New special edition comes Desert Rated
America's favorite off-road brand has taken full advantage of this year's 2020 Chicago Auto Show to debut a new Jeep Gladiator trim aimed at those who have a thing for extreme desert off-roading. Meet the Jeep Gladiator Mojave, which is not only Trail Rated but also, very appropriately, Desert Rated. It even has an emblem stating so. Jeep focused a majority of its efforts on upgrading the Gladiator's already highly capable suspension. This time, it's been modified for the desert.
For starters, there are 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs and a change in ride height by one inch at the front for a new total of 11.6 inches. Jeep also turned to Fox for front hydraulic jounce jumpers for additional damping when the suspension fully compresses. Even the Gladiator's track is a half-inch wider for improved stability. Engineers also made some frame reinforcements and increased axle strength specifically for more extreme ground conditions.
Under the hood lies the familiar 3.6-liter V6 boasting 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is, once again, standard, though an eight-speed automatic remains an option. Four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case and locking rear differential is standard, regardless of transmission choice.
Jeep also added an Off-Road Plus driving mode which alters the throttle response, shift points, and traction control for driving at high speeds on the sand or while going slow during rock crawling. This system also enables the driver to lock the rear differential at high speeds with four-wheel-drive-high gearing. Exterior modifications include a new hood scoop, side rails, and a front skid plate.
A set of 17-inch wheels with 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain rubber come standard while Falken Wildpeak Mud-terrain tires are optional. Step inside and you'll see a familiar face, only now there are just two interior color choices, Black or Steel Gray. For added comfort while blasting through the desert, Jeep added larger front seat bolsters. Also notice the orange accent stitching throughout.
Official pricing was not announced but sales are set to get underway later this year.