Jeep’s new pickup is showing love to the 419

Thirteen years after introducing the Gladiator concept, Jeep finally came through on its word to launch a production model. The all-new, Wrangler-based Gladiator is a big deal, not just for Jeep, but for the entire pickup segment. We’ve already talked about the Gladiator numerous times in the last few days, but we’re back with another interesting nugget about the pickup. It’s an easter egg included inside the pickup that pays homage to its production roots.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Easter Egg

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator's Little Easter Egg is A Nod To its Production Roots Exterior
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At this point, we know all about the Jeep Gladiator. We know that it rides on a traditional body-on-frame chassis. We know that it has high-strength aluminum doors, hinges, hood, fenders, windshield frame, and tailgate.

We also know that it’s powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Jeep also said that the Gladiator will come with best-in-class towing of 7,650 pounds and a 4x4 payload of 1,600 pounds.

The Gladiator is shaping up to be, as Jeep says, the “most capable midsize pickup truck ever.”

All the same, those who end up buying the Gladiator will receive a unique little easter egg to go along with the pickup. Mind you; it’s not a literal easter egg; it’s the metaphorical one, the kind that automakers usually throw in as special nods to a person, a thing, or, at least in this case, some a place.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator's Little Easter Egg is A Nod To its Production Roots
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Look in the left-rear area of the Gladiator, and you’ll see a little heart monogram that’s accompanied by the numbers “4-1-9.” The numbers look random on the surface, but Jeep wouldn’t put it there without reason, would it?

Dig a little deeper into the meaning of those numbers, and you’ll realize that those aren’t random at all. 4-1-9, or 419, in this case, is the area code of Toledo, Ohio.

What’s so important about Toledo, Ohio to the Jeep Gladiator? That’s where you’ll find Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 312-acre Toledo Assembly Complex. That’s where the Jeep Wrangler takes shape, and it’s also the facility where the Gladiator will be built. The little homage is a nice touch to what already is an impressive pickup. As it is, one area of the Toledo production facility — the south end — is responsible for preproduction examples of the Gladiator. The other end, the north end, is where Jeep builds the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. With the Gladiator expected to launch in showrooms sometime in the second quarter of 2019, expect that facility to run on full capacity in the first half of the year.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator's Little Easter Egg is A Nod To its Production Roots Exterior
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The Gladiator is an important model for Jeep, not only because it’s new, but also because it’s entering a market where Jeep hasn’t had a presence in since the Jeep Comanche was phased out in 1992 because of low sales and a disrupted hierarchy between Jeep and Dodge.

But now that Jeep is back in this space, expect it to go all-out in giving the Gladiator the kind of quality that can live up to its name.

And as far as easter eggs go, the “heart 4-1-9” monogram isn’t as cool as Tesla’s psychedelic cowbell road or as engaging as the sketch pad on the touchscreen of the Model S, but it is a heartfelt nod to the facility where it takes shape and the people who make it happen.

2020 Jeep Gladiator specifications

2018 Jeep Gladiator Exterior
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Engine 3.6-LITER PENTASTAR V-6
Type and Description 60-degree, V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement (cu. in. / cc) 220 cu. in. (3,604 cu. cm)
Bore x Stroke 3.78 x 3.27 (96 x 83)
Valve System Chain-driven DOHC, 24 valves and hydraulic end-pivot roller rockers
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Aluminum deep-skirt block, aluminum alloy heads
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Power 285 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Torque 260 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM
Wheelbase 137.3 (3,487)
Overhang — Front 29.7 (755)
Overhang — Rear 51.0 (1,296)
Track — Front 62.9 (1,598)/64.4 (1,636) – Sport Max Tow, Rubicon
Track — Rear 62.9 (1,598)/64.4 (1,636) – Sport Max Tow, Rubicon
Overall Length 218.0 (5,539)
Overall Width 73.8 (1,875)
Overall Height – Soft Top 75.0 (1,907)/76.1 (1,933) – Rubicon
Overall Height – Hardtop 73.1 (1,857)/74.1 (1,882) - Rubicon
Box Volume 35.5 cu. ft. (1.0 cu. m)
Box Length, Tailgate Closed 60.3 (1,531)
Box Length, Tailgate Opened 81.3 (2,067)
Cargo Width – Lift Gate 56.8 (1,442)
Cargo Height – Lift Gate 33.9 (861)
Liftover Height 29.7 (755)
Load Floor Height – Axle 33.3 (845)
Distances between Wheelhouses 44.8 (1,137)
Tailgate Opening Width 50 (1,270)
Open Tailgate to Ground 34.8 (885)

Further reading

2018 Jeep Gladiator
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

2005 Jeep Gladiator concept
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Jeep Gladiator concept

Read our full review on the 2005 Jeep Gladiator Concept.

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