2024 Gladiator gets everything the Wrangler does, plus two new trims
If you’re a fan of Jeeps, you already know the biggest changes Jeep made to the Wrangler as it heads into the 2024 model year. Want the tl;dr version for the 2024 Gladiator? Same deal, plus two new trims—neither of which, however, is a 4xe model.
Both Mojave X and Rubicon X, the newcomers for 2024, add a heavy dose of luxury and varying amounts of off-road kit to their respective trims. You may be familiar with the formula from the Wrangler Rubicon X: the nicest seats in the Jeep playbook (12-way adjustable, leather-upholstered, bum-heating), the nine-speaker Alpine stereo, a steel front bumper, integrated off-road camera, and body-color fender flares. The biggest difference between the “X” two add-on menus is the transfer case: the Mojave X gets an upgrade, from Command-Trac (a part-time unit) to Selec-Trac (full-time).
Just because Jeep didn’t announce a hybrid Gladiator in Detroit doesn’t mean that a 4xe version isn’t on its way. The diesel powertrain is already on its way out, as indicated by the final batch of Gladiators: 1000 Rubicon Far Out models, announced about a month ago. At this point, a 4xe Gladiator could arrive any day; Mopar Insiders thinks production will start at the end of November, so it’s anyone’s guess why Mojave X, not 4xe, is the new trim we’re seeing in Detroit.
For 2024, Gladiator buyers can get any engine they want, as long as it is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Jeep is also kindly saving them the pain of choosing between a 7- and an 8.4-inch touchscreen: All trims come with a far larger one. It measures 12.3 inches and runs a newer version of Uconnect infotainment software (version 5 instead of 4) that allows you to use CarPlay or Android Auto without a wire. Yay!
Whichever flavor you choose, your Gladiator will be safer and more waterproof than any before. Side-curtain airbags are now standard, and Jeep has improved the truck’s resistance to side impacts with structural reinforcements. If you’re glad to know the 2024 Gladiator finally has power-operated seats, wait until you hear they don’t compromise its ability to ford water.
The 2024 Gladiator also wears the newest iteration of the seven-slot grille: Each of the cells are framed in black, a color that also extends from the outside slots up to the bottoms of the circular headlights. The newest Gladiator, like the newest Wrangler, also tucks its antenna into the windshield for convenient trail-readiness.
All of the 2024 model-year trucks will be made in Toledo, Ohio. Orders are open now, and you should see the first examples in dealerships by Christmas.