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Jeep Gladiator (JT) - Jeep Gladiator (JT)

Jeep medium pickup introduced in 2020
Jeep Gladiator (JT)
Manufacturer Stellantis North America, formerly FCA US (Jeep Division)
production April 2019 - today
Model years 2020 - today
Assembly United States: Toledo Complex, Ohio
Designer Taylor long neck
Body and chassis
class Medium pickup
layout Front engine, all-wheel drive
connected Jeep Wrangler (JL)
engine 3.6L Pentastar V6
3.0L EcoDiesel V6 with turbocharger
transmission 6-speed manual transmission
8-speed automatic
wheelbase 137.3 in (3,487 mm)
length 5.537 mm (218.0 inches)
width 1,875 mm (73.8 in)
height 1,857-1,933 mm (73.1-76.1 inches)
Empty weight 4,650-5,072 lb (2,109-2,301 kg)
predecessor Jeep CJ-10
Jeep Comanche
Dodge / Ram Dakota

The Jeep Gladiator is a mid-size pickup truck manufactured by the Jeep division of Stellantis North America (formerly FCA US). It was unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 28, 2018, and went on sale in the spring of 2019. Based on the same platform as the Wrangler JL, the Gladiator is Jeep's first pickup truck since the Comanche was discontinued in 1992.


The name of the vehicle goes back to the original Jeep Gladiator, which was manufactured from 1962 to 1988 and was known as the J-Series after 1971. Jeep considered reviving the name Gladiator alongside Comanche and most commonly Scrambler and simply using a new name before settling on Gladiator, the feeling it would best suit the truck.

A version of a Jeep Scrambler pickup was shown at the North American Dealers Association in 2003. At the end of 2004 the Jeep Gladiator concept was introduced. The 2005 Gladiator Concept did not have a removable roof, but rather removable doors and a pickup bed. There was also a preview of the design of the upcoming Jeep Wrangler (JK). The Gladiator concept was powered by a 3.0 liter common rail diesel engine (CRD) made by VM Motori (similar to that used in some models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee) combined with a manual transmission and four-wheel drive. It had functional mini back doors and rear seats. The Gladiator concept included a green-on-gray color scheme for outside and inside.

Exterior design

Jeep Gladiator (JT) rear

The all-new four-door, mid-size, five-passenger Gladiator features exterior and interior styling cues from the Wrangler JL. Taylor Langhals was the senior exterior designer at Gladiator. Since a truck is often used for both towing and towing purposes, the front grille slots have been enlarged to allow for increased airflow and engine cooling. A full-size spare wheel, usually mounted on the Wrangler's rear hatch, is mounted under the Gladiator's bed.

Similar to the Wrangler JL, there are four different roof options available, including a black one Sun rider Vinyl hood and a high quality one Sun rider Soft top made of black fabric (both can be fully retracted), one black Freedom top three-piece hardtop and a three-piece Freedom top -Hardtop with color key, both of which have removable aluminum roof panels.

The truck has front and rear doors that can be completely removed, as well as a windshield that can be lowered (like the Wrangler JL, the Jeep includes a tool kit with the tools needed to remove the doors and lower the windshield) . The Gladiator is unique in that it is the only truck available with a folding top.

A front-facing rear camera mounted in one of the front grille slots is also available and displays a picture on the touchscreen of what is directly in front of the vehicle (one of the two larger U Connect touchscreen is used for this function. Displays required) Helps with maneuverability in the field, such as. B. when calling for water, as well as when climbing over objects such as tree trunks and rocks. With the "Off Road Pages" application displayed in the instrument cluster, a gladiator driver can display approach and take-off angles, steering angles and more.

Equipment variants

The gladiator is in the sizes base Sports , Mid-level Sport S. , luxurious Overland , Mojave for Desert races and Rubicon for the Off-road use available (one limited to 4,190 units Rubicon Launch Edition- Limited model Edition) . The Gladiator and Wrangler JL differ in terms of their luxury trim levels. The luxury Wrangler is called the "Sahara", while the luxury equipment of the Gladiator is known as the "Overland" model. When fitted with leather upholstery, the Overland gets a stitched soft touch the surface of the dashboard and the hand-stitched dashboard, similar to that of the Wrangler Sahara.


At the start, the only engine option for the Gladiator was the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 petrol engine with variable valve timing (VVT) and electronic stop-start system (ESS), which, like the Wrangler JL, developed 280 hp. However, a 3.0 liter V6 turbocharged diesel engine from EcoDiesel will be available in mid-2020. The 3.6-liter V6 is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission from Aisin or with the eight-speed automatic transmission ZF 850RE from the Wrangler JL. Like the Wrangler JL, all Gladiator models are all-wheel drive.

