Everything You Need to Know About the Jeep Gladiator

October 3rd, 2020 by
Jeep Gladiator towing a boat in Mississauga, Toronto

The crowd hushes as the Jeep Gladiator enters the arena. This competitive pick up truck is rugged, strong and loaded with fantastic features. It is ready to take on any road, cavern or mountain you can throw at it. As they say, “when in Rome, do as Romans do” and the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is more than adaptive enough to perform to the high standard set for the long line of Jeeps before it.

The Wrangler has multiplied over the years The Jeep Gladiator is the newest in a new tradition of Jeeps with the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Unlimited Rubicon, Sahara, Unlimited Sahara, Unlimited Sahara Altitude, Black and Tan Edition, Unlimited Black and Tan Edition, Willys Edition, Unlimited Willys Edition, Sport, Sport S, Unlimited Sport S and finally the Unlimited Sport Altitude.

Originally designed in 1944 to see service in World War II, its original ancestor was built for the purpose of reconnaissance and to be used as a command car. Now its proud incarnation is ready to ford water like Neptune, haul loads like Atlas and tackle some Herculean quests.

Best in its class of 4X4 for Hauling and Payload this monster can move up to 7,650 pounds and can take with it a payload capacity of up to 1,600 pounds. It is also best in its class for Off-Road Capability so you will be able to tow that 7000 plus load with ease over the rockiest road to Rome, or where-have-you. The three-position tailgate will give you more flexibility when doing so. If the road takes you to higher ground the Hill Start Assist will make sure you don’t slide back.

It will also assist you when you need to stop thanks to the trailer brake control. The trailer sway control lets you handle any ill wind that blows, or just challenging traffic conditions as it monitors vehicle movement and adjusts the brake pressure to each until you level out. It is not hard to see why the 2021 Jeep Gladiator enjoys a unique edge in the market of adventure vehicles.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator is the only open-air Sunrider soft-top pick-up truck in the industry, which also has the option of a Freedom Top 3-piece modular hardtop. Adaptability is its specialty in fact. With the traditional removable doors, electronic sway bar disconnect, the 206.5 x 113.8 cm load floor, secure integrated tie downs, covered 115-volt power outlet, LED under-rail bed lighting and a cargo box with three different powertrain combinations it can help you make your adventures dreams a reality. The Selec-Speed Control will help the driver remain at a targeted speed of 0.96 km/h to 8km/h in the 4LO without needing to hang on the throttle or brake.

The Jeep Gladiator is the most off-road capable mid-sized pick up ever made. It has the requisite steel bed with four crossbeams that reinforce the load floor, and the aluminium tailgate is damped. Other utilities include a tonneau spray in bed-liner that is not only durable but looks great and it will go a long way to protect any expensive toys being transported over uneven ground. It is very durable and also water resistant. Covering the truck bed has never been easier with a cover that rolls out from the cab to be hooked to the tailgate. A section of the cover at the end can be flipped up to give you access to the cab without having to roll it all the way up again.

jeep gladiator on the beach

The question is what might you want to haul to somewhere in particular? Whatever it is and wherever you are going the Jeep Gladiator has you covered with a number of factory-engineered products for the off-roaders driving 4WD Jeep Brand vehicles. They offer options from axels to off road lights and whatever your brand of adventure the folks at mopar.ca can help you out with a number of accessories. The available features make you feel like a kid in a candy store.

Available Cargo Accessories

  • Decked cargo system
  • Loading ramps
  • Cross bars
  • Bike racks
  • Watersports rack
  • Snowsports rack
  • Cargo baskets

Another neat feature is a dial to decrease or increase your trailer brakes when the need arises. Another thing that can help you when hauling a trailer is the forward facing trail camera and a parkview rear backup camera with an available trailer hitch zoom, which will help you keep an eagle eye on things.

jeep gladiator interior

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator may be one tough champion on the exterior but on the inside it is luxurious enough for Venus. The Gladiator Sport S and the Overland sport two tow hooks. The snazzy technological applications include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and safety features like Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus. The Uconnect touchscreen has high definition, navigation, real time stats using Off-Road Pages. It also offers SiriusXM services such as commercial-free music, weather and traffic on over 120 different channels, which are available on the Overland and Rubicon editions.

Another neat aspect is the remote start button system. So before Venus or the Emperor step in it can be heated or cooled ahead of time. The climate control features heated seats with three different levels of warm you up as well as an available heated steering wheel, and on icy road the heated mirrors don’t hurt either. On the Rubicon and Overland a duel-zone automatic temperature control can maintain different environments for driver and front passenger, so Venus and the Emperor don’t bicker.

To get things going the fob can be kept on your person and the Jeep can be started up from afar. When starting from inside the vehicle you can do the same with the start button after first applying your foot to the brake. The start button itself has a water resistant shield should Neptune turn up in your truck. And should the road get a bit too rocky the Under Armour has an additional heavy gauge steel rock rail and bed protection on the Rubicon. The standard feature is the increased skid plates, which are made from lightweight but strong steel to save your truck bottom.

We can’t however talk about the interior without going into the engine. It is the 3.6 litre Penstar which itself is royalty. Winner of the crown for Canada’s Best Engine for six years running it can’t be beat for power and efficiency. It is also a little more kind on the environment with its enhanced two-step variable-valve-lift system. It is designed to be in low-mode until required to crank up the power. Then it rapidly shifts into high mode to accommodate the need for increased combustion. The engine also has a cooled exhaust-gas system recirculation and fancy new weight-reduction system that also helps out by maintaining the power as well as the performance, which is of course the crowing glory of the Penstar.

The first available transmission is an 8-speed automatic where each gear performs at the optimal level, tuning them to the structure, size and weight of the Jeep Gladiator. Using advanced software enables this swift Gladiator to adjust based on temperature, cornering, hill grades, 4WD gears as well as towing. Not only does this Gladiator move quickly but it does so with form and grace. Meaning that as it takes you through the motions the shifts are almost seamless, both up and down and creates a ride that is consistently smooth.

jeep gladiator exterior features

There is also the 6-speed manual transmission available for the drivers that want to experience the sensation and advantage of each gear in turn. The low and first gears are perfect for the adventurers among us who take the road less travelled. When water gets a little high there is a vent tube that can make the crossing safe. The 6-speed comes standard with a Command-Trac 4WD system on the Sport S as well as the Overland. Alternatively it can be used with a Rock-Trac 4WD system on the Gladiator Rubicon.

With the 2021 Jeep Gladiator you get one spectacular performance owing to its sophisticated design, high level of safety features, technological advancements, classic style and raw power. So whether this Gladiator is speeding away from the lions, winning a water battle or just kicking butt on the way to victory this Jeep has it all.

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