A couple of weeks ago, Jeep announced that the all-new Gladiator will be making its way to the Philippines some time in 2020. That means the Wrangler will soon be joined by its pick-up sibling.
It looks like we won't be waiting long as Jeep recently held the global launch of the all-new 2020 Gladiator midsize pickup in the scenic backdrop of Queenstown, New Zealand and the indigenous Māori natives.
Much like its SUV brethren, the Gladiator features the signature 7-bar 'keystone' grill, round LED headlights, and the huge wheel arches. Meanwhile, the squared LED taillights and the no-frills tailgate give the Gladiator a tough and macho appearance. Large off-road style alloy wheels wrapped in 32-inch tires ensure the Gladiator can roam any type of terrain with ease. As for the bed itself, it is made from steel and comes with integrated tie-downs. The tailgate, meanwhile, is made from lightweight aluminum, complete with dampers.
Speaking of aluminum, other parts of the Gladiator are also made from the lightweight material. These include: hood, doors, fender flares, and windshield frame. These help reduce overall weight while still being durable for on-road or off-road use.
Inside, it gets the same cabin layout as the Wrangler. From the Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system, centrally-mounted window switches, as well as the new automatic climate control system, the Gladiator has a functional and stylish interior. Also, depending on the model chosen, the touchscreen system can come in either 7-inch or 8.4-inch sizes, and includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite navigation. Only the Gladiator Sport comes with the smallest of screens at 5-inches.
A host of USB ports, along with USB-C port upfront allows users to charge their gadgets, or connect their phones to the media system. A 230-volt A/C outlet is also available and can power select three-pronged electronic devices.
Under the hood will be the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 similarly found in the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. The engine is rated at 289 PS and 352 Nm of torque. Power is then shifted to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual select. Not a fan of the gasoline V6? The much-awaited 3.0-liter EcoDiesel will only be offered in US and European markets for the meantime. It puts out 263 PS and a whopping 600 Nm of torque.
Besides having a potent V6 under the hood, the Gladiator also comes with the Selec-Trac (or Rock-Trac) 4x4 system, two-speed transfer case with low-range transfer box, and heavy-duty Dana front and rear axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio. For added suspension articulation and travel, the sway bars can also be disconnected electronically. Tru-Lok locking differentials, on the other hand, ensure that there is an equal transfer of torque in off-road conditions.
Other notable features present on the Gladiator's chassis are: Fox shock absorbers, front and rear skid plates, front and rear tow hooks, heavy-duty steel front and rear bumpers (Rubicon), front power winch, and rock rails on the bed.
The exact timeline and variants for our market are yet to be confirmed; all we know is that it will be here at around mid-2020. Until then, we can only guess if the specs we've seen and listed will be included in its PH release as well. And being a pickup, we can be sure that it will be priced competitively because of its exemption from excise taxes.