Payload and trailer load

The payload for the Gladiator is 770 kg. The loading area of ​​the truck can optionally be equipped with a rear collapsible tarpaulin, which has a "Weekend Warrior Mode" with which the tailgate can be closed and 2 x 4 lumber can be pulled into the pickup loading area and only part of the loading area The loading area cover must be open (the cover can also be fully retracted or removed if necessary). The tailgate is pivotable and can be locked in a partially open position if the owner does not wish to fully lower the tailgate.

The standard gladiator has a towing capacity of 1814 kg (4,000 lbs). However, a high-performance towing package is available for select Gladiator Sport models that increases the towing capacity to 3,470 kg (7,650 lb) and includes a rear axle ratio of 4.10.

The diesel-powered Gladiator has a lower towing capacity than the petrol-powered variant.


The Gladiator has an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a tip-over angle of 20.3 degrees and a take-off angle of 26 degrees. The Rubicon is equipped with electric lockers for the front and rear axles and an electronic separating bar.

A front camera system is available on the Gladiator, with which the driver can see obstacles in front of and on the sides of the vehicle in the field. Information on monitoring the vehicle off-road can be found on the off-road pages in the Apps section of the Uconnect infotainment system.


Unique features of the Gladiator include a flat rear loading floor for carrying longer and larger items inside the truck, secure and lockable storage under the back seat, and a detachable wireless bluetooth speaker that charges while the vehicle is running and the speaker is on in its docking station behind the back seat. From the front seats to the front, the Gladiator has an interior design that is almost identical to that of the Jeep Wrangler JL. The Gladiator has the same dashboard layout and positioning of the gear selector, 4WD mode selector and manual parking brake. The only difference is that the gear selector in a vehicle with an automatic transmission has a representation of the Gladiator instead of a Willy Jeep like the Wrangler automatic transmission.

As with the Wrangler JL, the Gladiator has three different touchscreen infotainment systems, each of which integrates the reversing camera into the touchscreen:

  • Sport and Sport S fairings have a standard U Connect 3 5.0BT radio with U Connect Bluetooth connectivity. SiriusXM satellite radio is optional and includes one year of service.
  • Overland and Rubicon panels have a standard U Connect 4 7.0 infotainment system with U Connect Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio with one-year service. This system is also optional for the Sport S.
  • The Rubicon Launch Edition and the North Edition both have a standard U Connect 4C 8.4 infotainment system with U Connect Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio with one year of operation, Garmin-based GPS navigation, 4G LTE WiFi hotspot in the vehicle, U Connect Guardian from SiriusXM with one-year service, SiriusXM Travel Link with five-year service. This radio is also optionally available for Overland and Rubicon models as part of the Infotainment and Premium Audio group. This option later became an option for the Sport S model as well.
  • All Gladiator models except the Rubicon Launch Edition have a standard audio system with eight speakers and speakers in the lower knee panels, upper instrument panel and rear roll bar. The Rubicon Launch Edition contains the optional Alpine Premium audio system with 552 watt amplifier and subwoofer (this system is also available in all equipment variants, with the exception of the basic sport with optional infotainment and Premium Audio Group).
  • With the Alpine Premium Audio System and Infotainment and Premium Audio Group for all models with the exception of the basic sport, Gladiator buyers can choose the optional removable and rechargeable wireless Bluetooth speaker, which is stowed and charged behind the back seat. This feature is unique to the gladiator. This speaker is also part of the standard equipment of the Rubicon Launch Edition.


The Gladiator has most of the safety features that are found in the Wrangler JL, including a forward collision warning with active braking and adaptive cruise control. The Jeep Active Safety Group and the Jeep Advanced Active Safety Group are both available for all models except the Basic Sport and are included in the Rubicon Launch Edition.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety ratings indicate that the front driver side received 4/5 stars and the front passenger side received 5/5 stars for the 2020 model of the Gladiator. The crash test technical report for these assessments was prepared by Calspan Corporation and published on December 10, 2019.

The Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) did not publish its ratings for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator until December 2019.


The introductory video at the Los Angeles Auto Show used a sound clip from the film gladiator dating from 2000, when the original Jeep Gladiator told the new model, shortly before the new model was officially launched, that it "has to win the crowd". During Super Bowl LIV, Jeep premiered a commercial for The Gladiator starring Bill Murray in which he starred from the film Groundhog Day repeated (the game itself also fell on Groundhog Day). It was named the best commercial Super Bowl LIV on USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter poll.

Special editions

Rubicon Launch Edition

Jeep celebrated the introduction of the brand new Gladiator with the limited edition Rubicon Launch Edition model. The Rubicon Launch Edition can only be pre-ordered via a special website and will only be available on April 4, 2019 (Jeep 4X4 Day). It is based on the first-class Rubicon trim level and contains all the options available for this trim level with no additional options available. Available for an MSRP of $ 62,310, only 4,190 limited-edition Rubicon Launch Edition gladiators were made (the number "4,190" pays homage to the 419 area code for Toledo, Ohio, home of the Toledo Complex where the gladiator is mounted). Special features that set the Rubicon Launch Edition apart from other Gladiator models include a special badge, special wheels, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with red stitching. The Launch Edition was available in five colors: Black, Bright White, Crash Red, Granite Crystal Metallic and Billet Silver Metallic.

