Jeep Gladiator Mojave Edition! [Updated With Live Pics and Chassis/Suspension Breakdown]

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    Updated with a breakdown of the chassis and suspension upgrades on the Gladiator Mojave (thanks to @futzin' )











    Updated with some live looks from the Chicago Auto Show.






    Updated with Official FCA Press Release:



    New 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Mojave: the Ultimate High-performance Off-road Midsize Pickup
    First Desert Rated Jeep 4x4
    • Jeep® Desert Rated vehicles represent the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance in grueling desert and sand environments
    • All-new Gladiator Mojave is first Jeep vehicle to earn brand’s newly minted Desert Rated badge
    • Industry-exclusive FOX hydraulic jounce bumpers and 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs bolster Gladiator Mojave’s high-speed sand-running credentials
    February 6, 2020 , Chicago - The Jeep® brand is breaking new ground with the Gladiator Mojave, the first Jeep vehicle to carry the brand’s newly minted Desert Rated badge. Jeep Desert Rated vehicles represent the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance while traversing grueling desert and sand environments.

    “4x4 capability has always been the foremost pillar of the Jeep brand and the new Gladiator Mojave is a natural extension of our legendary Trail Rated 4x4 capability leadership,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. “Jeep Gladiator is already the most capable midsize pickup on the planet and, with the addition of the new Mojave model, we are delivering our most passionate customers a new level of capability with the ability to master high-speed desert and sand terrains.”

    Gladiator Mojave models will arrive in Jeep showrooms in the second quarter of 2020.

    Legendary Jeep 4x4 capability evolves to master rugged desert terrain
    Gladiator Mojave’s ability to tackle rugged and punishing desert terrain is a natural evolution of the Jeep brand’s nearly 80-year history of 4x4 capability leadership.

    Jeep Gladiator Mojave models represent the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance in sand environments, courtesy of the brand’s renowned 4x4 system with significant suspension upgrades and extensive testing over harsh sand and desert terrain for vehicle durability and protection. Gladiator Mojave models feature new, specially-tuned FOX™ 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a reinforced frame, a one-inch front suspension lift with a silver front skid plate, stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles, aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain tires. All of these standard features enable the Gladiator Mojave to become the Jeep brand’s first Desert Rated vehicle.

    The foundation: Jeep 4x4 capability
    The starting point for the Mojave edition’s new level of capability is Gladiator’s proven Command-Trac 4x4 system, which features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10:1 axle ratio and standard electronic-locking rear differential. The Jeep Command-Trac 4x4 system is used to provide higher 4LO (low range) operating speeds for climbing sand dunes and other challenging desert events.

    A best-in-class approach angle of 44.7 degrees, breakover angle of 20.9 degrees, departure angle of 25.5 degrees and a best-in-class ground clearance of 11.6 inches further enhances Gladiator Mojave’s off-road credentials.

    Other Gladiator Mojave capability highlights include Jeep Performance Parts step sand slider side rails, a silver front skid plate for protection over rugged sand terrain, best-in-class articulation and up to 1,200 pounds of payload and up to 6,000 pounds of towing capacity.

    More durable suspension and high-performance shocks
    To earn the first-ever Desert Rated badge, Jeep engineers equipped Gladiator Mojave with specially-tuned high-performance FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks to maximize handling, comfort and bottom-out resistance on high-speed sand runs. The FOX shocks contain internal passages that allow fluid to bypass the piston through regulated ports as it moves through the suspension travel. The result is a predictable ride over normal off-road driving conditions, with the ability to ramp up damping force in extreme use.

    Front and rear external shock reservoirs keep shock fluid cool, preventing shock fade during long runs through the hot desert at high speed. Military-grade suspension fluid maintains performance at extreme temperatures and is the same fluid used in off-road racing shocks.

    Industry-first FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers act as a secondary pair of shocks, which provide additional damping force as the suspension reaches maximum compression, in order to soften impacts and prevent bottoming out in harsh off-road situations at speed. They combine race-proven technology with new, cutting-edge features to provide increased damping performance and bottom-out control in the last few inches of suspension travel. In summary, the FOX shocks and jounce bumpers provide drivers confidence and capability, including bottom-out control on harsh desert terrain at high speed, while delivering a comfortable ride over gravel washboards or broken pavement on the backroads.

    A half-inch increase in the Mojave’s track provides additional stability and allows for packaging of the larger shocks. Jeep engineers also reinforced both the frame and axle to handle rough desert terrains at high speed.

    Jeep Gladiator Mojave features a one-inch front suspension lift for increased jounce travel, with a silver front skid plate and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain tires or optional Falken Wildpeak Mud-terrain tires.

    These engineering enhancements to the Gladiator Mojave’s suspension provide ride control and confidence on any high-speed sand or desert terrain, while an Off-Road Plus button allows drivers to take Gladiator to the next level of tractive capabilities. With a push of a button, drivers can adjust throttle, transmission shift points and traction control for peak performance on higher speed passes on sand terrain, as well as during low-speed rock crawling. The Off-Road Plus drive mode on Mojave will also feature, for the first time on Jeep, the ability for drivers to lock their rear axle at high speeds while in “4H” (this feature will debut later this year).

    Proven powertrain
    The Jeep Gladiator Mojave’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features engine stop-start (ESS) as standard equipment. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, an essential trait needed for extreme off-roading. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.

    The 2020 Jeep Gladiator benefits from the popular V-6 engine’s low-range torque, which is needed when out on the trails or during demanding conditions, such as hauling cargo or towing a trailer.

    With the standard six-speed manual transmission, Gladiator Mojave boasts an impressive crawl ratio of 57.3:1 and 52.6:1 on Mojave models equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission – both of which make cresting a dune or scaling any obstacle on the trail easy.

