Affordable price, loads of equipment.
Just last month, rumors emerged that Jeep was planning to add a new trim level to the Gladiator lineup slotted between the Sport S and Overland. It turns out that those rumors were true because the 2020 Jeep Gladiator now gets a new trim called the Altitude. Jeep already offers a High Altitude trim at the top of the Gladiator range but this Altitude model is meant to cater to a more price-conscious customer.
Jeep says the Altitude trim level is based on the Sport S but adds several popular options at a reduced cost. You can spot a Gladiator Altitude from the exterior by the body-color grille and fender flares, 18-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Dueler All-Terrain tires, and black Freedom hardtop.
Jeep also offers a dual-top option with a fabric roof underneath the hardtop. Nine color options are available including Black, White, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Hydro Blue, Gator, and Gobi, and all but three are no-cost.
Inside, the Altitude keeps it simple with black cloth seats but the steering wheel is wrapped in leather with black stitching. Those seats along with the steering wheel can be heated as part of a Cold Weather package. A basic Uconnect 3 audio system with a five-inch screen comes standard but Uconnect 4 systems with either a seven- or 8.4-inch touchscreen are also available.
Jeep has chosen to leave things uncomplicated under the hood as well, where a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is the only engine choice mated to an eight-speed automatic, which is normally an optional extra. The V6 produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty to get the Trail Rated Gladiator over steep inclines. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Altitude Edition starts at $40,340 (plus $1,495 destination) with availability starting early in the third quarter of 2020. Jeep says the Altitude will also be available next year as a 2021 model.