at 1,600 lb (726 kg). With the Crew Cab configuration, the vehicle provides a load bay of 1,524mm.
According to Truck Trends, the new Jeep's frame is 31 inches longer than the Wrangler Unlimited (the four-door model).
A 260-horsepower diesel engine will also be available.
2020 Jeep Gladiator debuts: Not just a Wrangler pickup truck
As for trims: Sport, Sport+, Overland and Rubicon are available in the US.
Apart from those, the Gladiator also features underbody protection that keeps vital components safe from harm. The seat bottoms also flip up to take advantage of the flat-load floor, which, of course, can be optioned with modular, lockable storage. Sport, Overland, and Rubicon trucks will get skid plates and front and rear tow hooks, while the Rubicon models will have a 33-inch tire as standard. The Gladiator retains a fold down windshield, features removable tops and removable doors to deliver the open-air Jeep experience that buyers have been searching for in a pickup.
As you might expect, the front and rear axles are also the same live-axle setup used on the Wrangler, with third-generation five-lug Dana 44s and an open (Sport, Sport S and Overland) or limited-slip differential (Rubicon) for the front axle and a limited-slip (Sport or Overland) or electronic locking differential (Rubicon) for the rear axle.
The 2020 Gladiator is built in Toledo Ohio with production expected to start in the first half of 2019.
The Gladiator has a 43.6 degree approach angle, 20.3 degree breakover and 26 degree departure angle, as well as 28cm of ground clearance which is enough for 76cm wading depth. The Gladiator Rubicon can be had with a forward-facing off-road camera, beaming a picture back from the Gladiator's grille, to show the road straight ahead.
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.More news: Chiefs Kareem Hunt Attacks and Kicks Woman in Hotel Hallway