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Jeep Unveils the 2024 Gladiator: A Midsize Truck Redefined for Off-Road Dominance

At the 2023 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Jeep brand introduced the 2024 Gladiator. This latest iteration of the Gladiator is billed as a testament to Jeep’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of capability, technology, and refinement. Jeep expands the Gladiator family with two new models, the Mojave X and Rubicon X.

These variants come equipped with integrated off-road cameras, steel bumpers, and Nappa leather-trimmed 12-way power-adjustable front seats, adding a touch of luxury to the ruggedness. Jeep’s off-road heritage is evident in the Gladiator’s trail-rated and trail-ready capabilities. Equipped with advanced 4×4 systems, best-in-class crawl ratios, impressive water fording capabilities, and exceptional approach and departure angles, Jeep has promised that the Gladiator is engineered to conquer the most challenging terrains.

The Gladiator comes with a powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-foot of torque, this will be the only engine available across the range. Likewise, standard across the range will be a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. With the standard six-speed manual transmission, the Gladiator boasts a best-in-class crawl ratio of up to 84:1, and with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission, the Gladiator offers a crawl ratio of up to 77:1. Three different transfer cases will be on offer, depending on which model you choose.

The 2024 Gladiator flaunts its Jeep DNA with an iconic seven-slot grille and a windshield-integrated stealth antenna, and the truck’s exterior showcases seven all-new wheel designs, adding a touch of personalization. What truly sets the Gladiator apart from the rest of the off-road market is its open-air freedom, offering a folding windshield, three roof options, and various door choices, including half doors and removable doors. With a range of exterior colors, including the new Anvil, the Gladiator can be tailored to suit any adventurer’s style. But please, whatever you do, do not subject the general public to the shocking luminous yellow slathered on the Jeep in the promo video!

Jeep claims that their engineers have taken capability to new heights with the 2024 Gladiator. It boasts unsurpassed 4×4 max towing, with the capacity to pull up to 7,700 pounds, and its best-in-class payload capability means it can handle up to 1,725 pounds of cargo.

Inside the Gladiator, you’ll find a refined interior loaded with technology and amenities. The available 12-way power-adjustable front seats ensure comfort during long journeys. The centerpiece of the cabin is the Uconnect 5 system, featuring a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Safety is paramount, with standard first- and second-row side-curtain airbags, forward collision warning, and advanced cruise control.

The 2024 Gladiator introduces Jeep Adventure Guides featuring Trails Offroad, providing comprehensive off-road trail guides directly accessible through the Uconnect 5 Nav system. This integration enhances the off-road experience, offering guidance for over 62 Jeep Badge of Honor trails. An optional subscription unlocks access to a catalog of 3,000-plus trail guides, ensuring adventurers are always well-informed.

Safety is paramount in the 2024 Gladiator, with over 85 available active and passive safety and security features. Newly standard are first and second-row side curtain airbags, complementing standard front airbags and side airbags. Forward collision warning, advanced cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-path detection are also available, ensuring occupants are protected on and off the road.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed; the current MSRP starts at $38,775, according to the official Jeep website.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell