A rugged and capable drive built on heritage

Lyna Mohammad

Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, the Jeep brand is known for authentic SUVs with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people seeking extraordinary journeys. Jeep delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles continuing to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Rubicon spec, which is available for both the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator, is great for hardcore off-roading, climbing steep hills and going through roads with 60 degree cliffs.

The all-new Gladiator finally emerged from the shadows, after years of anticipation and speculation, as the first Jeep pickup truck in nearly 30 years, and has been named the 2020 North American Truck of the Year by a panel of automotive experts.

Engineered from the ground up to be the most capable Jeep truck ever, the Gladiator builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility.

It offers legendary 4×4 capability, an authentic design built on rich Jeep truck heritage, clever functionality and versatility, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, open-air freedom as well as a load of safety features and intuitive technology.

Apart from being the most capable Jeep truck ever, the Gladiator also offers the most off-road capable midsize truck yet and is equipped with a 3.6L V6 with eight-speed Torqueflite 850RE Auto and 280 HP.

The Jeep Gladiator and Jeep Wrangler. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
The interior of the Jeep Gladiator

Available with three different powertrain combinations and equipped with a versatile cargo box, a best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload, this rugged looking Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep and with combined traditional Jeep attributes and strong truck credentials. It is a unique vehicle capable of taking passengers and cargo anywhere.

Picking up where the brand’s last cargo-bed-carrying model—the Comanche—left off in the early ‘90s, the all new Gladiator cargo bed offers a 1,600-pound capacity making it able to carry most of what its target customers would load in, from camping gear to mountain bikes and so on.

Based on the legendary Wrangler, the pickup truck pairs a four-door cab with a five-foot box and an obligatory batch of serious off-road equipment including large off-road tyres, a sturdy suspension as well as standard four-wheel drive, and represents a unique entry among mid-size pickup trucks while its unmistakably rugged exterior and removable body panels make it an extremely stylish and versatile mode of transportation.

The all new Gladiator also offers a multitude of technology features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, further Gladiator’s appeal.

All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge. This indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, manoeuverability, articulation and water fording. Steeping into the box cabin, the Gladiator has an upright dashboard that imitates the Wrangler’s and supports user-friendly controls with durable details including a waterproof push-button start, and there are optional convenience features such as a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.

The Gladiator also has body and roof panels that can be removed easily to create an open-air cabin and along with its five-foot cargo bed, the Gladiator is filled with ingenious interior storage options with its cabin having a handful of spots to stick a smartphone and a handy compartment hidden under the back seat, where the seats can be stowed in multiple ways and then securely locked in place for when the trail turns treacherous.

There’s never been anything quite like the all-new Jeep Gladiator which, backed by legendary Jeep Brand 4×4 capabilities, is ready to carry you and your gear around wherever your destinations will be.

The iconic Jeep Wrangler on the other hand is the most capable and recognised vehicle in the world, delivering unmatched off-road capability and is produced with more than seven decades of 4×4 engineering experience and offering powertrain options that include a 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 and an all-new 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine.

The Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, electronic lockers and is one of the few midsize SUVs that offer a six-speed manual transmission in addition to its available eight-speed automatic.

A best-in-class approach angle of 44 degrees, breakover angle of 27.8 degrees, departure angle of 37 degrees and a ground clearance of 10.9 inches help the Jeep Wrangler scale the toughest terrain.

A 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with eTorque technology delivers 270 horsepower and 295lb-ft of torque and standard electronic stability control (ESC), electronic roll mitigation, trailer-sway control, hill-start assist and brake traction control are among more than 75 available safety and security features.

The Wrangler models feature lightweight, high-strength aluminium doors, hinges, hood, fenders and windshield frame, as well as a magnesium swing gate to help reduce weight and boost fuel economy with its signature features include iconic round headlamps, seven-slot keystone grille, trapezoid wheel flares, removable doors, exposed hinges with the Torx tool-bit size stamped into it, a fold-down windshield and innovative removable tops.

The fold-down windshield and removable tops allow the Wrangler to retain the brand’s iconic appearance and function giving you the feel of you’re never far from the great outdoors.

The Gladiator and Wrangler are now available to meet one’s needs, whether one wants to ride in exceptional style or is ready to hit the trail at a moment’s notice.