The Jeep Wrangler midsize pick-up has finally made its arrival in the Philippine market. Jeep’s much-awaited pick-up offering brings to the table off-roading capability that’s never before seen in the midsize pick-up segment.
While the Ford Ranger Raptor is more of a high-speed Baja-jumping off-roader, the Jeep Gladiator is able to tackle more of the even rougher stuff. As with every modern Jeep, the Gladiator’s front fascia is characterized by the iconic 7-slatted grille. More than just a Jeep Wrangler with a 5-foot bed, the Gladiator has legitimate off-road chops along with the added flexibility that makes it suitable for work use. The Gladiator’s bigger axles, brakes, and suspension enable it to have a 725 kg payload capacity and 3,470 kg towing capacity.
Despite its bigger exterior dimensions compared to the Wrangler, the Gladiator is just as capable when going off-road. It has a 282 mm ground clearance, an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, and a departure angle of 26 degrees. Floods and rivers shouldn’t also be a problem for the Gladiator with its 762-mm (30 inches) water wading capability.
The Gladiator can be opted in two flavors: Sport and the highly-capable Rubicon. The Rubicon is particularly noteworthy due to its 2-inch Fox shocks, full-length sidebars, among other off-road upgrades. The Rubicon model also benefits from other aesthetic upgrades such as LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights.
Just like the Wrangler, the Jeep Gladiator’s interior is highly durable and meant for off-roading. Individual roof and door panels (which are called Freedom Panels in Jeep’s marketing speak) can be removed for open-air adventures. Some of the features that the base Sport is fitted with include push-button start, a 5-inch UConnect touch screen infotainment system, and illuminated cupholders. Upgrading to the Rubicon variant adds a passive entry system, leather seats, bright interior accents, 7-inch multi-information display, 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Alpine sound system, and remote engine start.
The Jeep Gladiator is also well-equipped with safety features ranging from stability control, hill start assist, Trailer Sway Damping, tire pressure monitoring, rear parking sensors, and a reverse camera. Opting for the Rubicon variant further adds blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert.
For the Philippine market, the Jeep Gladiator is powered by a 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated V6 gasoline engine that produces 285 hp and 352 Nm of torque. Power is sent through a Selec-Trac full-time 4WD system via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep Gladiator is now on sale on all Jeep dealers with a starting price of P3,890,000 for the Gladiator Sport and P4,790,000 for the Gladiator Rubicon.