2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Specs Canada Review – Even though we’ve almost all seen the Jeep Gladiator, it’s still exciting to finally see the official pickup. And it actually looks like a simple Wrangler truck. It has soft and hard lids totally removable, doors and a folding windshield. The doors are the same as the Wrangler Unlimited. It has round headlights, fender flares and almost the same interior. But it is more than that, combining much of the beloved SUV with some unique features for the van.
2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon Specs Canada Review
For starters, the Gladiator presents a new framework that is not shared with Wrangler, which is the whopping of 31 inches longer than that of Wrangler Unlimited. The wheelbase of the Gladiator is also 19.4 inches longer than that of a Wrangler Unlimited. The Gladiator continues to use the solid front and rear axles, both of which are Dana 44s in two available track widths, but the five-link rear suspension is a unique design developed for better gear quality.
The propulsion of this chassis will initially be the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter gasoline V6 with six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic transmission. In 2020, Jeep will start offering a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 which is a completely redesigned engine version found in the outgoing EcoDiesel Ram. It has lowered its power compared to the 260 horsepower gasoline engine, but compensates it with 442 lb/ft of torque. The only other diesel in this small and medium-sized truck segment is that of the Colorado and Canyon diesel trucks. Its four-cylinder diesel engines only produce 181 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque. All gladiators with either of the two engines send their power through a selectable part-time four-wheel drive system. The fuel economy for any of the engine options has not yet been announced.
On the subject of capacity, the Gladiator has some impressive numbers of towing and payload. The maximum towing capacity is 7.650 lbs. That’s 150 pounds more than the next best gasoline truck in this segment, the Ford Ranger. The maximum payload capacity is 1.600 lbs, which is not the highest in the segment, but falls right into the range of Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado petrol models. The bed is 5 feet long and is made of steel with an aluminium tailgate. It has several mooring points and outlets. With respect to tow and payload numbers, it should be noted that the superior towing capacity is only available in a Sport version with the 3.6-liter V6, eight-speed automatic and 4.10 final transmission ratio. For maximum payload, it needs a sporty gladiator with a 3.6-liter engine, six-speed manual and a final transmission ratio of 3.73.
Although Sport ornaments have the greatest potential to carry things, they are not the only ones available. Sport and Sport S complete the lower part of the range, followed by the Overland finish, more luxury-oriented, which fills the space of the Sahara cut from Wrangler. This cutout adds body color flashes and LED headlights, along with some additional standard equipment. At the top of the range is the Rubicon, which, like its counterpart Wrangler, adds a lot of all-terrain equipment. Features include shorter gears, wider standard axles, front and rear differentials with electronic lock, electronic anti-roll bar disconnection, Fox monotube shock absorbers, 33-inch rims, a Front-mounted drag camera for viewing hills and high Fender flashes case you want to upgrade to 35 inch tires. The Rubicon adds a rear bumper for all-terrain vehicles and steel guards that move between the wheels and along the eaves of the bed. This will be helpful as we have seen how the bed can crawl off the road.
As mentioned earlier in this article, most of the rest of the Gladiator is like the Wrangler. Most of the cabin is similar to a Wrangler Unlimited, and the doors are exactly the same. The sports bar, of course, ends right at the back of the rear seats to make room for the bed, and they have created new lids for it, but they have all the functionality of the Wrangler lids. The soft ceiling is standard and can have only the section of the rear window removed, or all folded. The front half can also be opened. The hard top available is still divided into three sections, two T-top style panels in the front and a large rear half. Most of the truck design is similar to Wrangler, but the grill has been redesigned with larger apertures for better cooling when carrying heavy loads. Inside, the rear seats now have lock storage underneath. There is an optional Bluetooth wireless speaker that can be stored on the back where it remains charged for use anytime and anywhere. The infotainment starts with a standard 5-inch touchscreen, and 7.4 and 8-inch systems are available, including Apple and Android car.
The Gladiator will be released in the second quarter of 2019. Prices have not yet been announced, but we expect the base prices to be higher than the equivalent wranglers. More details, including fuel economy, will be published in the coming months prior to the date of sale.