August 24, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

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The all-new Jeep Gladiator is more than a Wrangler with mid-size-truck capability catered to Jeep purists. It also attracts new buyers that appreciate the unique appearance, ability and deep versatility. In the North American home market, there are 11 variants available to custom fit customer requirements that include the segment-exclusive fold-down windshield. It can tow up to 7,650 pounds, while the narrow pickup box has 1,005 liters of capacity. The FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass dampers on the Rubicon model available in our market are remarkable.

Our attractive, heavily equipped Firecracker Red test unit with pronounced over fenders had the brilliant full LED lighting, 11.1 inches of ground clearance, approach angle of 43.4 degrees, breakover at 20.3 degrees, and departure angle of 26 degrees. The wading depth is 800 mm. The strong brakes are 13.0-inch vented discs with two-piston calipers up front and 13.6-inch vented discs with single sliders at the rear. The 17-inch alloys are wrapped with purposeful BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A 255/75R17 KM2 111/108Q M+S tires.

The Jeep Gladiator is an authentic truck that rides with sophistication and a lot of forgiveness. The suspension may be traditional live axles (Dana 44 axles) for truly heroic off-road traversing but it doesn’t have the negative characteristics of sloppiness and discomfort on the road. The end result of the suspension tuning is amazing. It looks extra-long because of its 137.3-inch wheelbase, yet it is still smaller and narrower than a Ford F-150. It has cool-looking four full-size doors and a five-foot bed, selectable four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case, locked differentials, disconnected anti-roll bars and detachable front driver and passenger roofs. The powerplant and transmission are very familiar, the ubiquitous Fiat Chrysler Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 producing 285 bhp and 260 lb-ft of torque mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic. Our market does not get the manual transmission option nor the available alternative 260 bhp / 442 lb-ft 3.0-turbodiesel yet.

The steering though, in keeping with its off-road prowess, uses a recirculating-ball instead of a direct linear rack-in-pinion setup. So, you have to get used to that rubbery sensation when you are not traveling off the beaten path. The interior execution is uniquely Jeep but with modern technology, that includes a matching-colored dashboard, very comfortable seats, climate control with rear seat vents, waterproof start button, a great sounding 8.4-inch infotainment system with overhead speakers, 60/40 split rear seatbacks, and so much more. The Jeep Gladiator is an awesome, characterful, and useful passenger truck that will definitely be rewarding for a very long time. Its desirability is without question but its price point is a painful challenge in our market, which is a pity.

 

Specifications

Engine

Engine V-6
Displacement 3605 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 24V
Fuel Injector Multiport Injection, VVT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 285 bhp @ 6400 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 260 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission 8-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 176 km/h (110 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 7.4 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 17 mpg City / 22 mg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 4,890,000.00
What's Great Unique Jeep Styling and characteristics, supreme off-road ability, versatility, excellent build-quality, the only convertible truck in the market, Wrangler goodness plus.
What's Not So Price. Narrow cargo bed.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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