The Rubicon is getting a desert-rated brother.
Historically, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has served as the undisputed king of Jeep's off-road models, but the new Jeep Gladiator Mojave unveiled last February has turned that convention on its head. Not that the Gladiator Mojave is necessarily higher in the pecking order, mind you - it sets out to accomplish different things - but it's certainly on Rubicon's level, giving the new Gladiator pickup a trim the Wrangler can't match.
But that's set to change relatively soon, according to Mopar Insiders. The outlet reports that there's a Jeep Wrangler Mojave trim level in the pipeline - one with the same Desert-Rated badge and underlying features.
The new Jeep Wrangler Mojave and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Mojave will arrive in time for the 2021 model year, according to the reports, with headline items such as the Gladiator Mojave's same 2.5-inch Fox shocks with external reservoirs, rugged cast-iron steering knuckles, and a reinforced frame. It's also expected to get the Gladiator Mojave's stronger axles, and big 33-inch all-terrain tires.
We also expect to see many of the Gladiator Mojave's vanity items make their way onto its Wrangler cousin, like the sculpted hood with a broad scoop, the more aggressive fender flares, and Mojave-specific rock sliders.
Inside, there will be plenty of room for the Gladiator Mojave's more generously bolstered front seats, orange accent stitching, and orange accent HVAC bezels. There's no word yet on when FCA might choose to show off the new Jeep Wrangler Mojave. The 2020 Jeep Easter Safari might have made a good venue for it, but that event was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. What's more, we don't know whether the model would have been ready in time.
FCA could show the model at its annual 'What's New' event for the press this summer, but word is that's where the company is planning to unveil the new Ram 1500 Rebel TRX. It would be a shame for one of those models to steal the other's thunder. More likely, FCA will reveal the new Jeep Wrangler Mojave closer to the end of the year.