Jeep has revealed the Gladiator Mojave flagship pick-up at this year’s Chicago motor show, described as “the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance in sand environments”.
As the first vehicle in the brand’s line-up to wear the ‘Desert Rated’ badge, a step up from the off-road ‘Trail Rated’ moniker of the Trailhawk variants of models such as the Grand Cherokee and Compass, the Gladiator Mojave gains Fox shocks suspension – the same brand used in the Ford Ranger Raptor.
With the new dampers fitted, a reinforced frame, one-inch front suspension lift, front skid plate, reinforced axles with cast-iron steering knuckles, Jeep Performance Parts side steps and 33-inch Falken all-terrain tyres wrapped around 17-inch wheels are also added to aid in off-road performance.
Inside, the front seats gain more bolstering and are finished in leather and cloth with orange stitching and embroided Mojave logos, while the front bonnet wears a unique decal.
An ‘Off-Road Plus’ button will tweak the throttle, transmission and traction settings to maximise performance on sandy terrain, as well as low-speed rock crawling.
Powering the Gladiator Mojave is a carryover 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine, outputting 213kW/353Nm. Both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic are available with the engine.