If you’ve ever sat down and thought, “I wish Jeep would make a fully-capable midsize truck with the styling of the ever-popular Wrangler.” then you’ve probably been on cloud nine since Jeep announced the Gladiator at the LA Auto Show a few weeks back.
With the steady popularity of midsize pickups the Gladiator will join the ranks with some stiff competition but Jeep has made sure you won’t forget about what they have to offer. According to Jeep, the towing capacity with the 3.6-liter V-6 that will come standard at launch is 7,650 lbs. But they also want you know that the Gladiator isn’t limited to just “truck stuff”. It’s a monster on off-road trails too.
Being able to excel in both of those categories didn’t come without some solid research and development behind it. Jeep not only lengthened the Wrangler’s wheelbase to accommodate the 5-foot truck bed but also re-engineered the rear suspension. This allows the Gladiator to tackle a lot of things its competition can’t.
The Gladiator pulls its name from a pickup that Jeep produced in the 60s. “The ‘go anywhere’ truck” is the fitting slogan they chose back then and it’s clear they have stayed true to that sentiment. Contact your local dealer for any details on when you’ll be able to scoop one of these gems up.