Jeep’s first-ever 2020 Gladiator is not only turning heads, it’s reshaping the way we think about pickup trucks. To make things simple, the Gladiator is essentially a Wrangler Unlimited with an extended wheelbase and a five-foot cargo bed. But comparing this groundbreaking vehicle to an existing model doesn’t do it justice. Consider that the Gladiator is the first-ever convertible pickup truck on the market, and it provides best-in-class available towing at 7,650 pounds. How’s that for unique?

    This game-changing, trail-focused vehicle is available in four trim levels – Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon – which are all powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine (285 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque). There are two available transmissions: a standard six-speed manual for the purists, and an optional eight-speed automatic.


    Standard Features

    The base-level Gladiator Sport comes with 17-inch steel wheels, all-season tires, crank windows (talk about old school!), an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free compatibility, voice controls, a 5-inch central display, and a rearview camera. In addition, all Gladiators come with a convertible folding top, removable doors, a fold-down front windshield, a Class II bumper hitch with a 4,500-pound towing capacity, anti-sway trailer control, and a combination four-and-seven pin trailer plug. The next-level Sport S trim adds alloy wheels, power windows, power door and tailgate locks, heated power mirrors, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

    The Overland trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, body color wheel arches, side steps, and tinted rear windows. Also included are automatic headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 7-inch infotainment screen. Rounding out the list is the fully loaded and super-tough Rubicon, which supplies the greatest off-road capabilities of all the Gladiator trims. It has a special transfer case that provides a lower crawl ratio for improved climbing and crawling capabilities, as well as fenders with increased clearance to accommodate the larger 33-inch all-terrain tires. On top of that, you’ll get locking front- and rear- differentials, an electronically disconnectable front stabilizer bar, Fox shock absorbers, and body-protecting rock rails and skid plates.

    Optional Packages

    Both the Sport and Sport S trims can be equipped with options packages to increase towing and hauling output through either the Trailer Tow Package or the more powerful Max Tow Package. Exclusive to the Sport S, though, is an available Technology Group Package that includes a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and automatic climate control. There’s also a Cargo Group Package providing a rail-based cargo management system and a 115-volt power outlet in the bed, as well as the Safety Group and Advanced Safety Group packages, which incorporate various advanced driver assistance features.

    Any of the trims can be equipped with a premium Alpine sound system featuring a nine-channel 552-watt amp and subwoofer, along with an auxiliary switch group that allows you to hook up four electrical devices to customizable switches inside the cabin. The options don’t stop there, as an available spray-in bedliner can be included along with a slightly rigid roll-up cover, a black hardtop with removable roof panels, and a premium soft top made of thicker material that provides better insulation than the standard top. Buyers can also opt for a larger touchscreen (8.4 inches), a detachable wireless Bluetooth speaker, and leather seating surfaces.

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