THE all-new Jeep Gladiator seems to be the most capable Jeep bakkie ever, and builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeeps.
There has been tremendous demand for this unique bakkie from motorists in Mzansi and double-cab buyers around the world.
“Unquestionably a double cab and instantly recognisable as a Jeep, the all-new Gladiator is the ultimate vehicle for any outdoor adventure,” said Stellantis South Africa managing director Leslie Ramsoomar.
“South Africans’ affinity to pick-ups or bakkies is well-established and we believe Gladiator offers them a true lifestyle alternative in this popular segment,” Ramsoomar said.
The Gladiator combines rugged utility, versatility and functionality, resulting in the most capable Jeep brand pick-up truck ever. It delivers legendary capability with composed on-road driving dynamics and passenger safety, courtesy of the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4x4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-lok limited-slip differential, segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and off-road tyres.
The Jeep Gladiator is available in one model derivative in South Africa, the Rubicon, filled with every available feature the bakkie has to offer. A four-bolt design at the top of the wind-shield frame allows for the windscreen to fold down quickly and easily. A header bar connects the A-pillars and stays in place – even when the windscreen is folded down. This allows the rear-view mirror to remain in place – even with the windscreen folded.
A push-button starter, featuring a weather-proof surround, is standard on the Gladiator and easily located within the driver’s reach.
Leather-contoured seats feature accent stitching and adjustable bolster and lumbar support. Available comfort features include heated front seats and steering wheel.
An 8,4-inch touch-screen houses the fourth-generation Uconnect system and sits atop the centre stack.
This system enhances the user interface and system performance with quicker start-up times and improved screen resolution. And directly below the touch-screen are functional features such as climate and volume control knobs as well as media connectivity ports – two USB ports and a USB-C up-front as well as two in reach of passengers in the back seat. Optional audio upgrades include a subwoofer and portable wireless speaker located behind the rear seat.
PRICING: It is priced at R1 259 900, and comes with a three-year/100 000km maintenance plan as well as a five-year/100 000km warranty.