When the brand-new Jeep Gladiator was unveiled last year at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, pictures and videos of the Wrangler-inspired pickup truck surfaced and immediately took the internet by storm. At the time, the Gladiator was simply a fun vehicle to look at, as little information had been released about interior and exterior features. A year and almost 25,000 vehicle sales later, we’re now able to see exactly what this model is all about – and it’s nothing short of impressive.
Safety can be a concern for drivers who prefer to travel with their vehicle doors removed. Luckily, Jeep has provided a solution for this issue specifically. The lockable storage bin is stored under the Gladiator’s driver’s seat as a secure place to keep valuables when leaving your truck unattended.
The Jeep Gladiator’s 4,500-pound towing capacity makes it a great option for those looking to take their large boats or travel trailers on cross country adventures. Maintaining control of both can be challenging when traveling at highway speeds or engaging turns and curves. With the Trailer Sway Control System, brake pressure is automatically applied to individual wheels of the Gladiator to get your trailer back in line.
When driving the Gladiator, its long, rear bed creates larger blind spots that you may not be used to, especially as a longtime Wrangler owner. The Blind Spot Monitor’s radar-based technology detects vehicle traveling in areas outside your field of vision. This is super helpful when climbing the learning curve associated with transitioning from driving a compact SUV to a midsize pickup truck.
Parking doesn’t need to involve guesswork anymore. Park Assist by Parksense® uses a network of sonar sensors located in the rear bumper to detect any oncoming obstacles or vehicles when parallel parking and backing into parking spots. Utilize this technology to guide you as soon as you shift into reverse to ensure your Gladiator is aligned properly.
Plug your phone in and gain instant access to dozens of on demand apps, as well as voice control. Apple Play and Android Auto automatically turns the Gladiator’s infotainment system into a dedicated iOS or Android controller. This way, you’re able to listen to your favorite tunes on your preferred music app while receiving turn by turn navigation software like Google Maps utilizing the Gladiator’s 8.4-inch touchscreen display.
Every adventure has a soundtrack. Whether it’s the serene sound of waves crashing against the beach or your favorite artist’s newest album, the Gladiator’s water-resistant Bluetooth unplugs to provide a portable source of music wherever you go.
Following the Gladiator’s Auto Show debut, many were curious if the new model would successfully live up to the hype. With pickup truck sales heavily dominated by Ford, Dodge, and GMC, few believed that there was any piece of the pie left for the beloved car manufacturer we all know and love. Unsurprisingly, our community of die-hard loyalists has thrusted the Gladiator into the spotlight, with critics raving about the innovation Jeep has introduced into the market. It is safe to say that the Jeep Gladiator is here to stay!
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