The Just Enough Essential Parts crowd has wanted a pickup for well over a decade, and with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, Ma Mopar has answered the call.
Given the Jeep’s storied place in the hearts of the off-road enthusiasts, it’s sure to be a massive hit. But after test mules started being spotted, and we knew that the rumors of the truck’s development were real, everyone started wondering just how much of a truck the new Jeep would be.
Namely, would it be able to handle traditional truck tasks? Or would it be optimized for weekend camping trips and hauling dirt bikes?
Well, from the look of this video, it seems like the Gladiator will be able to handle multiple use scenarios with ease. In it, Rob Jarrell from aftermarket Jeep experts Quadratec takes a tape measure to the bed to check whether it’ll handle a sheet of plywood, and also explains some of its other trick features. So if you’re thinking about getting into a Gladiator, it’s definitely worth a watch.
At this point, the Gladiator’s only confirmed engines are the 285-horsepower 3.6-liter V6, and a 3.0-liter diesel mill good for 260 horsepower. Both will come come with a choice of a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic, and obviously the option for four-wheel drive.
That said? We wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ma Mopar’s mad scientists drop in a Hellcat engine. Hey, it worked for the Trackhawk!
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be at your local AutoNation dealer this spring, and if you’re looking for a sneak peak of what to expect when these babies hit showrooms, head to the official Jeep site to configure your dream rig!