The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the brand’s first pickup in nearly three decades, and aims to offer a unique blend of off-road and heavy hauling capability. Fox News Autos editor Gary Gastelu brought it to the Monticello Motor Club to see if it lives up to the Jeep name.
Jeep is turning its off-roaders into off-roadrunners.
The brand is introducing new “Desert Rated” versions of the Wrangler SUV and Gladiator pickup that are optimized for high-speed driving on dirt roads and sand, rather than crawling over rocks like its current Trail Rated models are.
The Wrangler and Gladiator Mojave models feature high-performance Fox shocks and hydraulic jounce bumpers designed to resist overheating and soak up big impacts, a one-inch front lift, a front skid plate, a reinforced frame, stronger axles and steering knuckles, a wider stance and the ability to lock the rear axle while the four-wheel-drive system is in high for added traction on slippery surfaces.
The Mojave models ride on 17-inch wheels with 33-inch all-terrain tires and provide 11.6 inches of ground clearance. The trim level will initially be available on 3.6-liter V6-powered trucks with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing will be announced closer to when they go on sale this spring.