Jeep Gladiator Officially Announced
Well, its official. After years of rumors and whispers, Jeep has announced the Gladiator at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Jeep enthusiasts, have been looking forward to the new Jeep Gladiator Truck being officially announced for some time now. More than a few websites have been dedicated to reporting on leaked information, spied pictures and possible configurations.
Many of us (including myself) have been closely watching the trickles of information over the last two years. Finally we know, what to expect in the production version of the Jeep Gladiator
Two of the most significant items are the frame and the suspension. The frame is a full 31 inches longer, which translates into a wheel base that is 19.4 inches longer than a Wrangler Unlimited. That makes for a long vehicle, which will provide a much more stable vehicle to tow your toys with. The Gladiator will also use solid front and rear axles, both of which are Dana 44’s. The big news here, is the rear suspension is a five-link coil setup. This setup is more of a desert racing configuration. Jeeps have always been a leg down when it comes to running at high speeds in the open desert. It looks like Jeep is addressing this shortcoming, by giving owners the ability to lock the rear-end while in 2WD. The new suspension will also improve the ride, giving the Gladiator much improved manners on the street.
Initially, the Gladiator will be outfitted with a 3.6 Liter gasoline engine. In 2020, Jeep will start offering a 3.0 Liter, Turbo-Diesel V6. This is really exciting news! It means an increased towing capacity of 7,650 pounds and 30% better fuel economy. The only other vehicle in this segment that is available with a Turbo-Diesel, is the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Maximum payload capacity is rated at 1,600 pounds. That’s plenty of capacity, for people like myself, who will use the Gladiator for Overlanding. Aftermarket air bag (helper) suspension will most likely increase the load capacity, and it won’t take long for the aftermarket industry to provide a ton of options for improving the Gladiators capabilities. Since much of the body and cab are shared with the Wrangler, there already will be aftermarket accessories that will fit on day 1. Roof racks, bumpers and lights can all be installed before you take delivery of your new Gladiator.
Jim Glover CDJRF will begin ordering the Gladiator soon, with an expected availability starting in the Summer of 2019. We will keep you posted on the latest developments.