Jeep’s pickup ‘loaded’ with capability and fun

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Jeep hasn’t introduced a pickup truck model since the early 1990s, but now comes the 2021 Gladiator, which gives adventure and challenge enthusiasts a truck with Jeep Caliber performance. This all new midsize pickup truck is basically a more versatile version of the legendary and vastly popular Jeep Wrangler. The Gladiator comes with infinite customization possibilities, with more than 150 original “Mopar” Jeep accessories, which compliments those with an adventurous lifestyle, plus a longer wheelbase that helps it ride better. اضافة اعلان

Combined with a powerful V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, its removable body panels and strong character make it one of the best mid-range trucks out there.

A bit of history before we delve into the details of New Gladiator: The first Jeep pickup truck dates back to 1947, when Willy’s Overland company introduced a one-ton four-wheel drive truck based on the CJ-2A model, which was later followed by a number of small truck models including the FC-150/170 (1957-1965), Jeep Gladiator Class J (1963-1987), Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler (1981-1985), and Jeep Comanche (1986-1992).

Today, 27 years later, the Jeep brand is back in the pickup truck segment with the distinctly styled Gladiator, which is a multi-purpose, open, and fun-to-drive vehicle with impressive off-road capabilities true to the Jeep name. It also has more freedom and flexibility to transport items, gear, and cargo thanks to a bed that’s made of robust steel, and has a length of 152cm.

The vehicle’s unparalleled off-road prowess is thanks to the Command-Trac, Rock-Trac 4-wheel drive systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front and rear lockers, class-specific electronic sway-bar disconnect, and off-road 81cm tires.

The all-new Jeep Gladiator is tough and rugged and is instantly identifiable as a Jeep, thanks to its traditional design cues. The design team has maintained the seven-slot front grille found on Wrangler models but widened it on the Gladiator to obtain additional air volume to aid the car’s towing ability. The front grille surface is reclined slightly to enhance aerodynamics.

The Gladiator Overland and Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with LED headlamps and anti-fog lights that radiate strong, clear white light, enhancing the Gladiator’s modern look.

Going through the interior; the design of the Jeep Gladiator combines original style, comfort, and intuitive features. The center console, inspired by the brand’s heritage, is distinguished by its elegant and simple form and complements the horizontal design of the instrument panel and features different finishes for each model.

The center console houses a 17.8cm touchscreen or an optional 21.3cm touchscreen from the fourth generation Uconnect system.

The new Jeep Gladiator stands out from the crowd with its comprehensive functionality and easy-to-use features. Only Rubicon models feature a front off-road camera that allows easy visibility of obstacles on the road.

The all-new Jeep Gladiator range of engines includes the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine, which generates 285 horsepower and 347Nm of torque. The engine was designed to deliver a wide torque range with an emphasis on producing torque at low revs — an important feature for handling extremely rough terrain.

The new Gladiator features an eight-speed automatic transmission, which improves the engine’s off-road performance and delivers smooth, efficient power at highway speeds.

Jeep Gladiator also delivers legendary off-road capabilities thanks to two advanced four-wheel drive systems. The Command-Trac all-wheel drive system — standard on the Sport and Overland models — includes a two-speed shift box with a 2.7:1 low-range speed ratio and heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 3.73 for the rear axle.

On the Gladiator Rubicon model, the Rock Track 4x4 system includes a robust Dana 44 rear axle with a 4:1 low-range speed ratio.

Both Command Track and Rock Track systems provide permanent torque management, giving improved grip when roads are bumpy or slippery. A rear limited slip differential can be selected on Sport and Overland models to provide more torque and grip on rough or slippery roads, as is the case when driving on sand, gravel, or snow.

The Gladiator enjoys a platform design based on a body-on-frame structure that forms the basis for the trucks’ durability and usability, and includes a five-axle suspension system that improves passenger safety and provides subtle driving dynamics on the road.

The Gladiator is available in three spec options: Sport, Overland, and Rubicon, with a starting price in Jordan of around JD39,900.