Detroit Auto Show: Jeep Unveils Newest Gladiator 4×4

Stellantis in Auburn Hills’ Jeep brand debuted the 2024 Jeep Gladiator today at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show Media Day.
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The 2024 Jeep Gladiator Willys, as well as other Gladiator models, made its debut at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show. // Photo by R.J. King

Stellantis in Auburn Hills’ Jeep brand debuted the 2024 Jeep Gladiator today at the 2023 Detroit Auto Show Media Day.

The new 2024 Jeep Gladiator is designed and engineered to provide greater capability, more refinement, new technology, and more standard safety features to a midsize pickup that is both 100 percent truck and 100 percent Jeep.

Jeep Gladiator designers and engineers say they have worked to continue to offer a combination of towing and best-in-class 4×4 payload, Jeep 4×4 capability, open-air freedom, and functionality and versatility.

“The new 2024 Jeep Gladiator epitomizes the power of the Jeep community and how it continues to push for greater capability, advanced technology and more refinement,” says Jim Morrison, senior vice president and head of Jeep brand North America. “The new Gladiator makes the best even better, with a more advanced and comfortable interior with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen and available power seats tested for water fording, more safety and technology, including standard side-curtain airbags, and a fresh exterior with a new seven-slot grille, seven new wheel designs and a windshield-integrated trail-ready antenna.”

The 2024 Jeep Gladiator will be available in Sport, Willys, Mojave, and Rubicon models. Ordering is open now and vehicles will start to arrive in U.S. Jeep dealerships at the end of this year.

According to Jeep, Gladiator delivers unsurpassed towing, best-in-class 4×4 payload and, new for 2024, standard rear locking differential and Off-Road+ on the Willys model. Its features include four advanced 4×4 systems, best-in-class 84:1 crawl ratio standard on Rubicon, water fording of up to 31.5 inches, as well as 4×4 max towing and best-in-class payload, up to 7,700 pounds max towing, and up to 1,725 pounds max payload.

Every Gladiator model’s Trail Rated or Desert Rated badge spec list includes Dana 44 heavy-duty front and rear axles, two-speed transfer case, traction control, tow hooks (two front, up to two rear), four-wheel disc brakes, three skid plates and a minimum tire size of 32 inches.

To earn its Desert Rated badge, the Gladiator Mojave features specially tuned high-performance FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks to optimize handling, ride comfort and bottom-out resistance on high-speed sand runs.

Front and rear external shock reservoirs keep shock fluid cool, preventing shock fade during long runs through the hot desert at high speed. Military-grade suspension fluid maintains performance at extreme temperatures and is the same fluid used in off-road racing shocks.

To protect critical vehicle components while on the trail, including the fuel tank, transfer case and automatic transmission oil pan, all Gladiators use three skid plates, with Mojave and Rubicon models benefitting from rugged steel rock rails for the cab to curtail potential body damage inflicted while out on the trail. Rubicon and Mojave X models also boast steel rock rails for the bed corners.

Using a body-on-frame design and featuring a finely engineered five-link suspension system, the new 2024 Gladiator should deliver capability, refined on-road dynamics, and advanced safety features.

The use of lightweight, high-strength aluminum closures, including the doors, door hinges, hood, fender flares, windshield frame and tailgate, help reduce weight and boost fuel economy. The front and rear full-width high-strength steel track bars are positioned to control lateral movement of the axle with minimal angle change during suspension travel.

The shocks are tuned for optimum balance between on-road handling and legendary off-road capability, delivering ideal ride comfort, body-roll control, and dynamic handling.

The Jeep Gladiator’s standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 pound-foot of torque and features engine stop-start (ESS) as standard equipment. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, essential for off-roading, hauling heavy loads or towing a trailer. For off-road enthusiasts who love a manual transmission, a six-speed manual transmission is standard, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.