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I’m a little torn over Jeep’s Gladiator ad for tonight’s game. While the idea is cool, did Jeep have to destroy a classic to make this spot?

What are your thoughts?

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LIVE: King of the Hammers!

It’s finally here! Live coverage of King of the Hammers 2019 starts tomorrow — Saturday, Feb. 2. Below is a livestream link and coverage schedule. All times are Pacific.

Watch KOH live – click here!

Schedule

Saturday February 2, 2019 
  • Pre Running Full Course
  • 10 a.m. – Mandatory Can AM UTV drivers meeting
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Can AM UTV qualifying on short course
Sunday February 3, 2019 
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Can Am UTV race, presented by HCR
  • 6 p.m. – Kickoff party
  • 7 to 8 p.m. – Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Monday February 4, 2019 
  • Pre-running day
  • 9 a.m. – Qualifying driver meeting for 4WP EMC
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – 4500/4800 qualifying on short course
  • Noon – Vendor show opens
  • 4:30 p.m. – Drivers meeting for 4400 qualifying
  • 5 p.m. – Drivers meeting for shootout
  • 6 to 9 p.m. – Holley EFi Shootout, presented by KMC, King & ASC
Tuesday February 5, 2019 
  • 8 a.m. – 4400 Qualifying on short course
  • Noon to 6 p.m. – 4WP EMC tech and contingency
  • Noon to 8 p.m. – Vendor hours in Hammertown
  • 3:45 p.m. – Awards ceremony for shootout participants
  • 5 p.m. – Qualifying closes
  • 5:30 p.m. – Pit Crew Challenge, sponsored by Pro Eagle, Buggy Whips, Raceline, & Boxo Tools
  • 7 p.m. Drivers meeting, EMC racers
  • 8 to 9 p.m. –  Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Wednesday February 6, 2019 
  • 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. –  4WP EMC Race
  • Noon to 2 p.m. – Toyo Desert Invitational Race tech and contingency
  • Noon to 8 p.m. – Vendor hours in Hammertown
  • 7 p.m. – Drivers meeting for Toyo Desert Invitational
  • 8 p.m. – Volunteer meeting
  • 8 p.m. – King Shocks party
  • 8 to 9 p.m. –  Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Thursday February 7, 2019
  • 8 a.m. – Prologue to Toyo Desert Invitational, presented by Monster Energy
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Toyo Desert Invitational, presented by Monster Energy
  • Noon to 7 p.m. – KOH Tech and contingency
  • Noon to 8 p.m. – Vendor hours in Hammertown
  • 6 p.m. – Volunteer dinner
  • 7 p.m. – Drivers meeting for King of the Hammers Race
  • 7 p.m. – Rigid Industries poker run
  • 8 p.m. – Volunteer meeting
  • 8 to 9 p.m. –  Amsoil After Dark Live Show
Friday February 8, 2019
  • 6 a.m. – Drivers line up, Nitto King of the Hammers, powered by Optima Batteries
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Nitto King of the Hammers, powered by Optima Batteries
Saturday February 9, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m. – Awards ceremony, UTV – KOH – EMC
  • 10:30 a.m. – Genright KOH, The Experience

Gladiator is here!

It’s been a long time coming, but a pickup truck is finally returning to the Jeep stable after being without for more than 25 years. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator debuted at the 2018 LA Auto Show offering class-leading towing and 4×4 payload figures, Jeep-worthy off-road capabilities, a Wrangler-inspired design and a healthy helping of technology features.

Compared to the Wrangler Unlimited, the Gladiator’s new frame is stretched 31 inches with a wheelbase that’s 19.4 inches longer. The suspension consists of a lateral and four longitudinal control arms up front shared with the Wrangler, while the rear rides on a five-link coil suspension exclusive to the Jeep pickup for improved on-road ride comfort.

Read the full story and see more photos here: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2020-jeep-gladiator-wrangler-pickup-la-auto-show/

Hell hath frozen over!

Did you think any body-on-frame vehicle would ever again win Motor Trend‘s SUV of the Year award, let alone a Jeep?

https://www.motortrend.com/news/jeep-wrangler-2019-suv-of-the-year/

Houston, we have a pick-up!

Thanks to an apparent miscue by Jeep’s digital team, images and information regarding the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pick-up truck have leaked for the world to see!

Gladiator will arrive at dealer lots by April with a five-foot bed, traditional Jeep hard and soft tops and class-leading payload capacity. At least two trim levels will be offered, a luxury-minded Sahara-like trim and an off-road-oriented Rubicon variant.

We reported yesterday Jeep’s long-awaited truck will not be called Scrambler. I could be way off base in saying so, but I can’t help but wonder if a surprise announcement involving that name might be coming somewhere down the line. Time will tell.

See more photos and get full details here: http://www.fourwheeler.com/news/1811-2020-jeep-gladiator-pickup-leaked-early/