Jeep Gladiator (JT)

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Jeep Gladiator (JT)
2018 Jeep Gladiator.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerFCA US LLC (Jeep division)
ProductionApril 2019–present
Model years2020–present
AssemblyToledo Complex, Ohio
DesignerTaylor Langhals
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size pickup truck
LayoutFront-engine, four-wheel-drive
RelatedJeep Wrangler (JL)
Powertrain
Engine3.6L Pentastar V6
Transmission6-speed manual
8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase137.3 in (3,487 mm)
Length218.0 in (5,537 mm)
Width73.8 in (1,875 mm)
Height73.1–76.1 in (1,857–1,933 mm)
Curb weight4,650–5,072 lb (2,109–2,301 kg)
Chronology
PredecessorJeep Gladiator (SJ)
Jeep Comanche
Dodge Dakota

The Jeep Gladiator is a midsize pickup truck manufactured by the Jeep division of FCA US. It was introduced at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 28, 2018, and went on sale in the spring of 2019. Based on the same platform as the Wrangler JL, the Gladiator is Jeep's first pickup truck since the Comanche was discontinued in 1992.[1][2]

History[edit]

The vehicle's name harkens back to the original Jeep Gladiator, made from 1962–1988 and known as the J-Series after 1971. Jeep considered reviving the Gladiator name alongside Comanche and most commonly Scrambler, as well as simply using a new name, before deciding on Gladiator, feeling it fits the truck the best.[3]

A version of a Jeep Scrambler pickup truck was shown in 2003 at the North American Dealers Association. In late-2004 the Jeep Gladiator concept was introduced. The 2005 Gladiator Concept did not feature a removable roof, but featured removable doors and a pickup bed. It also previewed the design of the upcoming Jeep Wrangler (JK). The Gladiator concept was powered by a 3.0L Common-Rail Diesel (CRD) engine produced by VM Motori (similar to the one used in some models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee), mated to a manual transmission, and four-wheel-drive. It featured functional rear mini-doors, and rear seating. The Gladiator concept featured a green-on-gray color scheme for both the exterior and interior.

Exterior design[edit]

Jeep Gladiator (JT) rear

The all-new four-door, five-passenger midsize Gladiator features exterior and interior styling cues from the Wrangler JL. Taylor Langhals was the lead exterior designer on Gladiator.[4] Because a truck is frequently used for both hauling and towing, the front grille slots were enlarged to allow for increased airflow and heavier-duty engine cooling. A full-sized spare tire, normally mounted on the Wrangler's rear tailgate, is mounted underneath the cargo bed of the Gladiator.

Four different roof options are available, similar to those on the Wrangler JL, including a black vinyl Sun-Rider soft top and a premium black fabric Sun-Rider soft top (both of which can be fully retracted), a black Freedom-Top three-piece hard top, and a color-keyed Freedom-Top three-piece hard top, both of which have removable aluminum roof panels.

The truck has front and rear doors that can be fully removed, as well as a windshield that can be lowered (like the Wrangler JL, Jeep includes a tool kit with the tools necessary to remove the doors and lower the windshield). The Gladiator is unique in that it is the only truck available with a removable roof.

A front facing trail cam, mounted in one of the front grille slots, is also available that displays an image on the touchscreen of what is directly in front of the vehicle (this feature requires one of the two larger U Connect touchscreen displays), and will assist in off-road maneuverability, such as water fording, as well as climbing over objects like logs and rocks. The "Off Road Pages" application, displayed in the instrument cluster, allows a Gladiator driver to view approach and departure angles, steering angles, and more.

