The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Forward-Facing Camera
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator was designed to tackle any obstacle. To assist the off-roaders with situational awareness of these pathway obstructions, the Gladiator’s designers added an innovative forward-facing camera in the middle slot of the midsize truck’s seven-slot grille. With a push of a button on the Uconnect Off-road pages, the camera gets activated with images streamed right to the radio screen.
“The inspiration for the forward-facing camera was our customer, the Jeep enthusiast,” said Pete Milosavlevski, Gladiator chief engineer, added that feedback for this camera that came from riding with customers during off-road excursions. “We wanted to provide another innovative tool for the Jeep enthusiast to use and have a great time while they are off-roading.”
The forward-facing camera, exclusive to the Rubicon model, is one of more than 80 available advanced safety and security features available on the Gladiator. When activated, the off-road camera can detect obstacles less than two feet in front of the bumper and as far out as 10 feet in front of the Gladiator. The camera not only provides a view of the road ahead but also dynamic gridlines to help navigate oncoming obstacles.
Designers paid attention to the little details when it came to the camera. Since it is an off-road camera, it’s bound to get grimy. When drivers want to remove the dust and stay in the comfort of the Gladiator, there’s a camera washer that can be activated from the radio screen.
The Gladiator gets a 3.6-liter V6, which produces 285 horsepower. It returns up to 17 miles per gallon in the city, 22 on the highway, and 19 when it’s combined with the eight-speed automatic. The V6 gives power, and it’s able to tow up to 7,650 pounds, haul up to 1,600 pounds.
If you purchase the turbocharged 2.0-liter mild-hybrid engine on the new Wrangler, making it lively and robust. The Gladiator’s Pentastar V6 is more capable and powerful than the turbocharged four-cylinder. A 3.0-liter diesel is good for 260 hp, and 442 lb-ft is coming, which should add some needed low-end torque to the range, but we probably won’t see it for another few months after launch.
Jeep Gladiator Off-Road Capability
From experience, Jeep knows that when rock-crawling on Moab, the Rubicon Trail, the driver can’t see what’s ahead. Looking through the windshield, and you can only see the sky. Does the road disappear into the abyss? Drivers won’t know.
Jeep has installed a forward-facing camera, called TrailCam, on the Gladiator pickup that the driver can actuate to see precisely what is in front of the truck and it can be seen on the infotainment system. It’s a smart idea, and one that we can’t believe took so long to arrive. It’s a tried and true way to determine what is ahead for safety.
Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Features
The Gladiator Rubicon models have exclusive forward-facing off-road TrailCam which allows the obstacles ahead to be easily seen by the driver and passenger as well. The front camera is mounted just behind the middle slot of Gladiator’s seven-slot grille. It can be retrieved through the available off-road pages in the infotainment menus.
Jeep Gladiator TrailCam
It’s a great idea to have a trail camera, as the whole concept of Gladiator Rubicon and Jeeps, is to get dirty and dusty. Removing the soft-top, removing the doors, dropping the windshield and putting on some goggles and you can make a raccoon face of mud. All that dirt, dust and other road goo are going to coat that camera and render it useless; so Jeep created a sprayer to clean it off.
The squirter is just like the one that washes the windshield, and it uses the same fluid. To make it squirt, tap a button on the infotainment screen. Out it comes, and if you do it twice, it will stay clean.
It was something that many couldn’t stop doing at the recent Jeep Gladiator media event at the New England Motor Press Association headquarters. Especially when someone stood in front of the Gladiator.
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