Is there anything interesting about its design?
The Jeep Gladiator has to be the most intriguing looking ute in the mid-size segment.
From some angles, it pulls of its plus-sized dimensions quite well. This is a ute that stretches 5539mm long, rides on an enormously lengthy 3487mm wheelbase, and is 1875mm wide, while the height depends on the roof fitted and whether it’s the Rubicon or not: the standard soft-top model is 1907mm while the Rubicon is 1933mm tall; the regular hard-top version 1857mm tall and the Rubicon hard top is 1882mm. Suffice to say, all of these trucks are big boned.
It’s huge. Bigger than a Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Isuzu D-Max or Mitsubishi Triton. In fact, it’s not far short of a Ram 1500 in length, and that division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has had a lot to do with the Jeep Gladiator under the skin.
Things like a strengthened chassis, essentially carryover five-link rear suspension, and a number of other design smarts - things like wider slats on the grille to allow better cooling because it’s designed with towing capability in mind, plus even a grille washing system and a forward-view camera with a washer system in case it gets covered in mud. Like our test vehicle’s did.
In truth it has all the Wrangler-ness you could want - there’s a folding soft top, a removable hard top (both of which are still to be confirmed for Australia, but both are likely to be optionally available) or a fixed roof. Plus you can rip the doors off or drop the windscreen down for a real open air experience.
And there are some really playful elements to the design, as well. Things like the imprinted dirt bike tyre treads in the headboard of the spray-in tub liner, plus easter eggs like the 419 area code stamp which denotes the Gladiator’s place of origin - Toledo, Ohio.
There is set to be an extensive range of Mopar accessories available for the Gladiator - things like steel front bumper with winch, a sports bar for the tub, roof racks, tray racks, LED lights and maybe even a genuine bullbar could be offered.
And when it comes to tub dimensions, the length is competitive at 1531mm long with the tailgate shut (2067mm with the tailgate down - theoretically long enough for a pair of dirt bikes), while the width is 1442mm (with 1137mm between the wheelarches - meaning an Aussie pallet - 1165mm x 1165mm - still won't fit, just like most other dual cabs). The load floor height is 845mm at the axle, and 885mm at the tailgate.
The interior has its fair share of design flare, too - and we’re not just talking about the Willys Jeep motifs on the shifter and the edge of the windscreen. Check out the interior pics to see for yourself.