Though aftermarket companies have been figuring out ways to put a makeshift cargo bed on the Jeep Wrangler four-door for awhile now, it has been over 20 years since a true, factory-produced Jeep pickup rolled onto the streets of America. If you’re one of those who long for the days of Jeepin’ while truckin’, Jeep has delivered an early Christmas present by taking the wraps off the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup. Burly, beautiful and rugged, Jeep promises it will be the most capable midsized truck ever, with best-in-class towing of 7,650 pounds while delivering all the off-road muscle of the all-new Jeep Wrangler JL!

At 19.4 inches longer than the Jeep Wrangler JL four-door, the 2020 Gladiator is the longest vehicle in the Jeep lineup, but if you’re a fan of the 2019 Wrangler JL, you’ll obviously find a lot to love in the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. From the rear doors forward, the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator are very similar, though there are subtle differences. Up front, the iconic seven-slot grille of the Gladiator features slightly wider slots than Wrangler, for increased airflow and radiator cooling while towing, with a mesh honeycomb insert behind the grille. The top of the grille is also slightly sloped rearward, for better aerodynamics.

Behind the rear doors is where the truckin’ magic happens. Abbreviating the hardtop and rear tub of the Jeep Wrangler JL with a rugged, square-jawed truck cab that recalls the Willys trucks of the 1950s and ‘60s, Jeep has installed a real-deal five-foot cargo bed with features like heavy-duty tiedowns, task lighting, and a dampened tailgate. The rectangular, surface-mounted tail lights will be familiar to Wrangler fans, but the new tailgate has some tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to stop and lock in any of three positions for increased hauling capability.

Maybe coolest of all is that the 2020 Gladiator shares the easily-removable top and aluminum doors of the Wrangler JL, for topless, open-air wheelin’ with the removal of just a few bolts. It’s the first full-convertible pickup by any manufacturer since the mid-1990s. The 2020 Gladiator also features the easily-removable Freedom Panels over the front seats, and the lay-down windshield of the Wrangler, with the fixed windshield header and rear view mirror that stays in place even with the windshield down.

Underneath, the body-on-frame 2020 Jeep Gladiator also shares the rock-solid drivetrain components of the Jeep Wrangler, up to and including a Gladiator Rubicon model featuring 33-inch all-terrain tires, the unstoppable Jeep Rock-Trac 4x4 system, third-gen Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok electric front and rear axle lockers, and electronic swaybar disconnect for increased suspension articulation. Standard power is the reliable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-5, backed by a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Coming in 2020 will be the new 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6, for unbeatable torque and world-class fuel economy.

Built at the legendary Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be offered in four trim configurations, including Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon. Jeep projects they’ll be in showrooms in the second quarter of 2019, just in time to make summer a blast!

We don’t know about you, but we’re STOKED to get the keys to the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup here at Steve Landers Auto Group! Want to buy a 2020 Jeep Gladiator in Little Rock, Arkansas? Well then, if you want to be the first kid on your block to own this groundbreaking new truck from Jeep, stop by Steve Landers CDJR in Little Rock, and talk to one of our friendly finance experts. Get pre-approved, get on the list, and we’ll make sure you’re in the driver’s seat of a new 2020 Jeep Gladiator as soon as they come off the transports! Come see us!  

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