At the Chicago Auto Shop, Jeep announced the Gladiator Mojave, the first to carry the Mojave Badge- newly minted Desert Rated badge- and it looks impressive.
Jeep is an American motor manufacturer, which has been there since World War II. Jeep has been making SUVs and troop carriers for the US Military during World War II and after the war ended, Jeep started to make SUVs for the consumer market. Jeep has been making robust off-road vehicles for the past 80 years. The Gladiator is the mid-size pickup truck from the brand, and it is the successor of the Jeep Comanche. The Jeep Gladiator is one of the best mid-size pickup trucks in the market. Now Jeep Gladiator is getting a limited Desert Rated edition.
Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America said, “4x4 capability has always been the foremost pillar of the Jeep brand and the new Gladiator Mojave is a natural extension of our legendary Trail Rated 4x4 capability leadership, Jeep Gladiator is already the most capable midsize pickup on the planet and, with the addition of the new Mojave model, we are delivering our most passionate customers a new level of capability with the ability to master high-speed desert and sand terrains.”
As everyone might know, Mojave is the driest desert in North America, and the Gladiator Mojave is built to conquer the Mojave Desert. The idea behind the Mojave edition is similar to that of the Trail Rated Badge. If a Jeep has a Trail Rated badge, it means it is a serious off-road. Now Jeep is adding a new badge, the Desert Rated. It is for the Jeeps that are ready to tackle the harshest desert and sandy dunes.
How Desert Rated is the Jeep Gladiator Mojave?
Jeep has equipped the Gladiator Mojave with a specially-Tuned FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a reinforced frame, a one-inch front suspension lift with a silver front skid plate, stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles, aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain tires. Along with a renowned 4x4 system with significant suspension upgrades and extensive testing over harsh sand and desert terrain for vehicle durability and protection. All of these standard features enable the Gladiator Mojave to become the Jeep’s first Desert Rated vehicle.
Jeep has done extensive tests in five categories: Ride Control and Stability, Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability, and Desert Prowess.
Ride Control and Stability: With a groundbreaking desert-tuned suspension, Gladiator Mojave tackles undulating desert terrain with uncompromising control and comfort
Traction: By strategically managing and delivering power, Gladiator Mojave conquers unpredictable surfaces such as sand, gravel and loose dirt with confidence
Ground Clearance: Maximized running clearances with an optimized suspension allow Gladiator Mojave to crest dunes, blast through whoops and anything else the desert can throw at it
Maneuverability: Nimble and responsive handling allows Gladiator Mojave to become an extension of the driver when swiftly navigating desert terrain and climbing extreme angles
Desert Prowess: Tested and proven to withstand the intense heat, coarse sand, loose gravel, and intrusive dust that accompany unforgiving desert environments
What’s under the Hood of this Gladiator?
The Jeep Gladiator Mojave is powered by the 3.6 Liter Pentastar V6 engine, the V6 produces 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is tuned to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, which is an essential trait for a desert off-roader. The Pentastar V6 is mated to a 6-Speed manual transmission as standard, it also comes with an optional 8-Speed Automatic. The 6-Speed manual boasts an impressive 57.3:1 crawl ratio and 54.6:1 for the 8-Speed.
The interior of the Gladiator Mojave gets an upgrade. The Mojave edition features aggressive front seats with an integrated upper bolster to hold occupants comfortably in place. It also comes with leather seats and steering wheels. The exterior of the car also gets the off-road treatment, the car features a one-inch front suspension lift, 17-inch wheels, and the jeep and sand sliders. The Mojave Edition gets a forward-facing off-road camera, which allows you to easily see the obstructions in the desert.
Ford has proven that there is a niche market for Desert racing Trucks with their F-150 Raptor, and now Jeep has thrown their hat into the mix with the Gladiator Mojave. Jeep is also giving its Gladiator a leg in the mid-size pickup trucks, now the Gladiator can take on the likes of Ford Ranger Raptor, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. Jeep has always made off-road slayers, and there is no doubt that the new 2020 Gladiator Mojave will be one of them.