Off-road giants Jeep have presented their first pickup truck in 26 years at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The new gladiator, which is scheduled to go into production next year, is said to be part of an SUV and to be the first truck the company has produced since the 1992 Comanche shut down.
Jeep says the new Gladiator offers its owner the benefits of owning an SUV with the benefit of a flatbed at the rear.
The new Gladiator was unveiled on Wednesday in a spectacular ceremony at the Los Angeles Auto Show
Demonstrations during the ceremony showed a doorless version of the car driving over a stack of logs
"Undoubtedly a truck that's instantly recognizable as a Jeep, the all-new 2020 Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure," said Tim Kuniskis, head of the Jeep brand in North America.
"This unique vehicle is in demand everywhere from our loyal Jeep customers and pickup truck buyers.
"Bundled from a rich and proud heritage of rugged, dependable Jeep trucks, Gladiator combines robust functionality, versatility and functionality, making it the most powerful mid-size truck ever."
With its four doors and a five-foot bed, the gladiator is 31 inches longer than a four-door wrangler. It can carry up to 1,600 pounds or drag 7,650 pounds.
Although the gladiator is based on the current Wrangler, but has a bunk on the back
Buyers can choose between a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine after the vehicle is released
Buyers can opt for a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine or a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine.
Like the Wrangler, the Gladiator will come as a convertible – making it one of the few convertible pickups on the market.
It's still unclear how much the new car will cost, but it will come off the line in the first half of 2019.
Production capacity for the new truck was created by relocating production of the next generation Jeep Wrangler to the north side of the Toledo Assembly Complex as part of a $ 4.5 billion industrialization plan to realign the company's US manufacturing facility and to expand the Jeep and Ram brands, & # 39; reports FCA.
"FCA US invested $ 700 million in upgrading the North plant and added over 700 new jobs to support the production of the new Wrangler."
Tim Kuniskis (pictured), head of Jeep Brand North America, said the car was "undoubtedly a truck and immediately recognizable as a Jeep."
The production will also take place in the same factory as the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio (pictured).