Jeep Debuts First Pickup Truck in Nearly Three Decades, the Gladiator

Going on sale next year.

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Jeep is tossing its hat back into the pickup ring with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Like the ever-popular Wrangler, the Gladiator sports removable soft and hard tops, round headlights, a folding windshield and similar-looking doors and interior design.

The Gladiator maintains a unique silhouette, however, with a frame 31 inches longer than the Wrangler Unlimited model, and solid front and rear axles. That being said, the Wrangler’s 3.6-liter gas V6 is under the hood for now, offering 285 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque — it will eventually be replaced with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, which will drop the horsepower to 260 while boosting torque up to an impressive 442 pound-feet.

Offered in Sport, Sport S and Rubicon models, only the latter Gladiator will elevate off-road functionality with a reinforced rear bumper and steel rocker guard. On the other hand, the Sport model will allow for a 7,650 pound towing capacity, 1,600 pound payload capacity and a 5-foot-long bed.

The Jeep Gladiator will go on sale in the second half of 2019, with prices yet to be announced. Check out Kelley Blue Book’s official reveal video below.

Elsewhere, Elon Musk teased Tesla’s forthcoming “Blade Runner” pickup truck.

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