Jeep’s pickup represent everything good about the Wrangler an open bed for added practicality.
After waiting impatiently for years to see a new pickup donning the iconic seven-slot grille, Jeep fans can finally rejoice. The Jeep Gladiator is here, and it will likely not disappoint.
The Gladiator is a midsize pickup based on the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and, as result, literally looks like a Wrangler with a five-foot steel bed attached to it. It debuts only as a crew cab, so there are as many doors and seats as its rugged SUV counterpart.
While width and wheel track are also the same as the Unlimited, both the wheelbase and body have been stretched nearly two feet to accommodate the bed. Don’t be fooled into thinking the Gladiator is a rush job — Jeep put in the hours to make sure it’s a legitimate midsize pickup truck with class-competitive credentials.
For starters, it has a payload capacity ranging from 1,105 to 1,600 pounds depending on configuration and can tow anywhere from 4,000 to a very respectable 7,650 pounds. The tailgate is capable of stopping in three positions, and the bed comes with under-rail bed lighting; an external three-prong, 115-volt power source; strong integrated tie-downs; and a Trail Rail Cargo Management System.
Only one engine will be available at launch, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. A diesel engine with 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft. of torque. will be offered later on.
Regardless of the engine, power is channeled to all four wheels through one of two available 4×4 systems, both offering full-time torque management for optimal grip.
Like the Wrangler, the Jeep pickup can have its roof and doors removed and its windshield folds down for some serious open-air adventures in the rugged outdoors. How many pickup trucks can you say that about?
Needless to say, the new Jeep Gladiator will arguably be the coolest pickup in a market consisiting of the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, and Honda Ridgeline. We don’t think Jeep will have a problem selling many of them.
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Next Jeep Grand Cherokee Coming In 2021, Three-Row Jeep At End Of 2020
FCA is gearing up for a Jeep product blitz that includes the Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and an unnamed three-row SUV.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has revealed plans to invest $4.5 billion in five of its Michigan plants to meet growing demand and introduce two new Jeep models.
Approximately $1.6 billion will go to converting the two plants that make up the Mack Avenue Engine Complex into an assembly site for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be based off the Alfa Romeo platform underpinning the Stelvio and is slated to arrive in the first half of 2020. It will also build an unnamed three-row full-size Jeep alongside the Grand Cheroke and several plug-in hybrid Jeep models.
Little is known about the new three-row full-size SUV, but it will be distinct from the Ram 1500–based Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer that start production in early 2021 and could very well be a longer wheelbase version of the Grand Cherokee.
FCA will introduce plug-in hybrid versions of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer models first, followed by two more hybrid models. Fully electric Jeep battery electric vehicles are also planned.
Is Jeep Working On High-Performance Gladiator Truck?
The Wrangler-based pickup truck may be getting a high-octane makeover for adrenaline junkies.
Jeep is reportedly working on a high-performance Gladiator along the lines of a Ford Ranger Raptor.
According to inside information provided to the , the model will be dubbed the “Hercules” and one-off prototypes of it are currently undergoing testing.
The Gladiator Hercules would also do battle with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and Toyota Tacoma TRD, even though it will be a more powerful pickup. However, without a proper high-performance mid-size pickup on the market — Ford has ruled out the Ranger Raptor for North America — it could very well have a segment to its own.
Jeep has yet to give the green light, but considering that Mark Allen, head of Jeep design, previously hinted at the idea of a high-performance Gladiator and Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s reputation for making over-the-top high-performance models (Dodge Challenger Demon and the Ram 1500 Rebel, just to name a few), it’s easy to see why such a model is likely to see the light of day.
More power is never a bad thing, if you ask us.
Next Jeep Grand Cherokee Will Offer Three Rows Of Seats, Plugin Hybrid
Jeep’s popular midsize SUV will be smarter, more practical and more fuel efficient.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has traditionally been a two-row, five passenger vehicle, but that’s going to change.
Sources that spoke with have revealed that the fifth generation Grand Cherokee will be offered with three rows of seats for the first time in model history.
Jeep could retain the midsize proportions of the Grand Cherokee and squeeze the third seats behind the second row, which would make them ideal for small children but uncomfortable for normal-sized adults.
Alternatively, the company has at least considered providing two distinct versions of the SUV, a five passenger setup with midsize proportions and a seven passenger setup with a stretched wheelbase to better accommodate a third row.
As another first for the nameplate, the new Grand Cherokee will also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain and autonomous driving technology.
FCA will convert an idled engine in Detroit to assemble the SUV, as well as revive the Mack Avenue Engine II, which hasn’t been used since 2012.
The plant will create 400 new jobs.