Jeep Gladiator 2020 video review: How good off-road is the new Jeep pickup?

Jeep’s latest pick-up truck promises the go-anywhere ability of a Wrangler, plus the practicality and towing ability of a flat-bed. How will it cope in the wilds of New Zealand?

For decades since the 1940s, Jeep made a pickup truck. And then, all of a sudden in the early 1990s, it didn’t.  But now the new Jeep Gladiator is here to change all that. 

Like a mullet (remember: business at the front, party at the back, ’80s haircut fans) the Gladiator is a Wrangler for its front half, but features a chassis and body which is extended to allow a 1.5m by (nearly) 1.5m load bed at the back of it. It’s a mid-size pickup (if you’re in the US) and a big pickup in most other places, making it a true rival for the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok.

Despite the lengthening to chassis and wheelbase, Jeep says the new Gladiator remains a truly exceptional off-road vehicle. To that end, then, it’s most like a Ford Ranger Raptor – which has extraordinary off-road credentials and ability. Join Autocar as we find out more about just how good the Jeep Gladiator is off-road.


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