2020 Jeep Gladiator, freedom like never beforeEdward Green ▼ | April 4, 2019
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a mid-sized pickup truck, competing against vehicles like Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado.
Car Powering the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a 3.6-liter V6
Even its base model is more all-terrain-capable than are most mid-sized trucks from any make. There are four grades of Jeep Gladiator, starting with the Sport and moving through the Sport S, the Overland, and then the Rubicon model. The Gladiator Sport S model, which we drove both on and off the road, has the same clearances, angles, and basic four-wheel drive capability as the more robust-and-ready Rubicon model. All Gladiator models come standard with four-wheel drive and large tires.
Powering the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a 3.6-liter V6, the same one that's been in the Jeep lineup for some time. This Pentastar engine is attached to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. This V6 outputs 285 horsepower (212.5 kW) and 260 pound-feet (352.5 Nm) of torque. Available later in the model year, Jeep promises, will be a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine that outputs 260 hp (194 kW) and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm).
Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks are standard on all models. The approach angle is at 43.6 degrees, breakover is 20.3 degrees, and departure angle is 26 degrees. Ground clearance starts at 11.1 inches (281.9 mm) and gets slightly higher with the Rubicon model's somewhat larger tires and wheels. The Gladiator's wheel wells are large enough to accommodate tires sized up to 35-inch, with standard tires on the Rubicon being 33s. ■