Is it everything we hoped for?
A few days ago we learned that the upcoming Jeep pickup will not be called Scrambler but rather Gladiator. Today, a leaked image of the production Gladiator has made its way online, courtesy of the newly named Jeep Gladiator Forum. And so, here it is, the Wrangler pickup truck we’ve been waiting for. An official debut is scheduled to place in a couple of weeks at the 2018 LA Auto Show. For now, let’s talk about this leaked image – and some juicy details.
First off, the image came from FCA’s media site which also leaked some details before being removed. Like the regular Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, the Gladiator will be offered with a soft top or two hard top options. Power, as we previously learned, will come from the familiar Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 with Auto Stop-Start and a choice between a six-speed manual and eight-speed slushbox. In 2020, the also anticipated 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 paired to the eight-speed will become available.
The Gladiator will also offer best-in-class towing with a maximum capability of 7,650 pounds, and best-in-class payload with up to 1,600 pounds. For serious off-roaders, it’ll also have “unmatched” crawl ratios and up to 30-inches of water fording. Both the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems will be offered, along with updated Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front and rear axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited slip differential, and even a segment exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect with 33-inch off-road tires.
The only body style is the Crew Cab and a five-foot steel bed. The latter covers an external power source and integrated tie-downs for more flexible cargo options. And yes, the folding windshield from the regular Wranglers is carry-over.
There are also dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations. The interior boasts the fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A choice of two touchscreens, 7.0- or 8.4-inch, are available. There are also more than 80 available advanced safety and security features. These are just some of the many details the leak exposed, but you can check out the entire list prior to its online removal here.
So, what does everyone think? We’ll be on hand at LA later this month for live coverage and additional details.