The North American International Auto Show is in Detroit, Michigan, this week and Jeep is showing off its beefed up 2024 Gladiator. The Gladiator is already the most capable off-road midsize truck, but Gladiator is adding some new technology and safety features to add to its bragging rights. The new Gladiator is also getting Jeep’s new seven-slot grille, so it will still closely resemble the Jeep Wrangler.
New Gladiator Models
New for 2024, Jeep is adding two new Gladiator trim levels. The Mojave X and Rubicon X, will expand Gladiator’s lineup with integrated off-road cameras, steel bumpers and leather-trimmed 12-way power adjustable front seats.
New 2024 Jeep Gladiator will have standard first- and second-row side-curtain airbags, standard forward collision warning (Sport S and above) and standard advanced cruise control with stop (Sport S and above).
Not only is the Gladiator getting an all-new instrument panel with best-in-class standard 12.3-inch touchscreen, but the Uconnect 5 navigation system will come preloaded with Jeep Adventure Guides featuring Trails Offroad. The maps include off-road trail guides for the 62 Jeep Badge of Honor trails. Buyers can purchase an upgraded subscription that unlocks 3,000-plus Trails Offroad trail guides.
2024 Jeep Gladiator Built for Off-Roading
Gladiator delivers open-air freedom to the truck segment with its folding windshield, three different roof choices and three door choices, including available half doors and removable doors.
“The new 2024 Jeep Gladiator epitomizes the power of the Jeep community and how it continues to push for greater capability, advanced technology and more refinement,” said Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America. “The new Gladiator makes the best even better, with a more advanced and comfortable interior with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and available power seats tested for water fording, more safety and technology, including standard side-curtain airbags, and a fresh exterior with a new seven-slot grille, seven new wheel designs and a windshield-integrated trail-ready antenna. Combine all of that with its folding windshield, three roof choices, two different door options or taking the doors off altogether, and Gladiator is the only truck in the business that can celebrate this kind of open-air freedom and still do real truck stuff.”
The Jeep Gladiator’s standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features engine stop-start (ESS) as standard equipment. For off-road enthusiasts, a six-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Building On Jeep’s Legacy of Capability
The 2023 Jeep Gladiator was ranked No. 1 for new vehicle quality among midsize trucks in the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). In 2024, the Jeep Gladiator continues to offer up to 7,700 pounds max towing and best-in-class up to 1,725 pounds max payload.
Every Gladiator model’s Trail Rated or Desert Rated badge reflects an unmatched spec list that includes Dana 44 heavy-duty front and rear axles, two-speed transfer case, traction control, tow hooks (two front, up to two rear), four-wheel disc brakes, three skid plates and a minimum tire size of 32 inches.
To protect critical vehicle components while on the trail, including the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan, all Gladiators use three skid plates, with Mojave and Rubicon models benefitting from rugged steel rock rails for the cab to curtail potential body damage inflicted while out on the trail. Rubicon and Mojave X models also boast steel rock rails for the bed corners.
The 2024 Jeep Gladiator will be available in Sport, Willys, Mojave and Rubicon models. Gladiator will be available in nine standout exterior colors, including: Anvil (new), Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Silver Zynith, High Velocity, Hydro Blue, Sarge, Bright White and black. Ordering is open now and vehicles will start to arrive in U.S. Jeep dealerships at the end of this year.
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