What you need to know about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep’s first pickup truck in decades is sure to turn heads.

The Jeep Gladiator combines the best attributes of the Wrangler with a pickup truck bed.
The Jeep Gladiator combines the best attributes of the Wrangler with the bed of a pickup truck. –Jeep

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is one of the most hotly anticipated trucks on the market.

Combining the off-roading abilities of a Jeep with the rugged versatility of a pickup truck, this vehicle will haul kayaks, mountain bikes, sporting equipment — you name it. Its washable cabin floor and lined truck bed mean it’ll take all the abuse a weekend warrior throws its way.

Check in later this year for our complete review, but for now, here’s what you need to know about Jeep’s new pickup:

The name has history.

Many suspected Jeep would name this vehicle the “Scrambler” or “Comanche” as a hat-tip to previous vehicles in its line-up. The Gladiator name was actually used for a full-size Jeep pickup truck that was built from 1962 to 1988. It survived Willys, Kaizer, American Motors, and Chrysler ownership, and it was the base of various commercial and military vehicles.

A diesel version is on the way.

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The Gladiator comes standard with Jeep’s 3.6-liter V6, making 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of toque. Power is sent through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission to standard four-wheel drive.

This combination will be good for a towing capacity of 7,650 pounds and a payload of 1,600 pounds. Later next year, expect a new diesel engine with more than 440 pound-feet of torque.

It’s trail rated, too.

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A Jeep wouldn’t be a Jeep without that trail-rated badge on the front quarter panel, and the Gladiator is no exception. It has aggressive approach angles and ground clearance as well as Dana 44 axles, a favorite among off-roaders. The Gladiator Rubicon also comes with 35-inch off-road tires, Fox off-road shock absorbers, electronic-locking front and rear differentials, and an electronically disconnecting front sway bar.

The Jeep Gladiator pickup is one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming vehicles. —Jeep

Four trims mean lots of standard and optional features.

Trims include the Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. Standard features on the Sport include Bluetooth hands-free calling with voice command, a 5-inch infotainment screen, USB port, and backup camera.

The Sport S makes available certain options packages, like the Cold Weather Group and larger Uconnect touchscreen.

The Overland can be optioned up with heated seats and leather upholstery, and it adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a shift knob, a wall-style 115-volt power outlet, and a 7-inch touchscreen. Both the Overland and Rubicon trims can have an optional 8.4-inch touchscreen. The Rubicon adds special cameras on all four sides for seeing the trail. The front trail camera has an integrated washer, so you’ll always know what’s down in front of you.

It’s probably going to cost you.

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The dirty secret with mid-sized trucks? The base price is typically a barely usable truck. They often have the base engine, rear-wheel drive, and little-to-no options.

A well-equipped Toyota Tacoma with a V6 engine, quad cab, and four-wheel drive costs upwards of $40,000. Considering the standard four-wheel drive and V6, and then throw in the removable roof, removable doors, and lowerable windshield, and it’s not unreasonable for a Gladiator to start around $45,000 to more than $60,000 for a Gladiator Rubicon.