2020 - Year of The New Jeep Models

There's never been a better time to become a member of the Jeep family. With each year, vehicle sales have been steadily rising, even being the best-selling FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) brand in 2018. This rising trend of record-breaking sales has catapulted Jeep into getting more daring with their designs while reinforcing their beloved existing models. After years of speculation, they're finally introducing a pickup model called the Gladiator. At the same time, they're continuing to expand on what makes the Jeep Wrangler a cult classic. Jeep has a long history of offering something for everyone who enjoys a rugged and powerful off-road vehicle that's still comfortable during the daily commute. From vehicles for backwoods adventurers to busy parents juggling work and family, the 2020 Jeep lineup continues that tradition with a range of exciting models. Let's break down each model and see what's new about it in 2020. We'll start with the newest and most enticing, the long-awaited Jeep Gladiator.

Gladiator

It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. The Jeep Gladiator will be the first Jeep pickup truck since the discontinued Comanche in 1992. Based on the Wrangler platform, this new pickup truck fits right in with the mid-size truck market. Even before its release, it landed the award for best-in-class for towing capacity, pulling a whopping 7,650lbs with a payload capability of 1,600lbs. Similar to its Wrangler roots, it sports removable soft and hard tops, doors, and a folding windshield to feel the summer sun. The bed is five-foot steel with an aluminum tailgate, perfectly meshing toughness while saving weight. A 3.6L V6 engine boasting 285 horsepower will power the pickup, with a later option for a 2.0L Turbo featured in the current Wrangler. Of course, they come standard with all-wheel-drive with heavy-duty axles and locking differentials. This may be the pickup that dethrones Ford and Chevrolet.

Wrangler

In 2018, Jeep updated the Wrangler to its most current variation. 2020 won't see too many changes from this model apart from a few upgrades here and there. This model comes with an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, bringing a touch of modernism to the otherwise rugged vehicle. Take your pick of three different powertrains, including the standard 3.6L V6 with 285hp, a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 270hp, and a 3.0L turbo-diesel V6 pushing 260hp.

Love the Wrangler but want something with better fuel economy? 2020 will introduce the Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid. Jeep still hasn't officially outlined the details of the engine yet, but we speculate it could be similar to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, sporting a 3.6L V6 with a 16-kWh battery pack and electric motors. That system puts out 260 horsepower, which would be a formidable number of ponies in the lighter and sportier Wrangler.

Wrangler Unlimited

Where previous four-door Wrangler Unlimiteds fell in sales due to poor fuel economy and poor aerodynamics, the 2020 model is looking to change it up. The new Unlimited aims to add a diesel powertrain to deliver more power, more torque, and better fuel economy. Alongside the turbo four-cylinder and V6 options, enthusiasts have their pick to fit their lifestyle. This big brother to the original Wrangler roars on both perfectly paved roads and wild off-road adventures. Additionally, Jeep has spruced up the suspension to account for an overall better ride quality on and off the roads. Check out the new eco-diesel version at your local dealer!

Cherokee

Size meets practicability in the new 2020 Jeep Cherokee. The compact SUV offers eight different trim packages and three engine options ranging from a 3.2L V6 producing 271hp to a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder. This mix of suburban cargo hauler and off-road capability make it a great choice for weekend warriors. In a world of compact SUVs, including the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V, the Jeep Cherokee stands tall with additional power, four-wheel-drive, and affordable luxurious stylings.

Grand Cherokee

2020's Grand Cherokee goes out with the old and in with the Alfa Romeo. That's right, Jeep is working with Alfa Romeo to give the new Grand Cherokee the same underpinnings as the Stelvio. This new generation sticks to its roots of a premium SUV with off-roading capabilities, but now with a few more luxurious touches. It's spacious, high-tech, and more than capable on and off the road. While the base model houses an impressive 3.6L V6 boasting 295hp and 260 pounds of torque. Looking for some more ponies under the hood? Jeep doesn't shy away from power. Additional models include a 5.7L HEMI V8 making 360 horses. Finally, for the truly outrageous enthusiasts, an SRT Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, with, and yes, this number is correct, 717 horsepower, making it the fastest SUV currently on the market.

Compass

The Jeep Compass seems to be the rising star of the Jeep lineup. If you're looking for an intro-level compact SUV that's affordable without giving up fun amenities, this is your vehicle. It's decked out in the latest technology, including a 7-inch touchscreen display and infotainment center. 2020 doesn't bring too many changes for the Compass other than improving on an already formidable truck.

Renegade

The smallest SUV in the family, the 2020 Jeep Renegade is an affordable upscale version of its competitors. It comes best-in-class for off-roaders, especially in the four-wheel-drive Trailhawk trim. These Jeeps come in different engine and transmission options to fit your driving preference and budget. 

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