New Jeep Gladiator
Jeep has revealed the Gladiator, it's new heavy duty pick up truck based on the well knows Jeep Wrangler, at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
This is the first pick-up Jeep has produced since the Comanche went off sale in 1992, is designed to cash in on the growing North American pick-up market. It will go on sale over there next year, although it is not known if there are any plans for it to come to Europe yet.
The Gladiator features the same body-on-frame chassis design as the Wrangler, and takes heavy styling cues from the off-roader. That includes the very familiar headlight and front grille design, however it features extra ventilation to help cool the engine when it is being used for towing.
- The Gladiator is 787mm longer than the four-door Wrangler
- in Crew Cab configuration, features a 1524mm load bay
- Jeep says the Gladiator can carry loads of up to 725kg, and has 4370kg of towing capacity
- 17inch wheels, with Rubicon spec models using 33-inch off-road tyres
- Jeep promises 11.1 inches of ground clearance
- LED information displays up to 7inches in size depending on spec, along with an smartphone-compatible infotainment touchscreen of up to 8.4 inches, plus a number of USB and power sockets
It will be offered with either a 3.6-litre V6 petrol or, from 2020, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, with eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearboxes.
Depending on the spec you choose, two different all-wheel-drive systems are available, with both offering full-time torque management. It will be available with electric front- and rear-axle locks, a limited slip differential and electronic sway-bar disconnect.
The Jeep Gladiator will be built at Jeep’s plant in Toledo, Ohio.
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