New Jeep Gladiator Is One Step Closer to Having a V6 Diesel
The new Jeep Gladiator is on sale in the United States already – and it has sold a reasonable amount (2,548 units in May). Jeep is working on getting the truck to Europe, where it will go on sale by the end of 2020. However, European purchasers will have the chance to get close with the new Gladiator 260-HP V6 Diesel Engine way before ‘it’s available in the United States.
The Jeep Owners Group hosted the annual Camp Jeep event in San Martino di Castrozza, in the heart of the Dolomite region in Italy, on July 12th-14th. ‘That’s where the Gladiator made its first official appearance on the continent. But as it was mentioned before, it will not be on sale until 2020.
Jeep will sell the pickup in Europe, and it will have a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine, which is expected to deliver about 260 horsepower and 600 Newton-meters of torque. There will be an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system as well. An engine start-stop function will be featured as a standard on the vehicle.
Jeep will offer the customers in the Middle East, the Gladiator with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The Gladiator will deliver 285 hp, and 256 lb-ft of torque and that one will only come with an eight-speed automatic. The United States is supposed to be coming out with the Jeep Gladiator 260-HP V6 Diesel Engine, but there is no news on it yet.
When the truck goes on sale next year, it will only come in three available trims. The Toledo-built machine will be sold in the Sport, Overland, and Rubicon models with the Sport and Overland getting the Command-Trac 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case as standard. The Rubicon gets a Rock-Trac 4×4 system with heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1.
The Gladiator Off-Road:
The Gladiator handles any terrain with ease. The span of the vehicle leaves it a little short from matching the off-road of the shorter Wrangler, which has a steeper approach and departure angles. The Rubicon trim is extraordinarily rugged, and it comes with several off-road features not available in lower trims.
Gladiator Towing Capacity:
This Jeep is almost near the top of the class when it comes to towing and hauling capacities. When its adequately equipped, it can tow up to 7,650 pounds and haul up to 1,600 pounds, according to jeep.com. It does just fine for the smaller towing jobs, and if buyers are considering towing heavier loads on the regular, they may want to consider a full-size pickup truck instead.
How Many People Does the Gladiator Seat?:
The Gladiator can seat up to five passengers, and it does so wonderfully. The driver has a preferable view of the road with plenty of head- and legroom as well. The rear seats are just as spacious, which offers more legroom than almost every other competitor. The seats are comfortable and supportive, which is an important detail.
Gladiator Interior Quality:
The front half of the Gladiator is a copy from its SUV cousin. It looks good on the inside, and the functionality of it is a high priority for the truck, which is a reason drivers find all of the controls they may need within more comfortable reach. The cabin is also designed with durability in mind, and it’s water-resistant so that you can hose it out after muddy adventures.
Gladiator Cargo Space:
The Gladiator comes with a 5-footbed. Even though the bed is smaller than most of its rivals’, there’s still plenty of use for it thanks to the features like an in-bed power outlet, an adjustable tie-downs, and a three-stage tailgate which can be locked into a halfway-down position. For easier access, the Gladiator’s bed rails also sit lower than in most other trucks.
Gladiator Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation:
Standard equipment includes a soft folding top with a sunroof feature, and the Uconnect infotainment system has a 5-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker audio system, and two USB ports. Available features include two different hardtops, a forward-facing off-road camera, a 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a nine-speaker Alpine audio system, and navigation (included with the 8.4-inch screen). There is also a removable Bluetooth wireless speaker, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and additional USB ports.
Every version of the Gladiator has a version of the Uconnect infotainment system. The touch screen it comes with is easy to use and responsive with its complemented physical controls. The Jeep offers upgraded versions of Uconnect which offer larger screens, navigation, and smartphone connectivity tech.
The Gladiator also has other features that other trucks don’t offer, such as a forward-facing camera to aid in off-road situations and portable waterproof Bluetooth speaker. What else can the truck do that others can’t? The Gladiator has a removable top, fold-down windshield and doors that let it morph into a convertible to help you enjoy the summer days and the adventurous off-roading that you can plan for.
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