We have been talking about the upcoming 2020 Jeep Gladiator (JT) a lot lately. With the truck making its official public debut later this month at the L.A. Auto Show, there have more Jeep (JT) prototypes testing than ever.
Our friends at Real Fast Fotography came across the hardcore off-road variant of the new Jeep (JT), out testing late at night on the streets of Metro Detroit. Showing off its Jeep Wrangler (JL) based lighting signature, this new pickup stands out at night. This prototype is available with the LED headlamps and fog lamps offer crisp white lighting. You can clearly see the daytime running lights that form a halo around the outside perimeter of the headlights, and standard LED forward turn signals are positioned on the front of the trapezoidal wheel flares.
This particular Jeep (JT) was powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features Engine Stop-Start (ESS) as standard equipment. Known for its refinement, power, efficiency, and adaptability, there are more than five million 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engines on the road today.
We believe that the new Jeep (JT) will have a coil spring rear suspension similar to the Ram 1500. Coil suspension design provides better articulation over obstacles, while giving the vehicle a much better on road ride compared to a leaf spring system.
We do know this off-road variant is wearing Falken Wildpeak M/T tires compared to the Wrangler Rubicon (JL) choice of BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. Currently the 2019 Ram 1500 4×4 Off-road packages run Falken Wildpeak A/T tires.
Our sources are also telling us that the new Jeep (JT) truck will not be carrying the Scrambler name. Instead, the Jeep (JT) will be carrying the name of the 2005 concept that inspired it. The Jeep Gladiator. The Gladiator name has a huge history within the Jeep brand. From 1962 to 1971, the full-size Jeep J-Series trucks carried the nameplate.
Stay tuned as we continue to breakdown the different variants of the all-new Jeep (JT) truck.