Jeep reveals its go-anywhere ute, the Jeep Gladiator
Jeep has used the Los Angeles Auto Show as an opportunity to pull the covers off its all-terrain Gladiator ute, which should roll into showrooms in the second half – the USA at least– of 2019.
The Gladiator borrows its iconic grille from the Wrangler, and also boasts one of two of Jeep’s Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems – depending on the model, Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect and 33-inch off-road tyres.
If you enjoy traversing river crossings, you’ll be comforted to know that the Jeep Gladiator can ford up to 30 inches of water. It’ll also be able to tow 3,500kg and you’ll be able to carry 725kg of stuff in the back.
Speaking of the rear tub, there’s a covered power point and tie down points for added convenience.
Customers will be able to choose from two hard and two soft top options along with many different door, top and windscreen combinations. As per the Wrangler, you’ll be able to fold down the windscreen, for the mud in the face experience off-road.
The doors, hinges, fenders, windscreen frame and bonnet are fashioned from aluminium to save weight.
Power will come from Jeep’s 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 (212kW/353Nm) which will be offered with an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual, and a 3.0 litre V6 turbo diesel (194kW/599Nm) will be available with the automatic.
The Jeep Gladiator will be fitted with Jeep’s UConnect infotainment system, with either a 7 or 8.4 inch touchscreen, a variety of sound systems will be on offer, one of which will have a wireless speaker behind the backseats.
Information on Australian-bound models to follow.