2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon 

Engineering,Jeep | May 16 2019

Truck Thursday: Engineers given a ‘unique opportunity’ to bring the all-new Jeep® Gladiator back to market

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator offers best-in-class towing and payload along with a number of unique features, such as a forward-facing camera.

When Jeep® engineers were assigned the task to bring back the iconic Jeep truck, they embraced the opportunity by creating a vehicle that’s a class-leader.

“What we wanted to do up-front is set a best-in-class target for these key characteristics from a payload perspective and towing perspective,” said Pete Milosavlevski, Gladiator chief engineer.

The all-new Gladiator builds on the Jeep brand’s rich heritage of dependable and durable Jeep trucks with a class-leading payload of 1,600 pounds and towing of 7,650 pounds.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Overland

There’s also an efficient powertrain in the Gladiator with the 3.6L Pentastar upgrade that’s rated to 285hp and 260 lb. -ft of torque. Every Gladiator also comes with a standard four-wheel-drive system.

When drivers take the Gladiator off-road, they will find a best-in-class approach angle of 43.6 degrees in the front and best-in-class departure angle of 26 degrees in the rear of the truck.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

Engineers kept customers in mind when developing the five-foot box on the Gladiator. Milosavlevski said it was important to get at least 48 inches of width to accommodate everything from dirt bikes to plywood.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon

Another innovation is the forward-facing camera, which is exclusive to the Gladiator Rubicon models. The front camera sits behind the middle slot of Gladiator’s seven-slot grille and can be accessed through the available Off-road Pages. This camera allows oncoming obstructions on a trail to be easily seen.

“We wanted to provide another innovative tool for the Jeep enthusiast that they can use to have a great time while they are off-roading the vehicle to get over any obstacle,” Milosavlevski said. “Now that off-road camera gives you those eyes.”

For more information about Jeep Gladiator, visit the Jeep website.


Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.