Review of Jeep Gladiator 2020
Take a look at the Jeep Gladiator and you might be fooled into thinking this is just a Jeep Wrangler with ute back.
And in some ways, it is. But it is more than that.
Jeep Gladiator can be built on a chassis built to drive crazy terrain, and it certainly looks similar to its very American name – including doors and roofing panels that you can remove. . This is the first dual cab conversion ute, after all.
Not only the name and the concept car become the actual car, Jeep Gladiator is also geared towards lifestyle and entertainment. It was Jeep’s first pickup truck since the Cherokee-based Comanche returned in 1992, and that model was never sold in Australia.
But Gladiator will be available locally by mid-2020 – it may take too long to touch down because the diesel version has not been manufactured.
Hardcore Jeep fans have waited a long time for this car, others can say that it is unobstructed, unnecessary, or even unbelievable. But the question is: are you not entertained?
Let us make sure we can’t call this car the ute Wrangler, because while it borrows a lot from that model, there’s more to it than that. Let me tell you how.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
Jeep Gladiator must be the most attractive ute in the mid-sized segment.
From some angles, it pulls in plus its size pretty well. This is a 5539mm-long ute that travels on an extra-large wheelbase of 3497mm and a width of 1875mm, while the height depends on the roof fitted and is it Rubicon or not: the standard soft-top model is 1907mm. while Rubicon is 1933mm Tall; the hardtop version is usually 1857mm high and the Rubicon hard top is 1882mm. Suffice to say, all these vans are big.
It is very large. Larger than a Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Isuzu D-Max or Mitsubishi Triton. In fact, it is no less than a Ram 1500 with the length and part of the Fiat Chrysler Automenses has a lot to do with the Jeep Gladiator under the skin.
Things like a reinforced chassis, basically five-link rear suspension and some other clever design – things like a wider bar on the grille to allow for better cooling as it is designed design with towing capability, plus both the grille wash system and forward-facing camera with a washing machine system in case it is covered in mud. Like our test car did.
In fact, it has all the Wrangler-ness you might want – there is a folding soft top, a removable hard end (both still confirmed for Australia, but both can have one. Available option) or a fixed roof. Alternatively, you can tear the door open or drop the windshield for a truly outdoor experience.
And there are some really playful elements for the design, as well. Things like dirt bike tires sink at the head of the canister in a spray bottle, plus Easter eggs like the area code stamp 419 denoting the place of the origin of Gladiator theft – Toledo, Ohio.
There will be a range of Mopar accessories for Gladiator – things like steel bumpers with winches, a sports bar for the bath, roof racks, tray racks, LEDs and maybe even a single bar. genuine bullbar.
And when it comes to tub sizes, the competition length is 1531mm long with the rear doors closed (2067mm with the rear doors down – theoretically long enough for a pair of dirt bikes), while the width is 1442mm (with 1137mm between the wheels – meaning an Aussie pallet – 1165mm x 1165mm – still do not fit, like most other dual taxis). Loading floor height is 845mm at the axle and 885mm at the back door.
The interior also has a fair share of design – and we’re not just talking about Willys Jeep motifs on the gear knob and the edge of the windshield. Check out the interior photos to see for yourself.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
It has a spacious cabin, but not the most practical if you really value the door pocket. There are mesh door caddies, but no bottle holders – the door is designed to be removed and stored easily, so bulky excess plastic is needed.
But in the United States having drinks while you drive (not that type of drink!) Is very important, so there’s a cup holder for front and rear, and there’s a small glove box, center console. The center has a large roof and map pockets on the back of the seats.
The front cabin design is very upright and looks quite retro, if you ignore the prominent screen in the middle of the dash. All controls are well placed and easy to learn, and they are very skillful and made of decent quality materials. Yes, there are plenty of hard plastics everywhere, but you may need to get rid of your Gladiator if things get muddy when you run without a roof, so it can be forgiven.
And the space in the back row is great. I am six feet long (182cm) long and easily sit behind my own driving position, with wide toes, knees and head room. The shoulder room is decent, too. Just make sure you get people to sit back in your seats if you’re having a hard time, as the cabin split scroll bar can work.
Some of the smartest elements for the Gladiator in the backseat, including a folding chair with lockable storage below, mean you can leave your removable ute unattended in the ant. Which you will tidy up.
Then there’s a detachable Bluetooth speaker, hidden behind the back seat, and can be carried around with you when you’re camping or hiking. It is waterproof, too. And when it is locked in place in the speaker becomes part of the stereo system.
Media system is model dependent, with Uconnect 5.0 inch, 7.0 inch and 8.4 inch screens available. The latter two are available with sat nav, and the largest screen can include the Jeep Off Off Pages Pages app, which shows you important four-wheel drive information such as corners and outputs.
All systems come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as stream Bluetooth phones and phones. The audio system has eight speakers as standard, nine if equipped with separate speakers.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
It’s a while before we will see prices and specifications for Jeep Gladiator, although US pricing and details have been announced.
However, if we glance at the patented CarsGuide crystal ball, here’s what we can see: a three-line model with the Sport S version starts everything for about $ 55,000. la plus on-road costs, an Overland model of about $ 63,000, and a top-tier Rubicon version of around $ 70,000.
That with the petrol engine – hopefully the diesel model will cost a little higher.
That said, the standard equipment list is set up pretty well, and we hope it will reflect what we’ve seen consistent with Wrangler.