A throwback and an upstart meet in L.A.
LOS ANGELES — Two midsize pickups roll into an auto show.
One is as old school as they come: big wheels, body-on-frame, retro styling, round headlights, square taillights, even hood clips helping to cover a V-6 and a traditional transmission — a rolling paean to nostalgia.
The other is all visionary, but with potential: big wheels, futuristic styling, a giant battery pack hooked into four powerful electric motors — a thoughtful study of what pickups would look like in a world that had never heard of fossil fuels.
If all goes as planned, within a couple of years, these two midsize pickups, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and the Rivian R1T, due in late 2020, might square off on some rocky trail and perhaps prove who the real trail boss is.
But until that day, whenever these two roll into the same auto show, well have to stick to comparing them on paper.
Jack Walsworth contributed to this report.