The Power and Utility of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator – Ennis, TX

June 14th, 2019 by

A grey 2020 Jeep Gladiator and a red one are parked in opposite directions in a field near Ennis, TX.

There was a time when the pickup truck was a central part of the Jeep lineup. One-part utility vehicle, two parts rugged off-road champion, the Jeep pickup trucks of old were the best of both worlds. Although, come 1992, production on the Jeep pickup ended altogether. For a while it seemed like the idea of a Jeep pickup would be but a cherished memory of the past; that was until they unveiled the 2020 Jeep Gladiator at the 2018 LA Auto Show. The Jeep Gladiator is a reimagining of the Jeep pickup concept, infusing the flare of the modern flagship Jeep Wrangler, with the inherent utility of a pickup truck. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator joins a Jeep family lineup that has changed a lot since 1992, with other new faces like the spunky Jeep Renegade. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator shows that Jeep is still willing to take chances with their designs and create trucks and SUVs that continue to be at the top of their class.

On the Surface of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator

One look at the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and you’ll see where Jeep pulled their inspiration from; the Jeep Wrangler. In many ways, this Jeep pickup at first glance looks like a Jeep Wrangler with a five-foot truck bed attached, and in truth, there is nothing wrong with that at all. The Jeep Wrangler is an impressive SUV, that has earned a reputation for being a well-built off-road juggernaut, beloved by campers, hikers, and general adventurers everywhere. So, Jeep knew exactly who they were catering to when they crafted the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. From the iconic front grill plate to the rounded LED headlights and open-air window and windshield design, the Jeep Gladiator plucked everything that the Jeep Wrangler has done right in terms of style and design.

The Jeep Gladiator will come in four different trim options the Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon, lending to some pretty diverse options in terms of customizability. The Jeep Gladiator will come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine as standard, which provides quite a lot of oomph for the potential driver. Offering up 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft worth of torque, the Jeep Gladiator is on par with other pickups of its class. All of this power can be put to good use too since the Jeep pickup can tow up to 7,650 lbs of cargo, making it a perfect pick for the road-tripper, weekend warrior, or occasional trailer hauler. To sweeten an already sweet deal, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator clocks in with some solid fuel economy for a pickup earning an EPA-rated 17 mpg in the city and 22 on the highway.

How the Jeep Gladiator Handles On and Off-Pavement

A red 2020 Jeep Gladiator is in the mud on a trail near Ennis, TX.

Jeep designed the Gladiator with Wrangler fans in mind, and that’s true of more than just style and aesthetic. Behind the wheel of the Gladiator, Wrangler drivers will feel a number of similarities both on and off-pavement. Offering some pretty responsive handling on even the curviest of roads, and incredible versatility out on the dirt, it’s clear that the similarities between the Gladiator and Wrangler are far from a bad thing.

 

When compared to other pickup trucks of its class, the Gladiator excels when it comes to off-road handling. For those familiar with the Jeep brand this shouldn’t come as a surprise, Jeep’s four-wheel-drive system has made their vehicles unprecedented off-road champions for quite some time now. That said, the Jeep Gladiator’s handling on even some of the toughest trails puts it on par with its bed-less look alike. With solid axles, 33-inch off-road tires, and locking front and rear differentials, it is easy to see that the Jeep Gladiator is ready to take on almost anything the great outdoors can throw at it.

Rugged on the Outside, Plush Utility on the Inside

While the Jeep Wrangler and 2020 Jeep Gladiator may seem similar on the outside, one peek inside, and you’ll see that the Gladiator’s designers took some creative liberties. For starters, the Gladiator offers a longer wheelbase, which as a result lends to greater room in the rear seats when stacked up against the Wrangler. Some versions of the Jeep Gladiator can come with leather material seating as well, adding to the luxurious interior feel of the Gladiator.

That said, you shouldn’t confuse the 2020 Jeep Gladiator as some quiet and inconspicuous luxury car. As can be expected from a car with an open-air design, a ride in the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is quite loud with road noise. This fact may deter some hopefuls from picking up the Jeep Gladiator, but drivers who are already in love with the open-air design found in the Wrangler, won’t find any hang-ups.

The Technology within the 2020 Jeep Gladiator

When it comes to technology Jeep has always been a few steps behind competitor brands. That said, they’ve always catered to drivers who appreciate the raw and natural driving experience. With the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, they’ve moved in a more modern direction including the additional bells and whistles that add an assisted energy to the driving experience; which is hardly a bad thing. Some of these features make driving the Jeep Gladiator safer and give drivers greater overall awareness while on the road.

Take the Jeep Gladiator’s use of blind-spot monitors which utilize sensors to alert drivers when a car or object is passing in their blind-spot. Automatic emergency braking brings an added level of safety, activating your brakes before a potential head-on collision. And with adaptive cruise control, you can take your finger off of the speed controls, as intuitive software will handle speed adjustment for you.

A close up of the entertainment system in the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is displaying vehicle information.

Apart from safety, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is set up with an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible infotainment system. This infotainment system can be upgraded in the Overland trim option, which offers an expansive 8.4-inch infotainment screen. Some models of the Jeep Gladiator can also come with a full-power outlet installed in the rear truck bed, adding to the level of utility.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator: A New Kind of Pickup

Jeep has always been an auto brand that has put an added focus on utility, and there is nothing quite like the utility of a pickup truck. The Jeep Gladiator is a modern and entirely off-road capable pickup that takes utility to the next level. With the versatility to drive on almost any terrain, solid engineering, and plenty of power beneath the hood, the Jeep Gladiator stands as one of the most impressive vehicles on the Jeep family lineup. Although, it is worth noting that the Jeep Gladiator stands apart from traditional pickup models. While the Jeep Gladiator will undoubtedly entertain the staunchest of pickup drivers, one minute behind the wheel and you’ll get why this Jeep truck exists in a league of its own.

The Jeep Gladiator has already begun hitting dealership showroom floors and is catching the attention of both Jeep and pick up fans. The Gladiator starts at $33,545 MSRP and is already making waves within the market. There are also rumors that Jeep is going to unveil a plug-in version of the Gladiator, alongside their release of a potentially electric Jeep Wrangler. All things considered, the future looks bright for both Jeep and their punchy pickup truck. Visit your local Jeep dealership, Frank Kent CDJR today to experience the power, class, and versatility of the Jeep Gladiator first hand.