The 2020 Jeep Gladiator was unveiled on Wednesday at the La Autoshow, the 2019 Gladiator will be the first pickup truck in Jeep’s lineup since the XJ Cherokee-based MJ Comanche was killed off in 1992,
The Gladiator’s styling draws heavily from the new JL Series Wrangler. However, the Gladiator is two and a half feet longer than the four-door Wrangler. Like the Wrangler, the roof and doors are removable.
The Gladiator maintains a unique silhouette, however, with a frame 31 inches longer than the Wrangler Unlimited model, and solid front and rear axles. That being said, the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter gas V6 is under the hood for now, offering 285 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque — it will eventually be replaced with a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6, which will drop the horsepower to 260 while boosting torque up to an impressive 442 pound-feet.
Offered in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon models, only the latter Gladiator will elevate off-road functionality with a reinforced rear bumper and steel rocker guard. On the other hand, the Sport model will allow for a 7,650 pound towing capacity, 1,600 pound payload capacity and a 5-foot-long bed.
The Gladiator goes on sale in mid 2019.