Jeep's Wrangler ute leaks
Jeep looks set to bring its serious off-road ability and open-top motoring to the ute market with its long-anticipated dual-cab pickup.
What appears to be official images and information leaked onto the web this week, ahead of an official unveiling at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show, apparently confirming the Gladiator name for the new model.
A post on the Jeep Gladiator Forum website shows several angles of the new Wrangler-based ute that were reportedly posted on the official Fiat Chrysler media website before being taken down.
The leaked images and information look to have confirmed several long-expected elements of the new ute, including the choice of Jeep’s classic Wrangler soft-top bodystyle. That will give Jeep a unique selling point in the highly competitive dual-cab ute market, currently dominated by the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.
There will also be two hard-top versions of the Gladiator for those who prefer a more solid pickup.
At the rear there is a 152cm long steel tray with integrated tie-down points. According to the unofficial specifications list, the Gladiator will have a 3500kg towing capacity but only a 725kg payload.
It will also have Jeep’s trademark off-road prowess with Command-Trac and Rock-Trac all-wheel drive system incorporating Dana 44 axles and front and rear electric axle lockers. It will also reportedly have a Trac-Lok limited slip differential and an electronic sway bar disconnect, that the company claims is unique in the ute segment.
Other details revealed in the document including it will ride on 33-inch off-road tyres and have a 76cm water fording depth.
Under the bonnet will be a choice of two engines, a 3.6-litre V6 petrol with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic and a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, exclusively mated with the automatic. However, the diesel powertrain won’t be available until 2020 in the US.
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