Talk about knowing how to make an entrance. Jeep knew it had a winner on its hands and saved the unveil for the Los Angeles Auto Show. With journalists crowding around the closed off tent like Jeep groupies, the company unveiled the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
Take everything you love about the Jeep Wrangler and turn it into a midsize pickup truck. Since the Wrangler refresh, the rumors have been constant, and the Jeep faithful kept clamoring for a truck version. No focus group was needed from Jeep. All the automaker had to do was deliver.
And judging by the reactions, the executives back at Jeep’s parent company, Chrysler, are already counting the cash from what will be a runaway hit.
2020 Jeep Gladiator Specs
Set for release around summer 2019, the Jeep Gladiator is basically a stretched out Wrangler with bigger tires, an upgraded suspension, and larger axles. Makes it damn hard to complain when it couples the off-road capability of a Wrangler with best-in-class towing (midsize pickup) of 7,650 pounds and payload of 1,600 pounds.
Think of it like this. You can haul your boat, kayaks and your family to the lake. In that order. What about the price? Jeep is mum on the subject, but expectations are for a start price in the low $30,000 range and then higher as you step up into the Overland and Rubicon models.
What might be tough is finding one on the lot. Can you imagine the aftermarket accessories? It’s already great looking, but I’ll happily turn one over to Starwood Motors and let them work their magic.