Certain brands of sports cars have aficionados, enthusiasts and even devotees: Jeeps have fans. You know, people who value specific performance rather than the euphemistic variety. Enzo Ferrari once said, “Jeep is America’s only real sports car.” We wonder what Enzo would say about a Jeep pickup truck?
Yes, the long-awaited introduction of a Jeep pickup truck is at the door. The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be available this spring at Advantage CDJR and it is not just a Wrangler with a pickup bed. The Jeep Gladiator is a new vehicle, although it does give a wink and a nod to the Wrangler in a few design areas as if to say, “I see you.”
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator builds on the Wrangler’s character and virtues, creating a unique vehicle with rock-solid off-road credentials and robust aftermarket support for customization. Also, as with the Wrangler, there are numerous configurations for axles and axle ratios, enabling buyers to configure the 2020 Jeep Gladiator for their needs, be it everyday driver or serious off-roader.
Car and Driver: “…without compromising any of the truck’s off-road capability, and Jeep brings it: Rated to tow a maximum of 7650 pounds, the Toledo-built 2020 Gladiator Sport with the V-6 and eight-speed automatic turning 4.10:1 axles, surpasses the 3500-pound towing capacity of the most capable Jeep Wrangler JL by more than two tons.”
The frame measures 30.6 inches longer than that which underpins the current Wrangler JL four-door and gives the Gladiator a 137.3-inch wheelbase, a considerable 19.9 inches longer than that of the Wrangler JL 4-door.
Here is a bit of wonky information: At the rear is a Gladiator-exclusive five-link design with forged steel trailing arms and a Panhard rod. A Panhard rod is a suspension link that provides lateral location of the axle. That last bit, lateral location of the axle actually has to do with the attachment of the Panhard bar. Why bring this up? Well, this is the kind of thing sports car manufacturers love to talk about and NASCAR folks too. Enzo Ferrari is smiling right now, we just know it.
The Gladiator can be had with a choice of a 3.6-liter V6 or a 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine. The standard engine for the Gladiator is the gasoline-fueled V6, which produces 285 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. A diesel engine will join the lineup in 2020, with 260 hp and 442 pound-feet of torque.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be available this spring at Advantage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Mt. Dora. Call us at (352) 735-3777 should you have any questions for us or prefer to make an appointment. Our website is available 24/7 at AdvantageCDJR.com.