After a long wait, Australian specs and pricing have been announced for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator ute ahead of a local arrival in May.
At launch, Jeep will offer the Gladiator in Overland and Rubicon trim levels, along with a limited-run Launch Edition variant.
While local dual-cab buyers overwhelmingly prefer diesel, initially, all Gladiator models will be powered by the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine producing 209kW and 347Nm. Drive is sent to all four corners through an eight-speed automatic transmission from specialists ZF.
Pricing is at the top end of the segment with the Overland starting from $75,450 plus on-road costs, while the Rubicon opens at $76,450 plus on-roads.
When compared to the four-door Wrangler, the Gladiator’s frame is an additional 787mm in length with an extra 492mm on the wheelbase.
The Gladiator uses a body-on-frame design, a five-link suspension system, and four steel cross-members to reinforce the load floor while the aluminium tailgate is damped.
Built for the tuff stuff, the Overland is equipped with the Selec-Trac Active On-Demand 4x4 system with a two-speed part-time transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 axles with a 3.73 rear axle ratio.
Rubicon variants get the Rock-Trac Active On-Demand 4x4 system, with heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 rear axle ratio is standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.
To further enhance the Rubicon’s off-road capabilities it also features Jeep’s electronic sway-bar disconnect system, a crawl ratio of 77.2:1, an Off-Road+ drive mode, and 2.0-inch Fox aluminium shocks.
With an approach angle of 40.7 degrees, break-over angle of 18.4 degrees, departure angle of 25.1 degrees and a ground clearance of 283mm the Gladiator looks the goods on paper.
For those with something to tow, with this powertrain, the Gladiator has a maximum braked towing capacity of 2721kg, well short of the industry-standard 3500kg.
In terms of safety, standard equipment includes autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection, a rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control.
Based on the range-topping Rubicon, the Launch Edition is limited to 100 units nationally priced from $86,450 plus on-road costs.
The Launch Edition features special tailgate badging, 17-inch gloss black wheels, a steel front bumper, body-coloured fender flares, a three-piece body-coloured hard top, a leather-wrapped instrument panel and the lifestyle adventure package as standard. There’s also a selection of exclusive colour options.
Scroll below for the full list of each grade’s equipment highlights.
The Gladiator is available to order now with deliveries set to commence in May.
2020 Jeep Gladiator pricing (excludes on-road costs):
Gladiator Overland - $75,450
Gladiator Rubicon - $76,450
Gladiator Launch Edition - $86,450
Options Packages:
Lifestyle Adventure Package - $3835 (Overland and Rubicon)
Cargo Management Group with Trail Rail System
Lockable Rear Underseat Storage Bin
Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
Spray-In Bedliner
Auxiliary Switch Bank (4 Programmable Switches) 240-Amp Alternator
700-Amp Maintenance-Free Battery
Wireless Speaker – Bluetooth
Premium Paint - $1035
Rubicon Luxury Package - $2535
Black Leather Trim Seats
Body-Colour Fender Flares
Heated Front Seats & Steering Wheel
17-inch Black Wheels with Polished Lip - $975
Rubicon Steel Front Bumper - $1,650
Body-Colour Three-Piece Hard Top - $1,950
Premium Black Sunrider Soft Top  - $3575
Jeep Gladiator equipment highlights:
McKinley Leather Seats with Overland logo
Jeep Selec-Trac Active On-Demand 4x4 system
Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel
18-inch Alloy Wheels
Removable Body Colour Freedom Hard Top Roof
LED Headlights/Taillights/Day-Time Running Lights/Fog Lights
Forward Collision Warning Plus
Body Colour Fender Flares
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Path Detection
Remote Proximity Keyless Entry
9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System
Uconnect 8.4-inch Touchscreen with Navigation
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Rubicon adds
Jeep Rock-Trac Active On-Demand II 4x4 system [4:1 Transfer Case]
Jeep Tru-Lok Front & Rear Locking Differentials
Front Sway-Bar Disconnect
FOX aluminum-bodied 2” diameter shocks [front/rear]
Forward-Facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera
Selectable Tyre-Fill Alert
32” BFGoodrich Off-Road Tyres [255/75R17]
17-inch Alloy Wheels
Launch Edition
Exclusive exterior colour option of Bright White, Diamond Black and Firecracker Red
Launch Edition Tailgate Badge
Leather-wrapped instrument panel with Rubicon red stitching
17-inch Mid Gloss Black Aluminum Wheels
Rubicon Steel Front Bumper
Body-colour Fender Flares
Body-colour 3-Piece Hard Top
Black Leather Trim Seats
Heated Front Seats & Steering Wheel
Lifestyle Adventure Package
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