Our Q&A / FAQ from Jeep Gladiator debut at LA Auto Show

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    #1 Nov 28, 2018
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    What an exciting day it was attending the world debut of the Jeep Gladiator Pickup! While it was exciting, we didn't forget about your questions! Many questions you submitted were answered by the full tech specs and press release, but we managed to get answers for your other questions.

    Here is what we gleaned from speaking with both the Jeep Gladiator's chief engineer and press communications manager.

    Q&A / FAQ

    Q: When will pricing be announced?
    A: Closer to when the vehicle goes on sale in Q2 of 2019

    Q: When should we expect delivery?
    A: Q2 of 2019

    Q: When should we expect the diesel Gladiator?
    A: In 2020 (calendar year)

    Q: What are major mechanical differences between JT Gladiator and JL Wrangler?
    Answer:
    • All new frame
      • Longer and different construction
      • High-strength steel inserts
      • Frame-mounted class 4 trailer hitch with a two-inch receiver and seven-pin trailer connectivity
    • Heavier duty axles
    • Longer wheelbase
    • Longer transmission tunnel
    • Longer brake lines
    • Steel truck bed
    • Unique rear suspension
    • Hydraulic “hydro" mounts between frame and body (tuned to manage energy)
    • Hydraulic “hydro” engine mounts
    • Larger brakes (front brakes identical to Wrangler, but the rears are larger)
    • Different wheels (can handle more payload and towing than factory Wrangler wheels)
    • Gladiator meets SAE J2807 tow test requirements
    • Larger grille openings to allow more cooling
    • Higher wattage fan (800W) to allow more cooling

    Q: Can you tell us more about the Gladiator’s rear suspension?
    A: The rear suspension is unique to the Gladiator. It’s a 5-link suspension like the Wrangler, but borrows the upper control arms, lower control arms and track bar from the 2019 Ram 1500. So the rear suspension is a meld of the Wrangler and Ram 1500 suspensions.

    Q: Will the Gladiator receive exclusive colors? Will any be available at launch?
    A: Yes, exclusive colors will include Hydro Blue, Gobi and Gator. Hydro Blue will be available at launch and the others will be later availability.

    Q: Will there be optional rear locking differential for non-Rubicon models?
    A: Yes

    Q: Is spray on bedliner available?
    A: Yes, it’s available from factory and sprayed in-house at the Toledo plant. It carries a factory warranty for as long as the vehicle warranty.

    Q: Do the different Gladiator models have different towing and payload capacity?
    A: Yes, please see the Gladiator tech specs sheet.

    Q: Does the Gladiator come with an integrated brake controller?
    A: No, it comes standard with an integrated trailer sway controller which helps control vehicle/trailer swaying. If the vehicle senses the back end swaying, ESC will clamp down and control it.

    Q: Will there be a Mopar brake controller unit available?
    A: Yes, there will be a Mopar brake controller module which simply plugs into the factory AUX ports and provides brake controller function.

    Q: Are there any driving comfort improvements made over the JL Wrangler?
    A: Ride quality and steering are both similar to the JL. Several improvements had to be made to achieve this — longer wheelbase, unique rear suspension geometry, shock placement, hydro (hydraulic) mounts between frame and body tuned to manage energy, and engine hydro mounts.

    Q: What size spare tire can be carried under truck bed?
    A: Up to a 35” tire. Anything larger will require modification.

    Q: Will there be a bed extender available?
    A: No bed extender will be available. But, the tailgate in the half-open position does provide some extension and it can support 1800 pounds in this position.

    Other notes:
    • The underseat storage cubby / carrier is removable via four bolts (same bolts as hardtop).
    • Backseats can be locked with a key (using same key as center console and glove compartment).
    • Front facing off-road camera will feature grid lines.
    • There is a Gladiator specific Easter egg ("❤️ 419") in every bed.
     
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    No pricing until Q2 of 2019??

    Thanks for getting all these questions answered, posting the photos and all the other info
     
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    The Tech Specs link for towing information isn't working.
     
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    @JAY, Again thanks for taking the time and putting all of this together!

    I don't know if it was answered but curious if they by chance answered when the late availability colors will be able to be ordered/ when the order banks for the other colors will open as well?
     
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    Sorry I didn't get to specifically ask about ordering dates on the other colors.
     
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    No problem at all, just thought I would ask.
     
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    How does the soft top work in the totally down position?
    Can the tonneau cover be rolled up when the soft top is fully retracted?
    Thank you for putting al this information together and sooo quickly! Super Job!
     
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    Great work @JAY! Really excited to see pricing and get my order in!
     
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    So does this mean an actual locking diff, or are they referencing the limited slip differential here?
     
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    What is the difference between the sun rider top and the premium sun rider top?
     
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    So much great info today! Thanks for keeping is all in the loop. I, for one, couldn't focus on anything else today. I guess I'm a little obsessed.
     
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    Padding- makes it quieter and a little warmer.
     
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    Jay, What is the depth of the cargo bed? They mention all dims except for the “shallow “ depth of the bed itself from top of bedside to the bed floor.

    Thanks!

    Will drool guards be an option?
     
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    Hey Jay, thanks for all your hard work. Can you tell me if the back seat leg room is less than a JL? I have not seen any official cab dimensions yet.
     
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    Backseat leg room is the same as the JL the cabin of the JT is identical to the JL (this excludes the gear box under the seat speaker etc...)
     
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    Several questions here:

    Does anyone know if the sliding rear window has defrost on it? I did not see defrost lines on it.

    For the hard top versions I am wondering if you can stow the removable panels behind the rear seats.

    Does anyone have a picture of a locking hard top toneau cover for the bed of the truck?

    Anyone know where the jack is stowed? Love to see a picture of that.

    Looks like you can’t get navigation on a Sport or a Sport S, correct?

    Does anyone know if it’s a cap less gas filler? I saw a $54,000 regular Wrangler the other day and there was nothing to hold the gas cap to the gas door. So every time you fill up the gas cap had to dangle down and scratch the paint of a $55,000 Jeep.

    And finally does anyone know if the rag top is a power opening top or is it a manually opened top? Thanks for the 411.
     
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    Best in segment 38.3
     
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    I’ll answer what I can:

    Yes, the sliding rear window does appear to have a defrost on it.

    You could probably fit the freedom panels in the back with the seats folded.

    As of now there have not been any locking hard top toneau covers shown, but there will probably be some in the aftermarket.

    The jack seems to be stored underneath the rear seats.

    I’m not sure about the navigaton on the Sport and Sport S.

    I dont think anyone knows about the gas cap yet.

    The soft top is a manually opened top with different parts that you can remove.

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    Hey Jay thanks for that reply and for your pictures. I can clearly see the jack. Just 2 last things. Do you by chance have a picture of the rear drink holders? And do you by chance know if the rear window of the rag top is made of glass or of plastic? I just saw a video which showed that rear window and it looked like glass. Would be great if it was made of glass and has rear defrost on it like many sports cars have. Can’t help but wonder.

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