Last week, we told you that the Jeep® brand was going to showcase the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator at it’s Camp Jeep event in San Martino di Castrozza, Italy for its European debut, this weekend. Now, we are learning more details about the Euro-Spec Gladiator.
The Gladiator builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks and offers an unmatched combination of authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and advanced technological content in the areas of safety and connectivity.
A one-of-a-kind vehicle, the new Jeep Gladiator evolves the iconic Wrangler formula by adding increased levels of versatility, freedom and superior on-road driving dynamics to its unmatched all-terrain capability. Its unrivaled off-road prowess comes courtesy of the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and 32-inch off-road tires.
Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models offer available LED headlamps and fog lamps that project crisp white lighting, adding to the Gladiator’s modern look. From behind, traditional square tail lamps feature available LED lighting and give way to a wide tailgate opening for unobstructed loading of cargo into the bed. The tailgate is damped and capable of stopping in three positions, while cargo is easily secured with a power-locking tailgate.
Clever functionality and versatility were the focus while designing the Gladiator’s durable bed. Under-rail bed lighting, an optional covered external power source (230V) and strong integrated tie-downs, provide durability and versatility. The available Trail Rail Cargo Management System provides additional storage options to organize and secure cargo.
An optional spray-in bed liner, bed divider, and tonneau cover provide even more options to keep cargo secure while helping with durability. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with protective cab and cargo bedrock rails. A four-bolt design at the top of the windshield’s frame allows for the windshield to fold down quickly and easily. A header bar connects the A-pillars and stays in place even when the windshield is folded down. This allows the rear-view mirror to remain in place even with the windshield folded.
Lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors feature the Torx bit size stamped directly onto the hinge to eliminate guessing which size bit is needed to remove the doors. A tool kit with the necessary Torx bits to remove the doors and lower the windshield is provided as standard equipment.
Gladiator Overland and Rubicon models share an available three-piece body-color hardtop option, offering a unique, premium appearance, while a black three-piece hardtop, available on Rubicon models, offers even more options for open-air adventures. The two Freedom panels and quick-release latches enable a fast removal and installation of the hardtop. Dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations allow for endless configuration possibilities.
The Euro-Spec Jeep Gladiator engine lineup offers the proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, available only in markets outside Europe including the Middle East and a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine which will be the only engine option offered in Europe.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 347 Nm of torque (260 lb.-ft. of torque) and features Engine Stop-Start (ESS) as standard equipment. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque – an essential trait needed for extreme off-roading.
The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine will be available on all Gladiator models in Europe. This engine is expected to deliver approximately 260 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque (442 lb.-ft. of torque) and features standard Engine Stop-Start (ESS). The EcoDiesel V-6 engine is designed and manufactured by FCA EMEA, and it implements refined turbocharger technology with a low-friction bearing designed for low-end and transient performance.
The new Jeep Gladiator offers an 8-speed automatic transmission, enabling the vehicle to optimize engine output while on the trails or enjoying smooth, efficient power delivery at highway speeds. The 8-speed automatic is standard on all Jeep Gladiator models and engine options. That’s right, no manual option on the Euro-Spec models.
Gladiator Sport, Overland and Rubicon models receive a Trail Rated badge thanks to legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, which includes features such as:
- Command-Trac 4×4 active-on-demand system with 2.72:1 crawl ratio standard on Sport and Overland models
- Rock-Trac 4×4 active-on-demand system with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1 and Tru-Lok locking differentials standard on Rubicon models
- Skid plates and front and rear tow hooks
- Standard on Rubicon rear steel heavy-duty off-road rear bumper and available front steel winch-ready bumper with removable end caps
- Approach angle of 43.6 degrees, breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, departure angle of 26 degrees and ground clearance of 28.2 centimeters (11.1 inches)
- Aggressive optional 17-inch off-road wheels; Rubicon models get 32-inch tires as standard
- Up to 76 centimeters (30 inches) of water fording
- Up to 2.722 kgs (7,650-lb.) of towing capacity and 725 kgs (1,600-lb) of 4×4 payload capacity
Mopar will offer more than 150 new or redesigned Authentic Accessories and Jeep® Performance Parts to personalize the new Jeep Gladiator for European customers. Mopar products will include active lifestyle, truck-capable accessories such as tonneau covers and bed liners, performance content such as tubular side steps, rock rails, and wheels, as well as much more developed specifically for the new Jeep Gladiator.
Built in Toledo, Ohio, the new Jeep Gladiator is offered in three different trim levels: Sport, Overland, and Rubicon. It will arrive in Middle East showrooms in the first half of 2020, while its introduction in Europe will follow by the end of next year.
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