JEEP GLA­DI­A­TOR

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - New 2020 Vehicle Preview -

The four-door Wran­gler Un­lim­ited spawned the Gla­di­a­tor pickup that de­liv­ers greater haul­ing and tow­ing ca­pac­i­ties. In de­sign­ing the Gla­di­a­tor, Jeep built a new and stronger frame that’s more than 30 inches longer than the Un­lim­ited’s. Wheel­base was also in­creased by about 20 inches. Be­hind the se­cond-row seat is a five-foot-long box ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing up to 1,600 pounds. Trai­ler­ing ca­pac­ity with the proper pack­age tops out at 7,650 pounds. As with other Wran­glers, the Gla­di­a­tor’s re­mov­able doors, hood, fend­ers, tail­gate and fold­down wind­shield frame are made of alu­minum. The steel hard­top can be un­bolted and re­placed with an op­tional fold­ing soft-top, or with a hard­top with dual re­mov­able roof pan­els. A slid­ing rear-win­dow is stan­dard for ei­ther top. The Gla­di­a­tor’s 285-horse­power V-6 will be fa­mil­iar to Wran­gler fans, but a V-6 turbo-diesel op­tion with 260 horse­power and 442 pound-feet of torque will be­come avail­able for 2020. A six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion or op­tional eight-speed au­to­matic can be har­nessed to the V-6, while the au­to­matic is stan­dard with the turbo-diesel. Com­mand-Trac four­wheel-drive, which is stan­dard with the Sport and Over­land, uses a two-speed trans­fer case with low-range gear­ing. The Ru­bi­con trim’s Rock-Trac sys­tem has lock­ing front and rear dif­fer­en­tials plus steeper lowrange gear­ing for deal­ing with steep in­clines.

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