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Jeep Uses Solar Eclipse to Launch Blacked-Out 2024 Jeep Gladiator

Jeep has a new NightHawk special edition of the 2024 Jeep Gladiator. The NightHawk will have a limited run of just 2,000 Gladiators.

If you were watching the Weather Channel tracking the solar eclipse, today, you might have spotted the new 2024 Jeep Gladiator black NightHawk package. Jeep has put out a blacked-out version of its popular midsize pickup with special wheels and additional off-road gear. The NightHawk package includes 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, body-color hardtop, all-terrain tires, and Dana 44 front and rear axles.

“Today, many of us will witness a celestial marvel, and here, back on Earth, the Jeep brand is marking the occasion with the introduction of the 2024 Jeep Gladiator NightHawk,” said Bill Peffer, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand – North America. “Built from the entry-level Sport model, the new NightHawk package adds both cosmetic and capability enhancements to the 2024 Jeep Gladiator Sport, including new, signature black exterior highlights, rugged all-terrain tires and Dana 44 front and rear axles.”

The NightHawk limited-edition package includes:

  • 20-inch Painted Gloss Black Aluminum Wheels
  • All-Terrain Tires
  • Heavy Duty Dana 44 Front & Rear Axles with 3.73:1 axle ratio
  • Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle
  • Body-color Hard Top
  • Rock Rails
  • Black Bumper Accents
  • Body-color Fender Flares
  • Power Windows & Locks
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Deep Tint sunscreen Windows
  • Power Heated Mirrors

2024 Jeep Gladiator Making News

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The 2024 Jeep Gladiator has been making news a lot recently. As I reported last month, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon High Top Concept was a hit at the 2024 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The concept was designed to push the performance boundaries of the world’s most off-road capable midsize truck even further. The two-tone graphics harken back to the old school 1980’s, but the huge tires definitely draw attention. The Gladiator Rubicon High Top concept rides high on massive new 40x13.5R18 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO3 tires mounted on 18-by-9-inch Satin Black KMC Grenade Crawl beadlock wheels.

Huge JPP flat fender flares provide plenty of off-road clearance.  Dana front and rear axles with matching 5.38:1 gearing and an adjustable air suspension improve any off-road excursion. The  3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, delivers plenty of low-end torque, essential for off-road capability. The Gladiator features a special American Expedition Vehicles bumper and Rock Slide rock rail power steps to make it easier to climb in and out.

Jeep PhotoJeep also debuted a special edition Gladiator for Jeep Beach Week, in Daytona Beach, Florida. That event runs April 19-28, 2024.

I also reported in January that the Gladiator was honored for being the top adventure vehicle by an automotive press group. The Canadian version of AutoTrader chose the 2024 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator as the 'Best Vehicle for Adventure' in its 2024 AutoTrader Awards. This is a repeat win for the popular Wrangler and Gladiator. The Jeeps were honored for “rugged capability right from the factory.”

It appears that 2024 might be the Gladiator’s year to shine, with or without the solar eclipse!

The 2024 Jeep Gladiator NightHawk package is priced U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $5,295. The NightHawk trim can be ordered on all the current exterior paint colors: Anvil (new-for-2024), Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Silver Zynith, Hydro Blue, Bright White and Black. That is in addition to the MSRP of $43,190 for the Gladiator Sport.

Unique Truck in the Midsize Segment

The Gladiator features a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. With its versatile cargo box, the 2024 Jeep Gladiator delivers unsurpassed 4x4 max towing of up to 7,700 pounds and best-in-class payload of up to 1,725 pounds. 

Gladiator was ranked No. 1 for new-vehicle quality among midsize trucks in the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS).

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Mary Conway is a professional automotive journalist and has decades of experience specializing in automotive news analysis. She covered the Detroit Three for more than twenty years for the ABC affiliate, in Detroit. Her affection for the Motor City comes naturally. Her father ran a gas station while Mary was growing up, in Wisconsin.

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