Posted on November 22, 2018
2020 Jeep Wrangler Gladiator Pickup Truck | Mississauga, Brampton
It’s happening, truck lovers in Toronto, Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton: the much-anticipated Jeep pickup truck will be unveiled at the LA Auto show this month. We’ve been holding our breath here at the dealership, stoked about the mid-size that industry gatekeepers kept saying would be modelled on the Jeep Wrangler JL. If you can’t exactly hop on a plane and get a look at her in Los Angeles with your own eyes, we’re here to share some details with you.
First up: a name change. No longer will we know her as the Jeep Scrambler
, but instead, as the Jeep Gladiator. It’s a backward tip of the hat to the 1963 Jeep Gladiator pickup that hit the market right when the legendary Wagoneer hit the streets. It’s also said to be a nod to the 2005 concept pickup from the carmaker that sparked up demands for another Jeep pickup. Talk about playing hard to get! But here we are. And word on the street says showrooms may just see the glorious Gladiator in April of the new year.
You can choose from a soft-top, or two hard-top designs. The signature fold-down windshield is on deck to create that outdoorsy rush offroaders and road-trippers love. The carmaker also promises dozens of door, top and windshield combinations to choose from. Nice! Opportunities to make your Jeep truck all yours just keep coming, it seems. Customizations like this make Jeep diehards grin, and they also woo new fans.
The powertrain options will follow the JL Wrangler inspiration, offering a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or possibly the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, available in 2020. Both engine options can join forces with an eight-speed automatic, while only the gasoline option can accept the six-speed manual. Powertrains will also be identical to the Wrangler, with the venerable 3.6-liter, 285-horsepower Pentastar V-6 available at launch time coupled up with an eight-speed automatic or a sweet six-speed manual. The much-anticipated 3.0-liter diesel engine won't turn up till 2020, but the Gladiator will tow 7,650 pounds and haul 1,600 pounds in its modest five-foot steel bed. It just may be the best in the midsize pickup class, a warrior in the making.
In terms of hardware, you’ll get everything that makes the JL Wrangler an off-road pleasure in the Jeep Gladiator—albeit in a longer package. Expect those solid Dana axles front and back with available locking differentials, an optional electronic sway-bar disconnect, and, for those of you who like tackling serious puddles, fording capability up to 30 inches of water. Sounds like regular Gladiator models will have Jeep's Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system, while the dreamy Rubicon
trim gets a leg up with an advanced Rock-Trac setup, as well as forward-facing off-road cameras.
What do you think of the name-change? Personally, I’d much rather drive a Gladiator than a Scrambler, which sort of reminds me of that CNE midway ride. Gladiator is a name that speaks to tackling and winning, whether that means 400 series highway weather conditions or offroad terrain. And if the “leaked” pics and specs are teasers, they are working! The Jeep Gladiator pick-up, with her Jeep Wrangler JL foundation will look great on city streets, highways and anywhere up in the back country you decide to show her off.
Where can I order a 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup in Mississauga?
is more than happy to help you place an order for the Jeep Gladiator, or to book a test drive to see her with your own eyes. We will definitely keep you posted right here about availability.
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