Rubicon Launch Edition[edit]

Jeep celebrated the launch of the all-new Gladiator with the limited-edition Rubicon Launch Edition model. Available for preorder only through a special website, and only on April 4th, 2019 (Jeep 4X4 Day), the Rubicon Launch Edition is based on the top-of-the-line Rubicon trim level, and includes all available options on that trim level with no additional options available. Available for an MSRP of $62,310, only 4,190 limited-edition Rubicon Launch Edition Gladiators will be produced (the number "4,190" pays homage to the "419" area code of Toledo, Ohio, the home of Toledo Complex where the Gladiator is assembled). Special features that distinguish the Rubicon Launch Edition from other Gladiator models include special badging, special wheels, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with red stitching. The Launch Edition is available in five colors: Black, Bright White, Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal Metallic, and Billet Silver Metallic. [5]

Trim levels[edit]

The Gladiator is available in base Sport, mid-level Sport S, luxurious Overland, and off-road ready Rubicon (a limited-edition Rubicon Launch Edition model, limited to 4,190 units, is also available (see above)). The Gladiator and Wrangler JL diverge when it comes to their luxury trim levels. The luxury Wrangler gets the Sahara name, while the luxury trim on the Gladiator is known as the "Overland" model. When equipped with leather upholstery, the Overland receives a stitched soft-touch dashboard surface and hand-stitched dashboard, similar to that of the Wrangler Sahara.

Powertrain[edit]

At launch, the only engine option for the Gladiator will be the 3.6L Pentastar V6 gasoline engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and an Electronic Stop-Start System (ESS), and like the Wrangler JL, will produce 280 horsepower. However, a 3.0L EcoDiesel Turbocharged V6 diesel engine will become available in mid 2020. The 3.6L V6 will be mated to either a six-speed Aisin manual transmission, or the Wrangler JL's ZF 850RE eight-speed automatic transmission. Like the Wrangler JL, all Gladiator models will be four-wheel drive.

Payload and towing capacities[edit]

Payload for the Gladiator is 1,700 lb (770 kg). The bed of the truck can be optionally equipped with a rear folding tonneau cover, which features a "Weekend Warrior Mode" that allow for the tailgate to be closed and 2 x 4 lumber to be hauled in the pickup bed and only one section of the tonneau cover to be open (the cover can also be fully retracted or removed, if required). The tailgate is hinged, and can be locked in a partially-open position if the owner does not want to fully lower the tailgate.

The standard Gladiator will feature a towing capacity of 7,000 lb (3,200 kg), though a heavy-duty towing package will be available on select Gladiator models that increases the towing capacity to 7,650 lb (3,470 kg) and includes a 4.10 rear axle ratio.

The diesel-powered Gladiator will feature a lower towing capacity rating than the gasoline-powered variant.

Off-roading[edit]

The Gladiator features an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees and a departure angle of 26 degrees. The Rubicon comes with front- and rear-axle electric lockers and an electronic disconnecting front sway-bar.

A front camera system is available on the Gladiator that allows the driver to see obstacles in front and to the sides of the vehicle while off-road.

Interior[edit]

Unique features on the Gladiator include a flat rear load floor for carrying of longer and taller items inside the truck's interior, secure and lockable storage underneath the rear bench seat, and a removable Bluetooth wireless speaker that charges when the vehicle is running, and the speaker is in its docking station located behind the rear bench seat. From the front seats forward, the Gladiator features an interior design that is nearly identical to that of the Jeep Wrangler JL

Like the Wrangler JL, three different touchscreen infotainment systems are available on the Gladiator, each integrating the rearview camera into the touchscreen:

