Jeep officials have confirmed that Australia will get an entry-level Gladiator, priced about $65,000 before on-road costs, before the end of 2020.
The Sport S will come in under the current entry-level Gladiator Overland, which is $75,450, as well as the Rubicon and Launch Edition, priced at $76,450 and $86,450 respectively.
The cheaper Gladiator will also better position it against dual-cab versions of the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Mitsubishi Trion, Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max, which are all powered by diesel engines.
Jeep’s Gladiator, however, will not be available with a diesel powertrain, and instead is powered exclusively by a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine, producing 213kW at 6400rpm and 353Nm at 4400rpm, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Specification for the Sport S grade is yet to be revealed, however expect to see less equipment than the Overland, which comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, Overland-branded seats, and Jeep’s Selec-Trac Active On-Demand 4x4 system.