After tons of speculation and interim names for the next ambitious pick-up truck in its line-up, Jeep finally dropped the covers on the new Gladiator at the LA Auto Show.
The new pick-up truck is a derivative of Jeep’s favourite child, Wrangler. And we can only expect that the nameplate just got better. Earlier rumours suggested that the company was looking forward to naming the pick-up as Scrambler. However, from the looks of it, the Gladiator is no Scrambler.
The truck is built in the same Toledo complex as the Wrangler and gets a unique frame that is 31-inches longer than the four-door variant of the former along with a wheelbase that measures 19.4 inches longer. It also features a full five-foot bed adding close to 180kgs than the Wrangler.
The Gladiator will be offered in four trims: Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. Almost half of all its parts across the range is shared with the Wrangler including the bonnet, fenders and powertrains.
The truck will hit the showrooms with advanced fuel-efficient powertrains including a 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 352Nm of torque, featuring ESS as standard. Apart from that, a 3.0-litre EcoDiesel engine will be available starting in 2020, which will feature a V6 configuration, yielding 260 horsepower and 600Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be provided throughout the range with an option of a six-speed manual transmission.