Jeep has been around for many years and their claim to fame has revolved around the venerable Wrangler, a wonderful on or off-road daily driver. With today’s demands for pickup trucks skyrocketing, it was only a matter of time before a company like Jeep, which has been known for building one of the best 4×4 platforms, would eventually design a pickup truck. Behold the Jeep Gladiator.
Designed from a 2019 Jeep Wrangler platform, the Jeep Gladiator has a few tweaks that sets it apart. A raked windshield, stylish faux fender vents and a redesigned front bumper, all contribute to the changes made from the base Wrangler. To accommodate the addition of a truck bed in the back, Jeep lengthened the wheelbase from 295 to 349 centimetres. The five-foot bed gives it an overall length of 554 centimetres — 64 longer than the regular four-door Wrangler.
The Jeep Gladiator provides an improved driving experience. Seating is set high and the belt line is low. Headroom is excellent, but the glass doesn’t go very close to the top of the roof. The pillars are thin, and the upright windshield is signature Jeep design. Visibility is clear in any direction which gives it a huge advantage over other pickups. This means that parallel parking is a breeze. Its manageable size makes it nimble in lane changes and maneuvering into city parking lots.
The secret to the Jeep Gladiator’s design is its size. With a width of 187 centimetres, it is much narrower than a comparable F-150 Raptor at 203-centimetres. Also, the Raptor weighs half a ton while the Jeep is just half that.
Some of the nuances of driving a Wrangler such as the loud noise it makes, the uncomfortable ride after an extended period of time, and its high gas consumption pump have been addressed in the Gladiator. With the luxury-spec Overland trim, passengers feel no worse for wear during long highway jaunts. Wind noise is significantly reduced despite its boxy shape, and the tires are a lot quieter.
A lot of thought went into making the interior and it’s just as polished as the exterior changes. The A-pillar grab handles are ergonomically placed for easy ingress into the cab. The window switches are centrally located to simplify the removal of the doors, and so that if only the fronts are removed, you can still control the rear windows. The seats are upholstered in leather and are soft and form-fitting to ensure comfort on longer drives. The rears can also be folded to reveal additional storage boxes underneath.
There are plenty of options available for the Jeep Gladiator to suit various tastes. It can have an upgraded U-Connect infotainment system with navigation, optional automatic transmission, and limited-slip rear differential should the customer need it. The Gladiator has an official fuel economy rating of 13.7 L/100 kilometres in the city and 10.7 on the highway.
Jeep really took its time to design a pickup truck that is distinct to their brand and is practical for daily use. Its refreshing redesign and styling gives it a unique characteristic that would appeal to everyone from truck enthusiasts, to small businesses looking for a rugged, comfortable and capable truck that can handle anything you throw at it.
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