Have you always wanted a Jeep with a bed at the back? Well, now you can have one as Auto Nation Group, the official distributor of Jeep vehicles in the country, has officially launched the all-new 2021 Gladiator.
Making its global launch in New Zealand late last year, the Gladiator now serves as the brand's go-anywhere pick-up truck and is available in two distinct variants – Sport and Rubicon. The all-new Gladiator serves as the spiritual successor of the Commanche that combines Jeep DNA, and pick-up truck capability for on- and off-road conditions.
Borrowing styling cues from the Wrangler, the 2021 Gladiator features the brand’s signature seven-slot keystone front grille. It also comes LED headlights, a ‘Power Dome’ dual vented hood which helps remove heat from the engine, huge body-colored fenders that can take in a set of 35-inch tires, large off-road style alloy wheels, and squared LED taillights.
Helping the Gladiator be more capable over rough terrain is done by these following extras. It gets front and rear steel bumpers, front and rear tow hooks, rock rails, and skid plates that protect the fuel tank, and transfer case. Plan to install additional gear like power winches or light bars, the Rubicon will have additional auxiliary switches available. The Gladiator Sport rolls on 245/55/R17 Dueler all-terrain tires while the Gladiator Rubicon rolls on bigger 255/75/R17 all-terrain rubber.
To help save on weight, some of the Gladiator’s exterior components make use of lightweight aluminum. These include the aforementioned hood, doors, fender flares, windshield frame, as well as the tailgate. According to Jeep, this helps reduce overall weight while still being durable in any road conditions.
Those familiar with the Wrangler’s interior will find the Gladiator’s accommodations similar and inviting. An 8.4-inch touchscreen powered by Uconnect makes its home on the center dashboard (5.0-inch for the Sport). It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and USB. It even comes with a voice command system that users can use with the onboard navigation system.
A leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel is available on the Gladiator, while optional leather upholstery (standard on Rubicon) can be specified on the Sport. Other features available on the pick-up truck include Alpine Premium sound system, 7-inch TFT multi-info display, push-button start, and illuminated cupholders.
Under the hood, both the Gladiator Sport and Rubicon variants are powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. The six-cylinder produces 285 PS at 6,400 rpm along with 352 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. The sole transmission option for the Gladiator is an eight-speed automatic with manual select. The V6 benefits from an automatic start/stop system which can be turned off.
Allowing the Gladiator to hit the trails comes courtesy of the Selec-Trac 4x4 system. It allows users to set the Gladiator to either 4Hi (4x4 High) or 4Lo (4x4 Low). Users can also electronically disconnect the sway bars for better off-road capability, activate the Tru-Lok front and rear differentials, as well as make use of Selec-Speed Control which serves as the Gladiator’s off-road cruise control. The Gladiator also has heavy-duty front and rear Dana axles, and Fox shock absorbers.
A plethora of safety features is also available on the 2021 Gladiator. These are electronic stability control, traction control, electronic roll mitigation, a hill-start assist, reverse camera, ParkSense rear park assist system, automatic headlights, tire pressure monitoring system, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and a host of airbags.
The Gladiator Sport is available at a suggested retail price of PhP 3,890,000 while the Gladiator Rubicon is selling for PhP 4,790,000.