And it's not as expensive as you might have been expecting.
In case you forgot, at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, Jeep whet the appetites of the entire off-roading community by pulling the wraps off of this: the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave. Not only is the Gladiator Mojave Trail Rated, like all its best, most capable off-roaders, but it also comes "Desert Rated" - that is, FCA's rugged Jeep brand has issued it a special designation and corresponding badge to reflect its desert-running capabilities.
You would be forgiven for assuming that Desert Rating might come with a resulting price hike, but happily, we can report that that's not the case; as leaked dealer order guides indicate, Jeep's 2020 Gladiator dealer order guides have leaked online, revealing a starting MSRP of $43,875 before tax, title, and destination.
That puts the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave at exactly the same starting price as the Gladiator Rubicon, despite all the work that's gone into its Desert Rated chassis. For the same price as the Rubicon, one gets the addition of FOX 2.5-inch external reservoir shocks, FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a 1-inch front suspension lift, reinforce frame, and a strengthened rear track bar.
In addition, the Mojave comes equipped with beefy Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10:1 ratio, cast iron steering knuckles, and a locking rear differential. The model's unique wheels, wrapped with 33-inch Falken all-terrain tires - or optional Falken Wildpeak mud-terrains - contribute to a 0.5-inch wider track, and a uniquely aggressive hood scoop and high-clearance fender flares give it an appreciably more hardcore appearance.
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave will go head-to-head against the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 - a truck that starts just below the Mojave at $41,400 before destination. That truck is similarly impressive, outfitted with off-road-focused goodies like Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires and specially tuned Multimatic DSSV (Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve) dampers of the sort that contributed to Red Bull's four back-to-back F1 championship titles last decade. At the same time, the Jeep Gladiator Mojave has plenty of hardware to the Baja truck crowd that gravitates towards the Ford F-150 Raptor.
In short, the market for hardcore off-road pickups is heating up, and you don't need mountains of cash to benefit. These are good times.