Jeep's first 27-year pickup combines the off-road capability that the brand requires with leading towing capacity.
Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Auto Critic
SACRAMENTO, California – Don't call 2020 Jeep Gladiator, "Wrangler pickup", unless you're ready for a lecture from the owner.
For starters, the top model, a Gladiator Rubicon, is about 30 inches longer and 600 pounds heavier than a four-door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
The difference in the two Jeeps length and weight is much larger than the gaps between a Honda Civic compact and Accord medium sized sedan.
In addition to the difference in self-weight, the Gladiator was designed to draw 7,650 pounds, more than twice a Wrangler Unlimited's towing capacity of 3,500.
Gladiator frame – a ladder-like structure that is effectively skeleton to most pickup-style vehicles – is made by another supplier and has different shapes and sizes from Wrangler.
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2020 Jeep Gladiator (Photo: Mark Phelan)
The frame determines how a vehicle handles weight and how the structure behaves to protect its residents in a crash, similar to the Wrangler under the cabin, which is largely identical in the two vehicles.
Any significant change in vehicle weight affects almost all Other aspects of the structure mean that changes such as moving the spare wheel from Wrangler's tail gate to under the bed – where almost all pickup spare parts go – meant several changes. e redesigned for it, delivering off-road capacity, towing capacity and the ability to carry 1,650 people and things in the cabin and bed.
More than just the foundation changed. The tracks in Jeep's seven-track brands are larger in the Gladiator because the engine needed more air for cooling when towing a heavy trailer on a steep hill in hot weather.
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2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (Photo: FCA US)
The rear brakes are also larger because rear brakes do more work in hauling pickups than in passenger-carrying SUVs and cars.
Then save yourself a lecture. When your neighbor pulls up his new gladiator, say, "Nice pickup. It's great how they constructed it to be a real truck."
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