Many Jeep fans have been waiting patiently for the day that they got back into the pickup truck game. With a 27 year break from producing trucks they are getting back on the market with the Jeep Gladiator. Revealed at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday they pointed out this is their first introduction since the MJ Comanche fell off their lineup in 1992. I think we can all agree that after a long time it is certainly due for Jeep to dabble back into the pickup market.
The 2019 Jeep Gladiator will be competing with Toyota’s Tacoma, Chevrolet’s Colorado, GMC’s Canyon, and Ford’s Ranger. It will be available in showrooms in the second quarter of 2019. The Gladiator also has been dubbed ‘the most reliable midsize truck ever’. If you are familiar with the JL Wrangler series, then you can tell that’s where this truck got its inspiration. It will be 2.5 feet longer than the four door Wrangler and will have removable roof and doors of course.
Every Jeep Gladiator will be standard with FCA’s 285 horsepower, a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine, and 6 speed manual transmission. If you so choose, there is a 8 speed automatic option as well. For 2020 they are planning to follow this with a 260 horsepower 3.0 liter Eco Diesel V6 too! Already equipped in the Gladiator is Jeep’s Command-Trac and Rock-Trac Four wheel drive systems. Sporting Dana 44 axles, both front and rear axle lockers, a slip differential, electronic sway bar disconnect, and 33″ off-roading tires. According to Jeep, this truck will be able to drive through up to 30 inches of water and tow up to 7,650 lbs. Thanks to the 43.6 degree approach angle it’s pretty heavy duty. All we want to know is the release date!