It’s not often you can take a vehicle at face value, but in this case, sight is right. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck is just as agile—and just as forceful—as its guise suggests.
More Than Just a Wrangler Enhanced?
The upcoming Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, which was recently revealed at the LA Auto Show, has the appearance of a deft offroader and a hungry hauler all at once. It retains the iconic sharp corners of a Wrangler with the obvious addition of a bed.
Maintaining a modest mid-size pickup classification, the Gladiator Rubicon can tow a segment-leading 7,650 pounds. Add a 1600-pound payload capacity to the mix and you’ve got yourself a worthy contender.
The working-class attitude of the Gladiator is thanks to a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine, which produces a respectable 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Those who want to nearly double the torque can opt for a slimmer engine displacement and an efficient diesel setup, for the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 harnesses 442 pound-feet of torque.
Putting Doubts of the Bed to Rest
Some critics are concerned about the Gladiator’s five-foot bed. Unlike its Ford, Toyota and Nissan competitors, the truck will release without the option for length extension. However, five feet remains enough for most buyers, particularly when paired with impeccable off-road capabilities that other brands just can’t match.
Whether you’re carrying the kayaks to a remote destination or moving the armoire across town, a five-foot bed will make for a convenient addition to a classic Jeep composition.
A Jeep to Its Core
The 4×4 setup of the Jeep Gladiator is available with FOX shocks, 33-inch all-terrain tires and even something called a TrailCam, which keeps an eye on the ground so drivers can detect obstacles on the landscape as they come. Perhaps most importantly, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator retains its archetypical open-air essence. Sail with the top off while carrying your dirt bikes and watch the faces of Toyota Tacoma owners drop as they shift past you on the turnpike.