Ride Along With Us in a 2020 Jeep Gladiator

 

By Aaron Bragman

We can't tell you about how the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck drives, because we're sworn to secrecy until March 31 when you can read all about it on PickupTrucks.com. But we've already had a lengthy spin in Jeep's new Wrangler-with-a-cargo-bed, and our crack videographers have worked video magic into a teaser of our first drive that we can show you.

Related: Jeep Fight: What Sets the Gladiator and Wrangler Apart?

Based on the latest Wrangler "JL," the Gladiator truck is longer than the four-door with longer overhangs thanks to the 5-foot bed grafted to the back. Two powertrain choices include the standard 285-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 260 pounds-feet of torque will be the only engine at launch, joined in 2020 by the 260-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine cranking out 442 pounds-feet of torque. The gas engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic, while the diesel comes only with the automatic.

Underneath, the Jeep Gladiator shares a lot with the Wrangler. It has the Command-Trac and Roc-Trac 4x4 systems and sports third-generation Dana 44 axles front and rear on all models. You can have electric front and rear locking differentials, electronic sway-bar disconnects and 33-inch off-road tires just like on the Wrangler Rubicon. Like the Wrangler, the top and doors are removable, and the windshield folds down. But it's also very much a truck — maximum towing capacity is 7,650 pounds and its max payload rating is 1,600 pounds — a Wrangler is rated to carry a maximum 1,000 pounds of cargo and a 3,500-pound trailer.

So here it is, the new Gladiator in all its Jeep glory, ready to fight for the glory of Rome ... or more likely to help you carry your dirt bike to the off-road park. Check back at the end of March for how it drives.

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