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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Jeep Gladiator Makes a Brutal Appearance

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Jeep Gladiator Makes a Brutal Appearance

Among all the domestic SUVs, genuine SUVs like the Jeep Wrangler stand out. However, its closest relative exists even more so. The Jeep Gladiator proves a high level of off-road capability – but it is of only limited practical use and is also expensive.

If you are looking for pickup trucks for transportation and commerce, you have come to the wrong place in Jeep Gladiator. The heavy American flatbed SUV is certainly not the most practical representative of its kind – but perhaps the most striking. At least that’s true in this country, where otherwise manageable big pick-ups like the Amarok or Ford Ranger from VW drive.

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Vivek is different: The Jeep Gladiator is different.

(Photo: Jeep)

The Ami is 30 cm taller than the two Europeans, making it the tallest representative of its segment in this country to date. But it is not only its size that makes it stand out on the road, and especially in supermarket car parks, but also its iconic off-road vehicle form. Up to the back door, it resembles the off-road classic Wrangler, with which it doesn’t share a name, but shares pedigree and most of the technology.

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Instead of a closed luggage compartment, the Gladiator offers an open loading area behind the typical double cabin, which, however, is not very large at 1.53 x 1.44 m. Between the wheel arches, it shrinks to 1.14 metres. The permitted payload of 565 kg for a car of this size is equally manageable as a trailer load of 2.7 tonnes. But Jeep doesn’t want to be a workhorse either: Instead, most owners will use the platform for sporting and leisure goods. Bark is more likely to be seen in or on boat, quad bike and bicycle gladiators than mulch and debris.

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The flatbed of the Jeep Gladiator is quite tight.

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On the other hand, there are hardly any restrictions in the field of application. The Gladiator uses much of the Wrangler’s technology, making it one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the market. Standard equipment includes rear axle lock, off-road reduction and a manually switchable Selec-Track all-wheel drive system. However, its pick-up sibling doesn’t have as excellent climbing prowess as the Wrangler: the larger dimensions, longer wheelbase and rear overhang alone should hinder it more on rocky terrain than its more compact relatives. At the same time, however, the following also applies: among the available pick-ups in this country, Jeep has to be the off-road leader.

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Inside, the Jeep Gladiator is strong.

(Photo: Jeep)

But let’s be honest: in Germany, the Gladiator generally shouldn’t be bought because of its practical qualities or its off-road maneuverability. Instead, his massive, utterly indecisive presence is alluring. And the same feeling behind the wheel. And Jeep has skillfully refined that: The interior is laid out in a sturdy off-road style, reassuring with solid workmanship and – despite the center console looking overloaded at first glance – with good usability.

If you like it airy, you can dismantle the ceiling panels in a few simple steps and then sit under the open sky. If the windscreen is also bent forward, you can sit almost entirely outside. Like removable doors, both are absolutely unique selling points in this class.

The back section is also detailed. If space is not needed for passengers, the seats can be folded down to provide additional storage space. This is practical because, even with a rainproof cover, the platform is not suitable for transporting common everyday items such as shopping or sports bags. If there are four or five of you on the road, you shouldn’t be carrying too much stuff with you. Or simply too high and too heavy, which then finds a place on the stage.

comfortable and soft

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The silence is relatively high.

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On the road, gladiators require remarkably little endurance. If you are used to the restless and bumpy driving experience of conventionally built off-road vehicles, the pick-up with its long wheelbase moves relatively smoothly on the asphalt. He also takes casually tight curves. Overall, it feels more like an oversized passenger car than a chunky commercial vehicle.

It’s still loud in the cabin, thanks to the modestly insulated 3.6-liter V6 diesel engine. However, its 194 kW/264 hp and 600 Nm set the nearly 2.5 ton Gladiator in motion with ease and met all other daily needs as calmly as it is potent. Consumption remains within tolerable limits of just under nine liters.

Looking at the price list, it looks a little different. The “Overland” version, which is the only version available in the current model year, costs 74,500 euros. However, the equipment is then quite grand, ranging from a chic 18-inch to an Alpine sound system. The list of options is equally short, offering not only exclusive paint, leather seats and optional convertible top options, but also all the design accessories from tuning assistant Mopar. Also, because the related Wrangler is only available with an expensive plug-in hybrid drive (from €80,000) in this country, the Gladiator is now the cheapest member of the off-road family.

Anyone who isn’t deterred by high prices, appreciates the successful rustic atmosphere and enjoys the admiring glances of other road users, will find the Gladiator one of the last real character types on the off-roader market. If you’re looking for a pure workhorse, you’ll be more than happy with other, significantly cheaper pick-up models.

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