Hot on the wheels of those leaked pics of Ford's so-called Baby Bronco comes this first look at the upcoming 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
And if you've been waiting for Jeep to make a bonafide pickup truck, consider this an early Christmas present, courtesy of a new leak from the Jeep freaks at JeepGladiatorForum.com:
The pickup marks a new foray for Jeep, who have made strides in pushing their SUV-centric lineup into a more luxurious space. The Grand Cherokee, for instance, comes with more luxurious interiors and better tech than ever before, and the all-new Commander is similarly upscale for a Jeep release.
The 2020 Gladiator seems to be a return to form for the American brand, bringing back the utility and ruggedness that carved a niche for them originally.
The Gladiator, which seems to share a lot of its style with the old school Wrangler line, most interestingly will be the only open-air pickup out there, with options for both soft and hard tops that can be swapped.
Similarly, multiple options for doors, presumably including no doors at all if the Wrangler inspiration holds, will also make the Gladiator unique.
Other details leaked include options for manual six-speed or automatic eight speed transmission options, a 3.0 liter V6 diesel option, true flip down windshield for off-road purists, 33” tires and a host of modern HUD and entertainment options.
Check out the full leaked specs here:
All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator: The Most Capable Midsize Truck Ever
Legendary 4x4 Capability, Authentic Design Builds on Rich Jeep Truck Heritage, Best-in-class Towing and 4x4 Payload, Clever Functionality and Versatility, Advanced Fuel-efficient Powertrains, Open-air Freedom and Loaded with Safety Features and Intuitive Technology
Unmatched capability with Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect and 33-inch off-road tires
Unmatched crawl ratios
Up to 30 inches of water fording
Best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload:
Up to 7,650 pounds of towing capacity
Up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity
Crew cab configuration features a durable five-foot steel bed with covered external power source and strong integrated tie-downs, providing versatility for flexible cargo options
Modern, authentic design instantly recognizable as a Jeep:
Iconic keystone-shaped grille, round headlamps and square tail lamps
Rugged-yet distinguished design bolsters aerodynamics
Convenient fold-down windshield for off-road purists
The only true open-air 4x4 pickup truck with easy-to-use premium soft top and two hardtops
Dozens of different door, top and windshield combinations
Lightweight, high-strength aluminum doors, hinges, hood, fenders, windshield frame and tailgate help curtail weight and boost fuel economy
Suspension tuned to optimize on-road handling and ride comfort without sacrificing off-road capability, payload or towing capability
Advanced fuel-efficient powertrains:
3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with Engine Stop-Start (ESS)
Eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission
3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 with ESS and an eight-speed automatic transmission available in 2020
Fourth-generation Uconnect system includes Apple Carplay, Android Auto and the choice of 7.0- or 8.4-inch touchscreens with pinch-and-zoom capability
Forward-facing off-road camera available on Rubicon allows obstructions on the trail to be easily seen
Packed with more than 80 available advanced safety and security features
Now that the leak has happened, it’s easy to hope that Jeep will feel inclined to publicly and officially unveil the Gladiator which should happen at the LA Auto Show later this month.
Until then, feel free to keep ogling all the images that the guys at JeepGladiatorForum.com unearthed.