The 2020 Jeep Gladiator won the coveted North American Truck of the Year award announced this morning at the TCF Center in Detroit. This comes on the heels of FCA winning the 2019 award with the All-New 2019 Ram Pickup.
Although the Gladiator is all new, it’s actually a resurrection of the nameplate that was originally introduced in 1962 for a 1963 model year. The original Gladiator included a narrow version called the “Thriftside”, a wide version called “Townside” and came in Stake Bed, Chassis or Cab or Chassis with Camper configurations. The Gladiator stayed till ’71, at which point the name was changed to J Series and ran until Jeep pickups were discontinued in 1987. Jeep fans have been clamoring for a pickup for years, and now that it’s here, it’s been well received, selling over 40,000 units in 2019, being on sale for just over half the year.
The 2020 North American Truck of the Year was judged by 50 auto experts from the US and Canada and is considered to be among the most prestigious awards in the industry. The judges consider design, safety, handling, value and innovation among other attributes. This is the 26th year of the awards.
The Jeep Gladiator is available in the Rhode Island area at Elmwood CDJR in East Providence RI.