It was launched in November 2018 and started to make a name for its capabilities. The last time when Jeep used the Gladiator name was in 1972 when it discharged the J-Series Pickup. In 2018, the Jeep put that name on a pick-up based on the Jeep Wrangler JL.
Its look created some controversies. In a world dominated by fluid lines and with bodyworks created by wind-tunnels, the Gladiator had a boxy design. Its brutal straight lines and flat panels was a controversy.
It had 49 cm (19.2”) longer wheelbase than the Jeep JL Wrangler on which it is based and it is 79 cm (31.1”) long. In the end, was not just a Wrangler with a tray on the back. The longer wheelbase made more room for the rear passengers. But it took some features from the JL range, such as the removable doors and roof, plus the doors. The rear doors looked like they belonged to another car and the rear-lower cut is off-shape.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator offered the proven 3.6-liter V-6 engine at launch and added a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine in 2020. The transmission was either a 6-speed manual as standard and an 8-speed automatic as an option. The transfer case had a 2.71:1 low-range gear ratio for the Sport and Overland trim levels and a 4.1:1 for the top trim Rubicon.