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2024 Jeep Gladiator Ute Gets a Raft of Tech Upgrades

The tough-looking Gladiator Ute finally gets the same updates as the new Jeep Wrangler along with a focus on adding more equipment. The 2024 Jeep Gladiator can be easily distinguished by its new seven-slot grille which has slimmer slots while also cooling the engine better. Peer closer and you will see the black textured slots, neutral grey metallic bezels and body-colour surrounds too.

Elsewhere, the antenna is integrated into the front windshield while seven new standard and optional wheel designs are available. If you’d want a Gladiator with limitless headroom, then there are more soft-top trims and more customisation on offer. In total, there are nine exterior colours: Anvil (new), Firecracker Red, Granite Crystal, Silver Zynith, High Velocity, Hydro Blue, Sarge, Bright White and Black.

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Inside, it’s a lot more premium and less utilitarian with a large 12.3-inch touchscreen housing the latest Uconnect 5 system while now there are narrower vents along with a new look steering wheel. Soft-touch materials are also added to the mix. The equipment list includes an Android operating system with over-the-air (OTA) updates, power seats, standard side-curtain airbags, improved hands-free voice recognition, seven USB Type A and Type C ports for both rows etc

For the US market, two new models, Mojave X and Rubicon X have been added with an integrated off-road camera, steel bumpers and 12-way power adjustable front seats with Nappa Leather.

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There isn’t much choice in terms of powertrains though with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine being available right now although Jeep might slip in a 4xe plug-in-hybrid option in the future. For the Australian market expect an eight-speed automatic while a six-speed manual is also offered in the US. Available in Sport, Willys, Mojave and Rubicon models in the US, it is not confirmed whether all these trims will also make it here in Australia or whether Jeep will stick to the top two variants only.

The Gladiator veers towards being more of a lifestyle truck since it is longer than many of its diesel-powered rivals and these updates augur well for its premium positioning. Expect an Australian launch by the middle of next year.

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