Jeep Gladiators Battle It Out at SEMA 2019
All the 2020 Jeep Gladiators we could find at the SEMA Show 2019
Jeep Gladiators were everywhere at SEMA 2019, battling one another for position in brutal almost war-like aggression. They filled the arena by the dozens, jostling, tugging, and pushing back and forth in a titanic struggle for superiority to see which would be the best. The crowd cheered, jeered, and shouted in an effort to bolster the courage of their favorites and unnerve the opponents. At any moment, we expected Caesar to stand and bring the crowd of spectators and the arena full of combatants to a halt.
Not really. It was the SEMA 2019 Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And we were walking the many halls of the gigantic Convention Center looking for 2020 Jeep Gladiator builds of all types. It's fairly common practice for the off-road and truck manufacturers (and there are hundreds of them attending the show to display their latest md greatest parts, accessories, and upgrades) to get whatever is the hottest new vehicle of the year and use that as a rolling billboard for their new parts. In 2018 it was the all-new Jeep JL Wrangler, but this year it was the new and category disrupting 2020 Jeep JT Gladiator pickup truck.
This was also the year that overlanding came to SEMA, and we mean in a big way. Yoda would say, "The overlander build is strong with this one." There were Jeep Gladiators with 40-inch tires on 20-inch wheels, there were Jeep Gladiators with 4 inches of suspension lift, and there were Jeep Gladiators with 6 or more inches of lift. There were Jeep Gladiators with "nose jobs" like the one with YJ headlights in its grille, and there were a couple with re-pops of "classic" old slant-back Jeep Gladiator grilles. There were red ones, blue ones, and green ones. Some were outfitted for overlanding. Let's be honest—most of them at the 2019 SEMA Show were overlanding builds. That's what happens when the popularity of a certain style of off-road activity (overlanding) is on the rise at exactly the same time a vehicle perfect for overlanding hits the market.
The 2019 SEMA Show proved that this was the Year of the Jeep Gladiator. Check out our gallery of photos of every Jeep Gladiator we could find at the 2019 SEMA Show.