NEW YORK, April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator has been named one of Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2019.
"The all-new Jeep Gladiator is much more than a Wrangler SUV with a bed attached," said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto managing editor. "Gladiator's second row is completely new, with loads of clever storage options. The second-row seats were redesigned to fold down for storage behind, and for seat bottoms to lift up for storage below. The storage bins can be locked, which is important in the wilderness for those who will leave their vehicles unattended perhaps for days.
"Did we mention that every Gladiator is convertible?" Murphy added. "How many midsize pickups in the U.S. have removable tops? Only the Jeep Gladiator."
The Wards editorial staff selected the 10 winners after evaluating 33 vehicles. All contenders for the annual award were completely new or significantly redesigned for the 2019 or 2020 model years. Wards editors scored the vehicles on aesthetics, comfort, fit-and-finish, material quality and ergonomics.
"The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a modern take on authentic Jeep design combining versatility and function in a manner that is clearly inspired by our legendary heritage," said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, FCA. "The Gladiator's rugged interior styling is a subtle balance of premium materials, must-have features and technology that turns the basic daily drive into an adventure. The truck encompasses the spirit of the Jeep brand while checking all the boxes our customers desire."
Wards announced this year's winners at the New York International Auto Show.
All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator
The all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator, the most off-road capable midsize truck ever, builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility and best-in-class towing and 4x4 payload.
Available with three different powertrain combinations and equipped with a versatile cargo box, Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep. Combining traditional Jeep attributes with strong truck credentials, the Jeep Gladiator is a unique vehicle capable of taking passengers and cargo anywhere. A multitude of technology features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety features, such as Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, further Gladiator's appeal.
All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with signature red tow hooks, Rock-Trac® 4x4 system, featuring a two-speed transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio, front and rear heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lok® electric front- and rear-axle lockers, segment-exclusive electronic sway bar disconnect, cab and bed rock rails and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain off-road tires.
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.
The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options.
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