Auburn Hills-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep and Chrysler brands have unveiled the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave, 2020 Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, and 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. They will all arrive in showrooms this year.
The Jeep Gladiator Mojave is the first vehicle to carry the brand’s new Desert Rated badge. Jeep Desert Rated vehicles offer the most off-road capability and performance for crossing desert and sand environments, according to the automaker. They will arrive in showrooms in the second quarter.
“4×4 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 4×4 capability leadership,” says Jim Morrison, head of the Jeep Brand for FCA North America. “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.”
The 4×4 system, upgrades to suspension, and testing for durability and protection allowed for the development of the sand-ready vehicle. The standard Gladiator Mojave models feature new, 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, front seats with integrated upper bolsters, and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires.
It also offers Jeep Performance Parts step sand slider side rails, a silver skid plate for protection over rugged terrain, best-in-class articulation, up to 1,200 pounds of payload, and up to 6,000 pounds of towing capacity.
The off-road plus button allows drivers to adjust throttle, transmission shift points, and traction control for sand and rock terrains. The drive mode will also feature, for the first time on a Jeep, the ability to lock the rear axle at high speeds while in 4H.
The vehicle’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.
Jeep also is introducing its High Altitude models, new editions of the Wrangler and Gladiator. They are designed to deliver a new level of content combined with Jeep 4×4 capability and a new appearance.
“Our new Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator High Altitude are in direct response to customers who continue to ask for even more luxurious materials, premium content, and technology in two of the most capable vehicles that we’ve ever offered,” Morrison says. “We’ve taken the most capable SUV and midsize pickup on the planet and delivered a pair of truly unique vehicles, inside and out, so there’s clearly no compromise between luxury and capability.”
The models are also expected to arrive in showrooms in the second quarter. They include 20-inch fully painted gloss black aluminum wheels – a first for the vehicles, exterior LED lights, and matching body-color treatments including hardtop, fender flares, exterior mirrors, door handles, a tailgate handle, and front and rear bumpers.
They also have full leather interiors in black and steel gray (late availability). Technology includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with an Alpine premium audio system, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, automatic high-beam headlamp control, GPS, remote proximity keyless entry, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and Parkview rear backup camera.
Colors will include Billet Silver, black, Bright White, Gobi (Gladiator exclusive), Granite Crystal, Ocean Blue (Wrangler exclusive), and Snazzberry (late availability).
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is offering all-wheel-drive capability, Stow ‘n Go seating, and more standard safety features than any other vehicle in the industry. It is expected to be in dealerships in the fourth quarter.
“Through 37 years and more than 15 million minivans sold, Chrysler has defined the minivan segment, and we plan to continue redefining it with the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica,” says Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of passenger cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and FIAT for FCA – North America. “Not only does this new Pacifica look more capable, it is more capable. It delivers more standard safety features than any vehicle in the industry, offers class-leading AWD capability paired with Stow ‘n Go, a new customizable Uconnect 5 system that is five times faster, and you can even take Alexa along for the ride and see into rear-facing child seats with the new FamCAM. We also have the new top-of-the-line Pinnacle model, and Pacifica is still the only hybrid in the segment. Whatever the challenge, Pacifica offers solutions.”
The new Pacifica is the only vehicle to offer all-wheel drive along with Stow ‘n Go seating. The fully automatic all-wheel drive system is the only vehicle in the segment capable of transferring all available engine torque to the rear wheels, and it is able to sense and stop the drive shaft from spinning when all-wheel drive is not required, a class-exclusive feature that improves efficiency and reduces emissions.
It also offers 97 standard safety features, the most in the industry. New LED lights and the pedestrian automatic emergency braking were both offered for the first time in the class as standard equipment. Other features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, rear park assist, adaptive cruise control with full stop, electronic stability control, forward collision warning with full stop, lane departure warning, and eight airbags.
The new Uconnect 5 system will be standard across the Pacifica lineup and is offered for the first time in a North American vehicle. It includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and the system is five times faster than Uconnect 4 and includes Alexa.
The vehicle will be built at the Windsor Assembly Plant, and orders will open in the third quarter. All-wheel drive will also be available on the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Launch Edition, which opens for dealer orders in the second quarter and will begin arriving in dealerships in the same quarter.