The Gladiator was originally introduced to the Jeep lineup of vehicles for the 1963 model year. Jeep continued to produce the Gladiator until 1971. After that time, Jeep produced their J series of trucks until 1987 when they discontinued all production of trucks. Jeep has brought the Gladiator back for the 2020 model year.
The Gladiator combines the open air ruggedness expected from a Jeep with the utilitarian convenience of a pickup truck. Looking at the front elevation of the vehicle, the Gladiator is unmistakably a Jeep. The Sunrider soft top and the Freedom Top hardtop are easily removed for an open air ride either on or off road. The doors can be removed for a more open air experience. For those who want even fewer barriers between them and the wind, the windshield lowers as well.
The five foot bed of the truck is constructed from rugged steel, and it features integrated tie-downs. The available spray in bedliner adds an extra element of durability. The tailgate can be lowered fully, lowered partially, or left upright to accommodate the cargo in the box. There is an available 115 volt power outlet in the bed of the truck to facilitate the use of tools or appliances while on the road. The outlet is weather proof, and it is controlled with a switch inside the truck. The available tonneau bed cover can be rolled back to allow full access to the bed or secured to fully cover cargo. The Trail Rail Cargo Management System has adjustable tie-downs that can be placed at the front of the bed and on the sides of the bed to secure cargo.
The Gladiator boasts a Trail Rated badge. To earn the badge the Gladiator was tested under harsh conditions and over tough terrain to rate its off-road capability. The Gladiator has been rated for crossing bodies of water that are up to 30 inches deep. With up to 11.1 inches of ground clearance, the truck can be driven over obstacles without fear of damage to the under carriage. The traction system and a higher level of articulation help to keep the truck stable with all four wheels on the ground. Precision steering along with the wheelbase design gives the Gladiator the ability to maneuver around obstacles and tight spaces quickly. An available front facing off-road camera helps drivers to more easily maneuver over rough terrain by allowing the path in front of the tires to be viewed on the interior screen. The camera is kept clean with the touch of a button inside the truck.
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