The Gladiator brings Jeep back into the pickup market for the first time in decades.

There's good news for rugged pickup fans because the first production-ready examples of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator are now on trucks and heading to dealers. The first shipment left from the Toledo, Ohio, factory on Friday, April 12, 2019. 

Prices for the Gladiator starts at $33,545, but a person can take the price significantly higher by picking higher trim levels and loading up the options. The range-topping Rubicon grade has a base price of $43,545, and ticking every available option box results in a pickup that costs $64,110. 

Early adopters were also able to get the Launch Edition of the Gladiator for $60,815. The model was based on the Rubicon trim but with different wheels, interior trim, and badges than a run-of-the-mill example of the truck. Jeep only offered 4,190 of them, and the entire run sold out within 24 hours.

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The Gladiator launches exclusively with a 3.6-liter V6 making 285 horsepower (212 kilowatts) and 260 pound-feet (352 Newton-meters) of torque. Buyers can select between a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The truck can tow up to 7,650 pounds and has a 1,600-pound payload.

Later, Jeep will add a 3.0-liter diesel to the lineup. It'll make 260 hp (194 kW) and 442 lb-ft (599 Nm). We don't yet know exactly when the second powertrain choice arrives. Expect prices for the diesel to be higher than the gas-fueled engine, though.

Source: Jeep

 

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All-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Begins Shipping to U.S. Dealers
April 12, 2019 , Toledo, Ohio - The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever – began shipping to U.S. dealers from its home at the FCA US Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex on Friday, April 12, 2019. The Company invested $273 million to retool and modernize the plant for Gladiator production, and added 329 full-time positions to support the build. Revealed in November 2018, the Gladiator is built on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.
 
About FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

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