How the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Cemented Itself in the Pickup Segment
It’s no secret that Americans have a love affair with pickup trucks. Statistics indicate that a pickup truck is bought every 12 seconds. What else do Americans love? They love Jeep vehicles! In 2018, Jeep had its best sales year ever, selling almost a million units in the U.S. alone. Clearly, this nation loves big vehicles with rugged road presence and four-wheel-drive.
Jeep went almost three decades without producing a pickup truck, which explains the reaction when the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator debuted. Although the truck debuted at the 2018 LA Auto Show, it wasn’t until the spring of 2019 that the truck finally launched. Instead of building a brand-new pickup from the ground up, Jeep took the best assets of the existing Wrangler model — including its platform — and built upon them. With a stretched wheelbase, tweaked features, and a truck bed, Jeep made one of the hottest pickups of the model year.
Of course, all the parts and features that make the Wrangler model an icon made their way onto the 2020 Gladiator. There’s a removable top, removable doors, a waterproof interior, an intuitive infotainment system, and a convenient interior. All of these features are standard on every 2020 Gladiator model, regardless of trim. Jeep even lets buyers choose between a manual or automatic transmission, making it one of the last few pickups in today’s market giving drivers the option to choose between the two — they just don’t make them like they used to!
Being a pickup truck means that the Gladiator can do much more than the Wrangler — like towing up to 7,650 pounds as opposed to the Wrangler’s 3,500 pounds. The truck bed alone means more cargo space than the Wrangler, and with even three adults on board, the Gladiator can still take on half a ton of gear without problem. Optional features, such as an integrated 110-volt plug in the bed and an integrated Bluetooth speaker that self-charges from the pickup itself. Features such as these make the Gladiator a bonafide candidate when it comes to determining the best tailgating rigs on the market.
Buyers looking to conquer terrain off the beaten path will be delighted with the Gladiator Rubicon trim. The Rubicon trim builds on the Gladiator’s already-established prowess thanks to an electronic sway bar disconnect, locking differentials, and a lowe range that’s perfect for rock crawling. On the other hand, those interested in the Gladiator’s on-road performance, will be glad to learn that the Gladiator offers refined on-road comfort. The long wheelbase adds stability while cruising on the highway, making it a superb pickup choice for long stays behind the wheel. There are even other impressive optional features such as radar-based active cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors and much more.