Behold The Jeep Gladiator, America’s Newest 14-Year-Old Pickup

After emerging as a concept as far back as 2004, the Jeep Gladiator mid-size pickup has finally made its entrance
Behold The Jeep Gladiator, America’s Newest 14-Year-Old Pickup

Jeep has revealed the production-spec Gladiator pickup a small matter of 14 years after it was first shown as a concept.

The mid-size rival to the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma originally emerged in 2004, but it never got made. Until now.

Behold The Jeep Gladiator, America’s Newest 14-Year-Old Pickup

It’s based on the Wrangler JL, but with an extra 787mm (31 inches) of length beyond that of a Wrangler Unlimited and 493mm (19.4 inches) slotted into the wheelbase. To handle the extra size and weight it comes with larger axles, bigger brakes and 33-inch tyres.

The five-feet-long reinforced load bed that enthusiasts have been calling out for for decades can take 725kg of whatever the hell you want. It has an optional covered power socket and plenty of tie-down hooks and eyelets. Under the bed is a full-size spare wheel well that can take up to a 35-inch tyre.

Behold The Jeep Gladiator, America’s Newest 14-Year-Old Pickup

Out back the Gladiator can tow a healthy 3470kg. Most of its parts are shared with the Wrangler, and that includes both a fold-down windscreen and removable roof panels. According to Jalopnik that makes the Gladiator the first pickup to go on sale in the US with a removable roof since the 1991 Dodge Dakota Sport, although you can choose not to spec it – or the folding screen. In fact, there are dozens of combinations of door, roof and screen options to choose from.

Its wading depth is 762mm, 162mm more than the latest Range Rover Evoque. That said, the suspension is tuned to better absorb road vibrations and deliver actual handling than Wranglers past, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Gladiator stacks up against its theoretically more refined competition.

Behold The Jeep Gladiator, America’s Newest 14-Year-Old Pickup

Up front you get a choice of a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 with stop-start and either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. The alternate option is a 3.0-litre V6 EcoDiesel and the eight-speed auto only.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is a neat touch on a rufty-tufty off-roader like this, as are five USB ports and a forward-facing off-road camera that can show you what you couldn’t hope to see from the driver’s seat. More traditional touches are present and correct, too: electrically-actuated front and rear axle locks, a limited-slip differential, a sway bar disconnect feature and more.

Behold The Jeep Gladiator, America’s Newest 14-Year-Old Pickup

Trim grades will span Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. Sport S is a more road-biased trim; the other three gain the coveted Trail Rated badge despite clearly showing a playful side with coloured interior trim inserts.

Deliveries of the new Gladiator will begin in the second quarter of 2019. Prices will be confirmed closer to the launch date.



This Jeep pretty glad

11/28/2018 - 19:10 |
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1950 Mercury Coupe

That’s pretty cool. Shame no Hellcat engine though.

11/28/2018 - 19:15 |
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Maybe that’ll come one day

11/28/2018 - 21:15 |
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Don’t worry, they’ll be Cummins swapped in no time

11/29/2018 - 00:27 |
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Any person with a brain cell would buy a Tacoma or even a Colorado instead of this thing. This ‘gladiator’ will have the lifespan of an actual Roman gladiator. Modern Jeep’s are designed to break down

11/28/2018 - 19:15 |
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In reply to by MrPat

A gladiator has to be trained and tought, a gladiator is an adult, so it’ll live from 23-37 years

11/28/2018 - 20:12 |
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In reply to by MrPat

Did you just say a Chevy is better than a jeep?

That’s why one is discontinuing 4 of its models and closing 2 of its plants while the other is growing in profits every year

11/29/2018 - 02:06 |
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Lift , beadlocks and an hellcat redeye swap . And you can do a pic nic on the everest ! Well… Apart from oxygen…

11/28/2018 - 19:39 |
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TheRossionFan (degenerate gang)


11/28/2018 - 20:06 |
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i had this for wii, ah the memories

11/28/2018 - 21:32 |
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Yea I remember this too

11/28/2018 - 23:42 |
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Memories… I played this game years ago

11/30/2018 - 11:38 |
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Ill happily take one with the diesel

11/28/2018 - 20:48 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

The Ecodiesels are great, we have five in the immediate family!

11/28/2018 - 21:04 |
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Freddie Skeates

I’m British, have never had any need, desire or understanding for pick-up trucks and yet I would do unspeakable things to own one of these

11/28/2018 - 21:33 |
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That wheelbase is looooooong

11/28/2018 - 22:18 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

Shame the diesel isn’t coming to America when it first goes on sale. It’ll come in a few years time though

11/28/2018 - 22:19 |
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adam thompson

If only there was a 2 door club cab with a 6 1/2 foot box. That’d be more practical

11/28/2018 - 23:03 |
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