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Toyota HiLux, rival Ford Ranger revealed



MEET American tough new rival Toyota HiLux.

The Jeep took cover from the highly anticipated double Gladiator cabin.

The new horse, based on the iconic Wrangler 4WD, is expected to enter the booming market by 2020 in terms of the best-selling HiLux and Ford Ranger.

It is the first Jeep entry into the segment since 1992 and revives the name Gladiator, which debuted in the 1960s.

"There is a huge demand for this unique vehicle from our loyal Jeep customers

and picking up truck buyers everywhere. Gladiator, born of the rich and proud legacy of hard and reliable jeeps, combines robust utility, versatility and functionality, leading to the most appropriate mid-term truck ever, "says Jeep North America's Tim Kuniskis.

The Jeep has extended the Wrangler pedestal by 787 mm to fit the larger cabin and magazine.

In the true Wrangler fashion, Gladiator will feature both soft and hard-top versions, as well as a tilted windscreen, giving motorists the first experience in the wild.

Power comes from a powerful 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine (212 kW / 353 Nm) that is matched to a six-speed manual or eight-year automatic transmission.

In the market dominated by diesel engines, Toyota and Mitsubishi are the only major players that offer gasoline and both use smaller, four-cylinder units that correspond to two-wheel drive.

The petrol variant will later be coupled with a 3.0 liter (194 kW / 599 Nm) turbo diesel engine coupled with eight speeds. The diesel output makes it the most powerful in its class.

The gasoline version will enter production abroad in 2019 with diesel, which will follow later. At the time Gladiator is coming to Australia, both engines should be available.

All models are all-wheel drive and have a drag capacity of 3500kg and a payload of 725kg that matches most of the mainstream rivals.

The Gladiator also provides some serious terrain potential thanks to a locked differential, a 43.6 degree angle, and a 26 degree deflection angle, along with a depth of up to 760 mm.

The gladiator will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, accessible through a touch screen of 7.0 or 8.4 inches, depending on the specification. Internal buyers have the option of fabric or leather and various internal storage spaces.

Exterier style mirrors the new Wrangler with retro grille and headlight construction.

"Undoubtedly a truck and instantly recognizable as Jeep, the new Gladiator 2020 is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure," says Kuniskis.


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