Jeep Gladiator Pickup Debuts at LA Auto Show

Jeep Gladiator Pickup Debuts at LA Auto Show

The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is here, the first pickup truck in the company’s lineup since, well, I can’t remember. In true Jeep form, the truck arrived at the Los Angeles auto show, now called AutoMobility, in dramatic fashion.

As one of the early-day press day presentations, the Jeep Gladiator reveal was, as expected, a wake-up call. The first example arrived in the appointed hall by rolling up a few steps. Two others overcame off-road challenges to emerge on the stage. It was great theater, but also showed the qualities for which the Jeep brand is known and exemplified how it excels.

The Gladiator, a midsize truck, can be had with removable doors and pop-down windshield for off-road enjoyment; it also has full-bodied protection as desired, with functionality, dependability and versatility, and tops in-class 4×4 capability. It’ll tow 7650 pounds and take 1650 in the bed.

Jeep Gladiator Pickup Debuts at LA Auto Show

Jeep’s 2018 Wrangler, Motor Trend’s SUV of the year, gained a partner in this Gladiator pickup truck being built in Toledo, Ohio for second-quarter 2019 deliveries. Like many of its trail-rated stablemates, Gladiator is made of lightweight, high-strength aluminum for its doors, hinges, hood, fenders, windshield frame and tailgated, keeping the weight down and ability to reconfigure high.

Gladiator will first appear with Jeep’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic – or six-speed manual – transmission. In 2020, a 3-liter EcoDiesel V-6 will be available with the eight-speed automatic.

Jeep Gladiator Pickup Debuts at LA Auto Show

Jeep’s fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the choice of 7-in or 8.4-in touchscreen sizes, both with pinch-and-zoom capability. There are four configurations of Gladiator: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon.

Judging by the interest at the show itself and the response to its over-the-top introduction, it looks like Jeep has another winner with its new Gladiator pick-up, whether buttoned-up with a hardtop or equipped with soft-top options on the truck.

Jeep Gladiator Pickup Debuts at LA Auto Show

About Anne Proffit 223 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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