Jeep Gladiator Pickup Truck Leaks Ahead of L.A. Debut
We have specs too!by Ciprian Florea, on
Here it is folks! Jeep’s Wrangler-based pickup truck just leaked online before its official debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Not only we get to see it ahead of time, but we have info and specs too.
The photos and the spec sheet come courtesy of the JeepGladiator forum, which claims they were briefly posted on FCA’s media website today. Luckily, a member managed to download them before they were taken down and we can now see the Gladiator in all its glory. Oh, the sheet also confirms the truck will carry the Gladiator nameplate. While this isn’t surprising, it wasn’t clear whether Jeep wanted to use the Gladiator or Scrambler name.
A Wrangler with A Bed
As a unique feature in the truck world, the Gladiator comes in an open-air configuration
As expected, the Gladiator looks like a Wrangler with a bed. The truck is virtually identical to the popular SUV model save for the five-foot steel bed in the rear, the wider tailgate, and the revised rear bumper. All photos depict crew-cab models and there’s no word on whether Jeep will make a single-cab version.
As a unique feature in the truck world, the Gladiator comes in an open-air configuration with a soft-top and a foldable windshield. It’s a convertible truck with the Wrangler’s traditional fold-down windshield! Should you want the convenience of a classic truck, Jeep offers to hard-top options as well.
Optionally, you'll be able to order the Gladiator with a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6
The spec sheet confirms that the Gladiator will arrive with two engine options. First up is the familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which mates to either an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. There’s no word on output, but it should generate the same 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque as in the Wrangler SUV.
Optionally, you’ll be able to order the Gladiator with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 offered with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. If specs remain unchanged for the truck, it should crank out 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This engine is available with the eight-speed automatic only. Both mills are equipped with a stop-start function.
What Else Do We Know?
Jeep claims best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload at up to 7,650 pounds and up to 1,600 pounds, respectively
The Gladiator will be as capable as the Wrangler in rough terrain. Jeep claims it will have "unmatched capability" thanks to the two available 4x4 systems, Command-Trac and Rock-Track. It’s also equipped with third-gen Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock axles front and rear, a limited-slip differential, and a segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect. The optional 33-inch off-road tires will help it climb rocks as well as stroll through 30 inches of water.
Jeep also estimates best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload at up to 7,650 pounds and up to 1,600 pounds, respectively. These figures are likely for the diesel model.
Tech includes a fourth-gen Uconnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 7.0- or 8.4-inch display, forward-facing off-road camera, and more than 80 available safety and security features.
Stay tuned for more info from the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show!
Read our speculative review on the upcoming Jeep Gladiator.
Source: JeepGladiator forums