The 2019 Jeep Gladiator has made debut at the ongoing LA Auto Show. The much-awaited truck was spied a few times on US soil and even its official images were leaked earlier this month.
Since the Gladiator basically looks like a ‘Wrangler with bed’, many designers have had their rendition of the truck, all of which look un-surprisingly similar to the one above. However, with more details coming to us from LA, things don’t just seem skin deep!
For starters, Jeep has stretched the wheelbase of the Gladiator by 19.4 inches (to 281 inches) so as to accommodate the bed. This makes it the longest vehicle in the manufacturer’s lineup and a very imposing figure on road (as the images tell us). However, the length won’t affect its off-road prowess and a new rear suspension is provided to attest this. Further, it has been put through every inch of the Rubicon trail, just like any other Jeep.
The truck’s seemingly low stance can still wade 30-inches of water, and is ergonomic enough to allows an average sized person can reach into the bottom of its bed.
Jeep Gladiator variants: Soft top, hard top, windshield and more
Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator will be available in a Soft Top as well as (two) Hard top models, which is a first for the segment. Also, it gets removable doors and roof, along with foldable windshield. The truck itself is only available in a four-door crew cab configuration though.
A range of 200 accessories will be made available through Jeep’s Mopar division.
Price & Release date
The Jeep Gladiator will fall in to segment that is currently helmed by Ford’s F150, with Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 a way behind. After its debut at LA, the truck is likely to go on sale as a 2020 model by mid-2019.
Jeep Gladiator- Engine and specs
Powering the Gladiator is a 3.6L Gasoline V6 mated to either eight-speed auto or six-speed manual. It can produce maximum of 285-horsepower, sending power to all four wheels. There’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel as well with 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque- claimed to come with best-in-class towing and payload capacity. However, this model will only be available in 2020.
Stay tuned for more news and updates!