Jeep Gladiator rumored to add value-packed Altitude trim

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Mopar is great at giving its customers what they want. Whether it’s a Ram pickup, a Challenger, or a Wrangler, there’s a trim level out there for just about any appetite. Likewise, Jeep is offering the long-awaited Gladiator truck in a staggering number of trims levels and special editions. The latest special edition, as reported by Mopar Insiders, could well be a more affordable version of the luxury High Altitude trim, simply dubbed “Altitude.”

The High Altitude boasts a Nappa leather interior and loads of plush options; the Altitude, on the other hand, would be based on the Sport S. If the rumors prove true, that means the Altitude will a more utilitarian interior, but the rumored Gladiator would still be quite comfortable even in base trim. Mopar Insiders expects the Altitude to pick up a lot of cues from the Overland, the next model up in the Jeep pickup pecking order, including its 18-inch Granite Crystal wheels and front bumper. The Altitude would likely have body-color fenders, standard on every trim level above the Sport S save for the Rubicon and Mojave.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Overland
The Jeep Gladiator Altitude should look a lot like this Overland model, minus those rocker steps. FCA

Mopar Insiders reports that, to distinguish it from the Overland, the Altitude won’t come with side steps and will wear a standard three-piece hardtop. The outlet also expects the Altitude to come standard with the 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Though the auto is currently a $2000 option and the top is an additional $1295, Mopar Insiders expects the Altitude to start at just $41,835, including destination.

The Altitude package would bundle together many popular options while still undercutting the cost of an Overland, which starts at $41,890 (including destination). (Don’t forget, too, that the Overland comes standard with a manual transmission and soft top.) Jeep has noticed which Gladiators have been the quickest off the lot, and, if the rumors are indeed realized, the Altitude seems like an easy way to group all of the most desirable options into one easy-to-order package.

There’s no word yet on when we can expect this Jeep to make an appearance. However, it seems a likely candidate to spice up the Gladiator for the 2021 model year this fall.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Overland
2020 Jeep® Gladiator Overland FCA
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