JEEP INTRODUCES 2020 GLADIATOR MOJAVE DURING THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW MEDIA PREVIEW
Jeep introduced the new Gladiator Mojave midsize pickup with Desert Rated badge during the 2020 Chicago Auto Show Media Preview on Thursday, Feb. 6. The Gladiator Mojave is the first Desert Rated Jeep 4x4, representing the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance while traversing desert and sand environments.
"Jeep's 4x4 capability has always been the foremost pillar of the brand and the new Gladiator Mojave is a natural extension of our legendary Trail Rated 4x4 capability leadership," said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep brand - FCA North America. "Jeep Gladiator is already the most capable midsize pickup on the planet and, with the addition of the new Mojave model, we are delivering our most passionate customers a new level of capability with the ability to master high-speed desert and sand terrains."
Jeep Gladiator Mojave models represent the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance in sand environments. Gladiator Mojave models feature new, specially-tuned FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a reinforced frame, a one-inch front suspension lift with a silver front skid plate, stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles, aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain tires.
A best-in-class approach angle of 44.7 degrees, breakover angle of 20.9 degrees, departure angle of 25.5 degrees and a best-in-class ground clearance of 11.6 inches further enhances Gladiator Mojave's off-road credentials.
Other Gladiator Mojave capability highlights include Jeep Performance Parts step sand slider side rails, a silver front skid plate for protection over rugged sand terrain, best-in-class articulation and up to 1,200 pounds of payload and up to 6,000 pounds of towing capacity.
To earn the first-ever Desert Rated badge, Jeep engineers equipped Gladiator Mojave with specially-tuned high-performance FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks to maximize handling, comfort and bottom-out resistance on high-speed sand runs. In addition, front and rear external shocks, military-grade suspension fluid, and industry-first FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers are included. Jeep engineers also reinforced both the frame and axle to handle rough desert terrains at high speed.
Jeep Gladiator Mojave features a one-inch front suspension lift for increased jounce travel, with a silver front skid plate and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain tires or optional Falken Wildpeak Mud-terrain tires.
The Jeep Gladiator Mojave's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features engine stop-start as standard equipment. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and an 8-speed automatic transmission is optional. With the standard 6-speed manual transmission, Gladiator Mojave boasts an impressive crawl ratio of 57.3:1 and 52.6:1 on Mojave models equipped with the optional 8-speed automatic transmission.
Inside the cabin, Gladiator Mojave features more aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters to hold occupants comfortably in place. The upgraded seats are available in leather or cloth with orange accent stitching and embroidered Mojave logos.
Mojave features two interior colors options Black and Steel Gray, as well as a competition-inspired leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching that features an aggressive rim section for extra grip and ergonomic comfort.
Featuring a one-inch front suspension lift that results in a more prominent appearance, Gladiator Mojave is adorned with a hood decal on its heavy-duty performance hood with center scoop, unique exterior badges, orange tow hooks, unique 17 x 7.5-inch wheels, with Jeep Performance Parts step sand slider side rails between those wheels.
Gladiator Mojave models will arrive in Jeep showrooms in the second quarter of 2020.
For more information on the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com. For high resolution photos and b-roll, visit www.ChicagoAutoShow.com/media/online-newsroom-gallery.
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