  • Sport and Sport S trims feature a standard U Connect 3 5.0BT radio with U Connect Bluetooth connectivity. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is available as an option, and includes one year of service.
  • Overland and Rubicon trims feature a standard U Connect 4 7.0 infotainment system with U Connect Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and SiriusXM Satellite Radio with one-year service included. This system is also optional on the Sport S.
  • The Rubicon Launch Edition features a standard U Connect 4C 8.4 infotainment system with U Connect Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with one-year service included, Garmin-based GPS navigation, 4G LTE in-vehicle wireless hotspot, U Connect Guardian powered by SiriusXM with one-year service included, SiriusXM Travel Link with five-year service included. This radio is also available on both Overland and Rubicon models as an option, as part of the Infotainment and Premium Audio Group.
  • All Gladiator models except for the Rubicon Launch Edition feature a standard eight-speaker audio system with speakers in the lower knee panels, upper instrument panel, and rear roll bar. The Rubicon Launch Edition includes the optional Alpine premium audio system with 552-watt amplifier and subwoofer (this system is also available on all trim levels except for the base Sport with the optional Infotainment and Premium Audio Group).
  • With the Alpine premium audio system and Infotainment and Premium Audio Group on all models except for the base Sport, Gladiator buyers can choose the optional removable and rechargeable Bluetooth wireless speaker, which stows and recharges behind the rear bench seat, a feature unique to the Gladiator. This speaker is also included as standard equipment on the Rubicon Launch Edition.

Safety[edit]

The Gladiator has most safety features that are also in the Wrangler JL including forward-collision warning with active braking and adaptive cruise control. The Jeep Active Safety Group and Jeep Advanced Active Safety Group are both available on all models except for the base Sport, and included on the Rubicon Launch Edition.

Safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate for the 2020 model of the Gladiator, the Front Drivers Side received a 4 / 5 stars, and the Front Passenger Side received 5 / 5 stars.[6] The technical crash test report for those ratings was prepared by Calspan Corporation and was released on December 10, 2019.[7]

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has not released their ratings for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator as of December 2019.

Marketing[edit]

The introduction video at the Los Angeles Auto Show used a sound clip from the 2000 film Gladiator, showing the original Jeep Gladiator telling the new model that it "needed to win the crowd", just before the formal introduction of the new model.[8]

The Gladiator went on sale in Mexico in mid-2019.[9]

The Gladiator went on sale with pricing as follows (spring 2019):

  • Sport : $33,545
  • Sport S : $36,745
  • Overland: $40,395
  • Rubicon : $43,545
  • Launch Edition : $62,310

Competition[edit]

The Gladiator is a midsize pickup truck, and competes with other midsize pickup trucks already on the market, such as the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, the Ford Ranger, the Nissan Frontier, and the Toyota Tacoma.

Recalls[edit]

On September 13, 2019, Chrysler announced a recall for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT, with approximately 3,427 total Gladiators affected. The Dana Corporation, which manufactures the rear driveshaft for the Gladiator, may have assembled the rear axle monoblocks without grease, which could lead to the potential fracture of the rear driveshaft, leading to a sudden loss in power. Jeep dealers will replace the rear driveshaft on affected 2020 Gladiator models. The recall, which affects 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT models built between December 15, 2018 and June 25, 2019, is expected to begin on October 18, 2019. There has also been a Stop-Sale Order issued for all affected Jeep Gladiator JT models still on dealership lots. Only Gladiators which were built before June 25, 2019 are affected by the recall. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FCA US Media – All-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator: The Most Capable Midsize Truck Ever". FCA North America. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  2. ^ Kirchner, Chad. "2020 Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck: Everything You Need to Know, and Then Some". The Drive. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  3. ^ Jeep. "A Closer Look – 2018 LA Auto Show – 2020 Jeep® Gladiator". Retrieved 9 December 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "The Gladiator Has a Secret Tribute to Jeep's Factory Workers". Road & Track. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  5. ^ https://www.jeep.com/gladiator/launch-edition.html
  6. ^ https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2020/JEEP/GLADIATOR/PU%25252FCC/4WD
  7. ^ http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/database/MEDIA/GetMedia.aspx?tstno=10831&index=1&database=V&type=R
  8. ^ Jeep. "2020 Jeep® Gladiator Reveal -**Multi-Cam Option** – LA Auto Show – Jeep®". Retrieved December 9, 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Hoyo, Rubén. "Jeep Gladiator 2020 llega a México, el capricho ideal para hacer 4x4". Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  10. ^ https://carbuzz.com/news/jeep-discovers-serious-problem-with-2020-gladiator

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