Jeep Gladiator revealed before LA Auto Show

Lloyd Doyle
November 16, 2018

It has been known for some time that Jeep will introduce its own pick-up truck based on the latest Wrangler, so here is the Gladiator before you're supposed to see it.

Fiat Chrysler accidentally (maybe on purpose) leaked pictures and specs of the new Jeep pickup going on sale next year.

In addition to press photos, the forum managed to secure a summary sheet from the press package, revealing the Gladiator will be powered exclusively by a 3.6-litre V6 at the start of its production run.

Behind the Gladiator's four-door cab sits a 5-foot steel bed with up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity. The rest of the vehicle retains numerous features that Wrangler fans adore, including the open-air capability, fold-down windshield, as well as a choice of soft and hardtops. The six-cylinder turbo diesel benefits from start/stop as well, and as expected, the eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

Jeep will likely offer a choice of two powertrains: A 3.6-liter V-6 hooked to either an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual will be standard, while a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 teamed an 8-speed automatic will become an option in 2020.

The vehicle is also available with 33-inch off-road tyres, and can ford water up to 76cm (30 inches) deep. There will also be myriad door, windscreen and roof configurations available. A forward-facing off-road camera is also available for customers who are serious about the go-anywhere capabilities of this truck.

The fold-down windshield from the Wrangler ports over to the Gladiator, as does the FCA's fourth-generation Uconnect infotainment system.

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