Not just any vehicle can carry the Rubicon name, and not just any vehicle can tackle the challenging Rubicon Trail.
Unless that is a Jeep® vehicle.
Jeep owners and the Jeep brand have tested their driving abilities, and the capabilities of their vehicles, for decades on the renowned 22-mile path that is part road and part trail with large boulders, rocky terrain and enormous granite slabs with steep inclines and sharp drops.
This includes the newest addition to the lineup, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which recently showed off why it’s the “Most Capable Midsize Truck Ever.”
The Gladiators that went on the trail continue a Jeep tradition that dates back to the early days of the commercially produced Jeep Wrangler. In 1953 nearly 150 friends took their Jeep vehicles on the path through the Sierra Nevada Mountains as a way to support the local economy, and it became the first-ever “Jeep Jamboree.”
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. On the Gladiator Rubicon model there’s the Rock-Trac 4×4 system with heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles.
The Rubicon model also offers improved articulation and total suspension travel from a segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect. Scaling any obstacle on the trail is easy with the Gladiator Rubicon’s standard six-speed manual transmission and its crawl ratio of 84.2:1, and 77.2:1 on Rubicon models equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
Skid plates and bars protect critical vehicle components on the Gladiator as it moves along the trail, and on the Rubicon models, there are heavy gauge tubular steel rock rails to curtail potential body damage.
To learn more about the all-new Gladiator, visit Jeep.com.