New Jeep Gladiator Makes Detroit Debut

Unveiled at the 2023 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the forthcoming 2024 Jeep Gladiator enhances its renowned off-road functionality with improved capabilities, heightened refinement, technological innovations, and an expanded suite of safety features. Positioned as an instrument for outdoor exploration and adventure, the Gladiator remains a favorite among a dedicated community of enthusiasts.

Jeep Gladiator Models

Version Options and Availability

The 2024 Gladiator will be offered in multiple configurations: Sport, Willys, Mojave, and Rubicon. Interested buyers can place orders now, with the vehicles slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships by the close of the year.

Unparalleled Off-road Capabilities

The new Gladiator sets a new benchmark in off-road capability among midsize trucks. Distinct features like unparalleled towing capacity, industry-leading payload, and new standard rear locking differential and Off-Road+ in the Willys model enhance its off-road prowess. Specifically designed for challenging terrains—ranging from Moab’s rock formations to the Rubicon Trail’s rough pathways—the Gladiator builds upon Jeep’s iconic 4×4 systems. These include four state-of-the-art 4×4 transfer cases, unrivaled crawl ratios, advanced water fording capacities, and uncompromising approach and departure angles.

The Gladiator’s Trail Rated or Desert Rated badges attest to its comprehensive features, from Dana 44 heavy-duty axles to two-speed transfer cases and traction control systems. Additional elements include multiple tow hooks, four-wheel disc brakes, skid plates, and a minimum tire size of 32 inches.

Model-Specific Off-Road Features

For the Rubicon model, comprehensive off-road features such as Rock-Trac transfer cases, electronic sway-bar disconnect, front and rear Tru-Lok lockers, and heavy-duty Dana 44 axles make it a formidable machine for tackling treacherous terrains.

The Mojave version caters to high-speed desert running, incorporating Command-Trac transfer cases, FOX shocks with reservoirs, 1-inch front suspension lift, and other features that optimize it for sandy and hot conditions.

Jeep Gladiator Interior

Technological Advancements and Upgraded Interiors

Inside the cabin, the Gladiator offers an amalgamation of cutting-edge technology and luxurious comfort. A new 12.3-inch touchscreen serves as the centerpiece, running the fifth-generation Uconnect 5 system, which is five times faster than its predecessor and supports over-the-air updates. The system is fully customizable and supports everything from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Enhanced Safety Measures

Safety is paramount in the new Gladiator, with over 85 active and passive safety features, including newly standard first- and second-row side curtain airbags. Advanced systems like forward collision warning and blind-spot detection are also available, reinforcing the vehicle’s commitment to passenger safety.

Iconic and Updated Design

Maintaining its iconic Jeep aesthetic, the 2024 Gladiator incorporates a revamped grille and new wheel designs. The vehicle also offers multiple options for open-air freedom, with a variety of door, top, and windshield combinations to tailor your outdoor experiences.

Built-in Off-road Guidance

Through its collaboration with Trails Offroad, Jeep now offers built-in trail guides displayed on the Uconnect 5 Nav system, detailing information on renowned trails like the Rubicon Trail. An optional premium subscription provides access to a broader database of over 3,000 trails, all rated and updated continuously to provide the latest insights to adventurers.

New Jeep Gladiator

The 2024 Jeep Gladiator aims to set new standards in off-road capabilities while offering a balanced package of technology, safety, and design. With multiple versions to suit various off-road requirements and technological advancements that make it a competent and safe vehicle, the Gladiator is engineered for those who seek both performance and versatility.

Jeep Gladiator Rear

Addendum: Model Information

The 2024 Jeep Gladiator raises the bar in terms of standard equipment, offering an array of features across its diverse model lineup. Starting with the base model, Sport, the Gladiator features a 12.3-inch touchscreen radio, a premium soft-top, and Gray Soul fabric for the IP mid bolster. The upgraded version, the Sport S or Sport+, adds to this with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Gorilla Glass windshield, 17-inch aluminum wheels, along with power windows and door locks.


If you opt for the Willys, which could be considered as an enhancement of the Sport S model, you get 32-inch mud-terrain tires, steel rock rails, rear-locking differential, Off-Road+ mode, trailer tow and programmable auxiliary switches, as well as LED lamps for both the front and fog lights. The Mojave version, another upgrade from the Sport S, comes equipped with LED lamps for the front, rear, and fog lights, 33-inch all-terrain tires, and steel rock rails. It also features a selectable high-speed rear-locking differential, high-clearance black fender flares, off-road Dana 44 axles, and a performance hood with a center scoop. The interior includes a sport steering wheel, a 7-inch TFT cluster, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. For off-roading capabilities, FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with reservoirs and FOX front hydro jounce bumpers are added, along with a 1-inch front suspension lift, Off-Road+ mode, and trailer tow and programmable auxiliary switches.

Mojave X

The Mojave X, which builds upon the Mojave, enriches the driving experience with 12-way power adjustable front seats, a 12.3-inch digital touchscreen with navigation, a nine-speaker premium Alpine audio system, and Nappa leather seats. Comfort during cold weather is assured by heated seats and a heated steering wheel. For parking convenience, the model includes ParkSense rear park-assist system and Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection. Aesthetic upgrades include steel front and rear bumpers, integrated front off-road camera, body-color fender flares, and a hardtop with a headliner, as well as an integrated Bluetooth speaker. For performance, the Mojave X incorporates a Selec-Trac full-time transfer case.

Rubicon Models

For those eyeing the Rubicon or Rubicon+, both are based on the Sport S but with numerous off-road enhancements. They come standard with LED lamps for the front, rear, and fog lights, trailer tow and programmable auxiliary switches, off-road Dana 44 axles, and Rock-Trac part-time transfer case. The Rubicon models also feature an electronic front sway-bar disconnect, 33-inch all-terrain tires, steel rock rails for the cab and box, and a steel rear bumper. They offer selectable front and rear locking differentials, dual vented hood, high-clearance black fender flares, proximity keyless entry, a 7-inch TFT cluster, and dual-zone automatic temperature control. Off-Road+ mode adds an extra layer of performance.

The Rubicon X takes all these features and adds 12-way power adjustable front seats, a 12.3-inch digital touchscreen with navigation, a nine-speaker premium Alpine audio system, Nappa leather seats, heated seats and steering wheel, ParkSense rear park-assist system, Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, a steel front bumper, integrated front off-road camera, body-color fender flares and hardtop with headliner, an integrated Bluetooth speaker, and a Rock-Trac full-time transfer case.

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Photos courtesy of Stellantis.

Matt Keegan
Author: Matthew Keegan
Matt Keegan is a journalist, media professional, and owner of this website. He has an extensive writing background and has covered the automotive sector continuously since 2004. When not driving and evaluating new vehicles, Matt enjoys spending his time outdoors.

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