I am a big fan of the Jeep Wrangler. The Wrangler won many awards from various motor magazines. So how could we make the Jeep Wrangler even better? Maybe a matching pickup?
Just as a reminder, past Jeep Scramblers were Wranglers with a small bed. However, the original 1963 Jeep Gladiator was a true pickup, and is also serving for the model for the 2020 truck. Jeep loyalists asked for a resurrection of the pickup since the 1986-1992 Comanche.
Why are people interested in this truck? The Jeep Gladiator was developed as a competitive midsize pickup and also has the capability of a Wrangler. Furthermore, Tim Kuniskis, head of the Jeep brand in North America made it very clear that the Scrambler is not coming back.
So, when can we expect the Jeep Gladiator? The 2020 Gladiator will go on sale in the second quarter of 2019. The Gladiator will be entering the midsize pickup segment with strong competition: the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and now the return of the Ford Ranger in the U.S. in January.
It is, therefore, safe to assume the Jeep Gladiator is a latecomer, and unfortunately success is never guaranteed for a latecomer. However, keep in mind that this is Jeep, with years of demand and strong brand loyalty. And let us also not forget Jeep has the most recognized vehicle styling in the world.
Under the hood we find a 285 bhp, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with start/stop and a six-speed manual. However, the next-generation 3.0-liter EcoDiesel turbocharged V-6 engine with start/stop will be available in 2020 with the 8-speed. Finally the plug-in hybrid is expected in 2020.
Motortrend states "there will be more than 200 Mopar parts and accessories available in the second quarter of 2019 including 35-inch tires, LED lights, tube doors, bikini top and storage drawers that pull out of the back".
The Jeep Gladiator will make a difference in the midsize pickup segment.