Remember the Jeep Comanche? Off-road enthusiasts may recall this Jeep that combined the legendary go-anywhere capability with pick-up utility. While it was discontinued in 1992, its spiritual successor has returned in the form of the Gladiator, which Auto Nation Group launches in the Philippines today via Digital reveal.
Launched last year, the Jeep Gladiator continues on where the Comanche left off, but gives it a modern yet still rugged and outdoorsy vibe. It’s got the trademark 7-slot Jeep grille, power dome and vented hood, body color fenders, removable windshield, doors, and Freedom roof (made of aluminum to save weight), and wheel wells that can accommodate up to 35-inch off-road rubber.
The modern part can be seen in the LED headlights, along with the UConnect infotainment system in the cabin that uses either a 5- or 8-inch touchscreen, depending on the variant. Speaking of variants, the Gladiator comes in either Sport or Rubicon, with the latter adding goodies like leather seats, and a few other trim pieces to set it apart.
But this Gladiator, like all jeeps, is about freedom to hit the trails and the great outdoors. It does this with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 motor under the hood producing 285bhp and 260lb-ft of torque. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic with start-stop function to help save fuel.
Despite having all kinds of modcons like remote start feature, push-start button, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety gear like blind spot monitoring, ParkSense parking assistant, tire pressure monitor, and traction and stability control, the Jeep Gladiator is really about going off road.
To help it out, the brand’s Selec-Trac system lets users choose between 4H (4×4 High)or 4Lo (4×4) Low). It also comes with Tru Lok front and rear differentials, the ability to disconnect the sway bars for improved off-road ability, and Selec-Speed which is pretty much like off-road cruise control. Plus, you get rock rails to help protect the fuel tank and transfer case. And cargo hauling is rated at 1,600lbs while towing capacity is pegged at up to 7,000lbs.
Completing the set up are the Dana heavy duty axles, Fox shock absorbers, and 245/55/R17 tires for the Sport and larger 255/75R17 rubber for the Rubicon.
Yes, the Jeep Gladiator is here and is available in:
- Glaidator Sport: P3,890,000
- Gladiator Rubicon: P4,790,000
Contact your nearest Jeep Philippines dealer to learn about about how you can combine the Jeep lifestyle with pick-up utility.