First Jeep Gladiator completes production
Posted on March 25, 2019
For anyone eagerly awaiting a brand new Jeep Gladiator, you will be pleased to know that the first model has just rolled off the line. Completed last week at the Jeep Toledo plant, the silver Rubicon model with some desirable options is likely on its way to a happy owner right now.
That first Jeep Gladiator has been quite the hit. It has been featured all over the internet, with fans celebrating the new model and commenting on its features. Apparently, this specific model has Trail Rail and Falken Wildpeak All Terrain tires. Two things many off road fans will want on their own jeeps.
More have likely followed since this first one rolled off on March 20 as production is running apace to keep up with demand.
2020 Jeep Gladiator
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a Wrangler with a truck bed in back. Despite its similarity, that simple change completely alters the character of this off roader and has created quite a demand. It’s a logical evolution and a great platform for what is the first true all-new Jeep model in years.
The design looks a lot like a Wrangler up front. The signature grille and upright cabin, wide front fenders and high ground clearance are instantly recognizable. It’s only when you move round to the side or rear that you see how things have changed. Instead of the Jeep ending behind the rear seats there is now a truck bed at the back.
The windshield is slightly more angled on the Gladiator than on the Wrangler but the cabin size is very similar. The Gladiator is obviously longer because of the 5’ truck bed but not so much that the design looks off or is difficult to manoeuvre.
Interestingly, the Gladiator will have the folding windshield and soft top options of the Wrangler making this the only convertible truck around. That I know of anyway.
Under the hood will be the ever-dependable 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 rated at 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It will use a six speed transmission to send power to all wheels. A 3.0-litre turbodiesel is incoming at some point what will generate 260 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque.
Overall, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator seems to be very popular with Jeep fans across the country. We have received lots of queries about arrival times, list price and options and if that’s anything to go by, I think we will be seeing more than a few of them on the road in the foreseeable future.