Gladiators Are Finally Headed to a Jeep Dealer Near You

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2020 Jeep Gladiator ready for shipment

First truckload of the coveted Jeep Gladiator have been loaded up and are ready for adoption.

In a way, it’s like Christmas morning in slow motion. First, the first-ever Jeep Gladiator rolls off the production line. Then, the press gets to put pre-production models through their paces. Unsurprisingly, the Jeep fan base is losing their minds, pre-ordering all 4,190 Launch Edition models in a single day. And now, after what feels like an eternity, Jeep has finally built enough Gladiators at its Toledo, Ohio plant that it’s loading them up, and beginning to ship them out to dealerships. The wait, at long last, is almost over.

On Friday, April 12, Jeep put the first of its production trucks onto a trailer bound for dealerships, and, as you may have guessed, we’re thrilled. In a brief press release, Jeep, calling the truck ” the most capable midsize truck ever,” announced that it was finally ready for prime time.

2020 Jeep Gladiator ready for shipment

The press release also highlights the positive things the truck has already done, such as necessitated a $273 million investment from FCA into the Toledo plant, and created 329 new full-time jobs there. So while the truck seems destined to be a smash hit, it’s already having a positive effect on the local economy.

Where these early production Gladiator trucks end up is anyone’s guess. Jeep has remained consistent in saying that the first deliveries are scheduled for June, so there’s a good chance that these will end up in showrooms and at local auto shows until then. But if it raises the Gladiator’s profile that much higher, it will all be worth it.

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James Derek Sapienza has worked as a writer and editor in the world of automotive journalism since 2015.

He has a BS in History at SUNY Brockport, with a focus on American popular culture. A fan of the classics with a special interest in German cars, he is a proud owner of a 1991 W124 Mercedes. He is a frequent contributor to Mustang Forums, MBWorld, 5Series, Rennlist, and more.

James can be reached at [email protected]

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