2020 Jeep Gladiator
Motor Trend|February 2019
2020 Jeep Gladiator

More than a Wrangler with a bed, it’s a legit pickup

Alisa Priddle

How do you make MotorTrend’s 2019 SUV of the Year even better? Give it a matching pickup. Enter the Gladiator.

Loyalists have clamored for a resurrection of the pickup since the 1986–92 Comanche’s demise. The team’s mission was to develop a competitive midsize pickup with the look and capability of a Wrangler. It took longer to bring to market, but the resulting crew cab truck is deserving of the name, said Tim Kuniskis, head of Jeep in North America.

To be clear, this is not a Scrambler. Past Scramblers were Wranglers with an afterthought of a bed grafted on, whereas the original ’60s Gladiator was a proper pickup.

Built in the same Toledo, Ohio, complex as the Wrangler, the Gladiator’s frame is 31 inches longer than a Wrangler Unlimited’s, and the wheelbase is 19.4 inches longer. It has a full 5-foot bed and is 400 pounds heavier.

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February 2019