Winnipeg Free Press

Jeep's new Gladiator a worthy successor to long-gone Comanche

by Germain Goyer . Jan 25 2019
William Clavey / LC MediaJeep’s new Gladiator is the brand’s first pickup truck since the Comanche disappeared from the market in 1992.

William Clavey / LC Media

Jeep’s new Gladiator is the brand’s first pickup truck since the Comanche disappeared from the market in 1992.

The new Jeep Gladiator made its Canadian première earlier this week at the Montreal Auto Show.

Although the Gladiator has a bed at the rear, it remains a true Jeep and is the brand’s first pickup truck since the Comanche disappeared from the market in 1992.

Unsurprisingly, it’s equipped with the legendary four-wheel-drive system that defined the brand’s reputation.

As is the case with the Wrangler, the top and the doors can be removed, while the windshield can be folded down, allowing occupants to ride aboard the Gladiator with the wind in their hair.

Even though the front end is a spitting image of the Jeep Wrangler, the Gladiator is being marketed as a stand-alone model in Jeep’s lineup. Only a four-wheel-drive variant will be offered.

Under the hood, you can opt for one of two six-cylinder engines. The standard engine is the 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6, a proven mill found in many Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual, it produces 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

The Gladiator will also be available with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel unit that generates 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The diesel engine is only available with an automatic transmission.

The first units of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator should arrive in dealerships in mid-2019.

— LC Media

FCAThe windshield on Jeep’s new Gladiator can be folded down, allowing occupants to ride with the wind in their hair.

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The windshield on Jeep’s new Gladiator can be folded down, allowing occupants to ride with the wind in their hair.