With the 2023 North American International Auto Show well underway in Detroit, Stellantis is ready to share its latest news. Like the Wrangler before it, the Jeep Gladiator is getting refreshed for 2024, complete with reworked fascias, updated standard features, and improved safety equipment. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Jeep pickup.
This marks the first major update for the Gladiator since its arrival back in 2019, with Jeep wasting no time reworking the truck’s appearance. The JL’s modern but familiar seven-bar grille was previously adjusted for the 2024 Wrangler, and this truck follows suit. The spacing of the bars is different, with a noticeable lack of any body color in the vertical bars. The entire lineup picks up LED lighting for 2024, as well as an integrated antenna in the windshield. The brand has also added seven new wheel designs for 2024, which support either 32 or 33-inch rubber. Customers will also have nine interior colors to choose from: Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Silver Zynith, High Velocity, Hydro Blue, Sarge, Bright White, Black, and the new Anvil hue.
The 2024 Gladiator will be offered in Sport, Sport S, Willys, Mojave, and Rubicon trims. The new update also brings two additional trim levels to the truck, known as Mojave X and Rubicon X. These even more hardcore packages add a full-time transfer case, modular steel bumpers with integrated off-road cameras, and Nappa leather-trimmed front seats. Those seats are actually powered for the first time in a Gladiator and have been tested to withstand serious water or sand intrusion. The Willys model also comes backed by three different upfit packages provided by AEV, which help transform the truck into a genuinely kitted 4x4. Every 2024 Jeep Gladiator model will also receive side-curtain airbags across both rows, adding a welcome bit of additional safety. Sport S and higher trim levels will also come standard with advanced cruise control and forward collision warning systems.
Stellantis does not give the Gladiator the same breadth of powertrain options as the Wrangler. With the 3.0-liter diesel bowing out after 2023, the 3.6-liter V-6 is the sole powertrain option available for the new Gladiator. The engine provides 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Customers can, of course, opt for an eight-speed automatic if they so choose.
Don’t let the Pentastar’s old-school approach fool you, however, as the Gladiator provides best-in-class payload and towing figures at 1750 and 7700 pounds, respectively. There are four different four-wheel-drive systems on offer across the lineup, allowing customers to select a truck tailored to their favorite type of off-roading. Thanks to Dana 44 axles at both ends, the truck also provides the Jeep performance we’ve come to love. That includes 31.5 inches of water fording capability and 11.6 inches of ground clearance. The truck’s max approach, breakover and departure angles are set at 44.7 degrees, 20.9 degrees, and 26 degrees.
The Gladiator also picks up the reworked interior themes from the updated Wrangler, complete with the larger 12.3-inch infotainment system backed by Uconnect 5. The layout itself is very similar, but the refresh brings some nice features to the table. Most notable among these features is the Adventure Guides featuring Trails Offroad system, which is an integrated trail maps system. The setup serves to replace secondhand trail apps, containing user-updated info on over 3000 trails. Customers will receive a free trial of the program with up to 62 trials on offer, with a subscription service required for the full service. A seven-inch digital gauge cluster is also available on select models, while wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across trims.
Stellantis has yet to share full pricing details related to the updated Gladiator lineup, but don’t expect to wait much longer. The automaker says that the trucks are available to order as of the launch event, with customer models slated to arrive before year’s end. With more mid-size trucks dipping toes into the off-road segment as of late, it should be interesting to see if the Gladiator can retain its rabid fanbase.
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