Breaking Down the 2020 Jeep Gladiator

The new Jeep Gladiator is the rugged off-road truck that Jeep enthusiasts have been waiting for. It's a pickup that makes no compromises in capability, utility, or even fun. Here's what to know about the popular new pickup.

Design

There's a clear homage to the Jeep Wrangler in the lines and styling cues of the Gladiator. Its circular headlamps, seven-slot grille, and squared-off styling are all Jeep through and through. Styling aside, though, there's a lot of substance in the design of the Gladiator.

Every new Gladiator comes in the popular four-door, short bed configuration. It's the most common truck configuration on the roads of Nicholasville and Lexington, KY, and Jeep has gone directly to it with the Gladiator. The configuration allows for up to five passengers to ride along comfortably while still offering substantial bed space.

Under the surface, the Gladiator is a true truck. Its old-school body sits atop a sturdy steel boxed ladder frame for optimal strength and durability. It's the only truck in its segment with solid axles at the front and back.

Performance

Jeep took seriously the goal of developing class-leading midsize truck performance in the Gladiator. It wasn't enough to just dominate the off-road front; Jeep wanted to beat the established midsize pickup models at their own game.

As it turns out, the new Gladiator does just that. Right off of the assembly line, this truck can tow up to 7,650 pounds and carry up to 1,600 pounds of payload -- stout ratings for a midsize truck. In fact, it leads the segment in both criteria. The Gladiator's grunt comes from a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. There's no need to pay extra for big power, since the V6 comes standard in every trim level.

This attention to truck duty doesn't detract from the Gladiator's off-road credentials, however. It's easy to tell from a glance that the Gladiator means business when it comes to tackling trails.

High ground clearance and standard four-wheel drive start things off well for the truck, giving even base S models exceptional aptitude for all-terrain performance. The Gladiator Rubicon is the real champion, though. This top-level trim comes standard with locking differentials, heavy duty Rock-Trac 4x4 system, disconnecting front sway bar, and knobby off-road tires.

Technology and Safety

The Gladiator may err on the side of old-school simplicity, but its available technology features can provide impressive sophistication in both media and safety.

On the safety end, the Gladiator has many compelling features to appreciate.

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Stop
  • Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking
  • Rear Cross Path Detection

Media and connectivity are strong in the Gladiator as well, with infotainment features providing a link between useful technology and engaged driver.

  • Uconnect Infotainment Options
  • Multiple Touchscreen Display Sizes Available
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Trim Levels

The new Jeep Gladiator promises world-beating capability across the board, but not every model is exactly the same. From interior features to off-road upgrades, the Gladiator's range of trim levels offers many combinations of features and equipment to serve different tastes and driving styles.

  • Gladiator Sport
  • Gladiator Sport S
  • Gladiator Overland
  • Gladiator Rubicon

Test Drive the New Jeep Gladiator

Come see the new 2020 Gladiator today at Big M Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Danville, KY, and Louisville, KY. If you're looking for a new truck in the areas near Richmond, KY and Versailles, then you'll be glad you took the time to see this capable vehicle and explore the latest financing and leasing opportunities.