North Edition

At the end of 2019, Jeep presented the Gladiator North Edition. Based on the luxury-oriented Overland model, the North Edition is marketed to Gladiator buyers in colder climates. In addition to the standard equipment of the Overland, the Gladiator North Edition model offers functions such as the U Connect 4C 8.4 touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM Guardian, satellite radio and Travel Link services as well as the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android car smartphones - speakers Alpine Premium audio Amplifier system with subwoofer, the Cold Weather Group (which includes two heated front bucket seats, a heated leather steering wheel and a remote-controlled vehicle starter system), a unique "Nord" badge on the rear tailgate; and rubberized all-weather floor mats front and rear. The North Edition is the first option in the Gladiator trim level, followed by the Gladiator Mojave model.


Jeep introduced the Gladiator Mojave at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The Mojave is the first desert rated Jeep model. Mojave fairing features include 33-inch all-terrain Falken Wildpeak tires (mud-terrain tires are also available as an option), unique 17-inch painted aluminum alloy wheels, and 2.5-inch internal bypass -Fox brand shock absorbers with external reservoirs. A unique "Desert Rated 4X4" badge in place of the "Trail Rated 4X4" badge on both front fenders, unique "Mojave" decals on both sides of the hood, orange tow hooks and an "Off Road Plus" button on the center console for improved off-road capability and the ability to lock the gladiator's rear axles at high speeds in 4WD High mode (a feature only available on the Mojave). When the interior is fitted with the optional leather seats, it has a special heat-reflective seat material that can withstand the hottest climates (all of the Mojave's interiors have unique orange stitching on the seats, steering wheel, dashboard, and door trim panels).

High Altitude Edition

At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, Jeep introduced the Gladiator High Altitude Edition as a new "up-level" Gladiator trim level. The High Altitude Edition has a unique emblem on the rear tailgate as well as 20-inch all-season tires and black painted aluminum alloy wheels, color-coded fender flares front and rear, color-coded front and rear door handles and side mirrors, color-coordinated bumpers front and rear, LED -Lighting front and rear, a three-part hard top roof with color key, a standard 8.4-inch U-Connect 4C touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM Guardian, satellite radio and Travel Link services and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration , an Alpine Electronics | Alpine premium audio system with nine speakers and subwoofer, leather-covered seats with heating for the front bucket seats and the leather steering wheel as well as the black "Trail Rated 4X4" emblems on both front fenders.


The Gladiator Altitude, also launched in 2020, is based on the Sport S model. The Altitude features a body-colored radiator grille and flared fenders, 18-inch aluminum wheels made of granite crystal and a black hard top, as well as darkened interior accents.


Introduced in the 2021 range, the Gladiator Willy's is based on the Sport S model. However, the $ 39,260 base price Willy's Sport offers many of the same options as the higher spec Rubicon, including standard rock rails and beefy-looking 32-inch BF Goodrich KM2 mud tires. It also features a rear locking differential, and Jeep's part-time Command-Trac 4x4 two-speed transfer case with a 2.72: 1 reduction ratio is also standard. The Willys Edition is also characterized by a Willys hood sticker, a retro-looking 4WD tailgate sticker, black 17-inch aluminum wheels with gray upholstery print and a glossy black grille and is considered an off-road bargain.

Texas Trail Edition

On April 12, 2021, Jeep unveiled the Gladiator Texas Trail, a special edition of the Jeep Gladiator that will only be available in Texas. Based on the Gladiator Sport S outfit, the Gladiator Texas Trail features unique 1836 stickers celebrating the state's Declaration of Independence. Standard exterior features include 17-inch wheels made of medium-gloss black aluminum, black side steps and hardtop, and Jeep's exclusive “Trail Rated” badge. Jeep also announced that both the Pentastar and EcoDiesel V6 engines will be available for the Gladiator Texas Trail. The starting MSRP is $ 40,535.


The Gladiator is a midsize pickup truck and competes with other midsize pickups already on the market like the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma.


On September 13, 2019, Chrysler announced a recall for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT, which affected a total of around 3,427 gladiators. The Dana Corporation, which makes the rear driveshaft for the Gladiator, may have assembled the rear axle monoblocks without grease, which could result in possible rear driveshaft breakage and a sudden loss of power. Jeep dealers will replace the rear driveshaft on the affected 2020 Gladiator models. The recall, which affects 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT models built between December 15, 2018 and June 25, 2019, is expected to begin on October 18, 2019. In addition, a stop-sale order was placed on dealer properties for all Jeep Gladiator JT models affected. Only gladiators built before June 25, 2019 are affected by the recall.


Calendar year United States Mexico
2019 40.037 394
2020 77.542 1,325


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