The Wrangler-based pickup truck is still far away from the production facilities. However, we managed to find out almost everything about the upcoming vehicle. First of all, the truck won’t be named the Wrangler at all, and second, it’s going to be introduced late next year as the 2019 Jeep Gladiator. The latest spy shots are maybe hiding the actual exterior and interior design, but they are revealing some pretty interesting details regarding the suspension.
2019 Jeep Gladiator: Suspension and Design
The majority of off-road SUVs are based on trucks, but this time things come otherwise. Jeep’s future pickup truck will share the architecture and lots more with the next generation Wrangler. This particular model shows the identical suspension system that employs front and rear solid axles, as well as the rear axle with coil-sprung. Unlike the SUV sibling that features tailgate-mounted spare tire, the pickup truck is using a completely different place. In case you didn’t notice, the spare tire is positioned beneath the bed, which is basically the usual location for trucks.
Like we said earlier, the exterior design of the 2019 Jeep Gladiator is still completely camouflaged. This prevents us from seeing the details of the interesting truck. However, it’s quite obvious that the wrapped front-end styling features Wrangler’s face. There a pronounced front bumper and rounded LED headlights, while you can also expect a distinctive seven-slat grille and hooks. In addition, the prototype reveals a four-door design, which means that the truck comes with Crew Cab configuration. Of course, the truck gets stretched wheelbase from the SUV sibling, but the footprint implies that we are looking into the mid-size pickup.
Jeep’s engine department will not skip the chance to offer the best option that currently has. However, regardless of the fact that some rumors suggest otherwise, don’t expect anything radical such as a hybrid drivetrain. No, the hybrid Gladiator won’t come, at least not right away. Instead, the 2019 Jeep pickup truck will offer two gasoline and one diesel option.
The most potent option should be an all-new 2.0-liter Hurricane unit. The four-cylinder mill is capable of delivering around 300 horsepower. We can bet that you already know what’s going to be the second gasoline option. Well, it will be an upgraded version 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which chunks out up to 295 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. The only oil-burner will be an ultra-efficient 3.0-liter Eco Diesel that currently delivers 240 ponies and 420 lb-ft of twist. As we have heard, the carmaker plans to upgrade the diesel, so it might add a few extra horses. In any case, all options will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Estimated Price and Arrival
The 2019 Jeep Gladiator will hit the U.S. dealerships in early 2019. There is nothing official regarding the starting price of the interesting truck, but we are pretty sure it’s going to start from around $25,000.