    Mojave inside and out
    Inside the cabin, Gladiator Mojave features more aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters to hold occupants comfortably in place. The upgraded seats are available in leather or cloth with orange accent stitching and embroidered Mojave logos.

    Mojave features two interior colors options Black and Steel Gray, as well as a competition-inspired leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent stitching that features an aggressive rim section for extra grip and ergonomic comfort.

    Featuring a one-inch front suspension lift that results in a more prominent appearance, Gladiator Mojave is adorned with a unique hood decal on its heavy-duty performance hood with center scoop, unique exterior badges, orange tow hooks, unique 17 x 7.5-inch wheels, with Jeep Performance Parts step sand slider side rails between those wheels.

    An available forward-facing off-road camera allows obstructions in the desert to be easily seen as well (previously a Gladiator Rubicon-exclusive option).

    Jeep Desert Rated
    The all-new Desert Rated badge is the first of its kind for Jeep and is a natural extension of the brand's legendary Trail Rated® designation. Desert Rated vehicles represent the ultimate in Jeep vehicle’s high-speed, off-road capability and performance in grueling desert and sand environments.

    Every Desert Rated 4x4 Jeep vehicle has been developed and has succeeded against a series of strenuous tests in five categories: Ride Control and Stability, Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability and Desert Prowess.
    • Ride Control and Stability: With a groundbreaking desert-tuned suspension, Gladiator Mojave tackles undulating desert terrain with uncompromising control and comfort
    • Traction: By strategically managing and delivering power, Gladiator Mojave conquers unpredictable surfaces such as sand, gravel and loose dirt with confidence
    • Ground Clearance: Maximized running clearances with an optimized suspension allow Gladiator Mojave to crest dunes, blast through whoops and anything else the desert can throw at it
    • Maneuverability: Nimble and responsive handling allows Gladiator Mojave to become an extension of the driver when swiftly navigating desert terrain and climbing extreme angles
    • Desert Prowess: Tested and proven to withstand the intense heat, coarse sand, loose gravel and intrusive dust that accompany unforgiving desert environments






    Via Cnet Roadshow

    2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave promises more speed in the dirt

    Jeep's latest Gladiator is the first to wear the Desert Rated badge.


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    As much as I dig scrambling up a pile of rocks in low-range four-wheel drive, I much prefer bombing through the whoops, maxing out an off-roader's suspension travel and hauling ass across the sand. You know, the sort of stuff the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2s and Ford F-150 Raptors of the world do best. Now, however, Jeep is getting in on the fun.

    Debuting Thursday at both the Chicago Auto Show and the King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley, California, Jeep presents the Gladiator Mojave, wearing the company's first Desert Rated badge. You're no doubt familiar with Trail Rated already -- a badge affixed to the Jeep's SUVs that are able to tackle the slow-speed rock obstacles. This new badge, however, signifies this truck can handle the fast and dirty stuff.

    No, I haven't driven the Mojave, but if the equipment on this Gladiator is any indication, you're about to see a lot more of these trucks kicking up some serious dust in the desert. The truck employs Jeep's Command-Trac four-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles. This system gets a 2.72:1 low range, meaning it probably won't be as good at the slow-speed stuff -- more on that in a minute. On the other hand, though, this Gladiator will be able to maintain higher speeds while in low-range four-wheel drive, which should make it tough to beat in the dunes, where momentum and torque can make all the difference.


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    The Command-Trac system means the Mojave's crawl ratio suffers a bit at 57.3:1 with the six-speed manual and 52.6:1 for the eight-speed automatic. Those aren't bad numbers, but pale in comparison to the Rubicon with it's Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system, which has a 84.2:1 crawl ratio in the manual, 77.2:1 with the automatic. However, when you look at the 41.4:1 ratio in the gas-powered Chevrolet ZR2 or the 36.2:1 of the Toyota Tacoma, you can see that the Mojave should still be able to out billy-goat the competition.

    But the Mojave isn't really about the slow stuff. This thing is made to tackle those whoops at high speed. As such, the Gladiator Mojave is equipped with 2.5-inch internal bypass Fox shocks with external reservoirs to keep shock fluid cool. Fox front hydraulic jounce bumpers provide an extra bit of damping when those shocks are near full compression, keeping the Mojave from bottoming out -- and saving drivers' necks and backs in the process.

    The 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 carries over from the standard Gladiator with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is not on tap, nor is the 3.0-liter diesel, although I'd like to see a diesel Mojave give the Duramax-powered Colorado ZR2 a run for its money.

    A 1-inch front suspension lift and total ground clearance of 11.6 inches means the Gladiator Mojave's geometry is actually improved a bit over the Rubicon's, with an approach angle of 44.7 degrees and breakover angle of 20.9 degrees. The departure angle is down just a bit from a Gladiator Rubicon, at 25.5 degrees.


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    One last little nugget of goodness is the standard rear differential locker. In the Off-Road Plus drive mode, that locker can do its thing at speed in high-range four-wheel drive. Other Jeep products require drivers to be in low range to engage lockers, and though this feature won't be available until later in the year, it's still pretty cool.

    Like the Gladiator Rubicon, the Mojave's Off-Road Plus drive mode also adjusts the transmission, traction control and throttle parameters, depending on the driver's needs. Further, the Mojave keeps the same 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain tires, with optional Mud-Terrains.

    Inside, the Mojave is available in your choice of Black or Steel Gray, with heavily bolstered front seats. Leather or cloth are available with contrasting orange stitching. Outside, this Gladiator gets the aforementioned badging, as well as a unique hood decal and wheels, along with sand slider side rails and a heavy duty performance hood.

    Jeep hasn't released official pricing data, but I expect the Mojave to command a premium over the Gladiator Rubicon's starting price of $43,875. Look for it to hit dealerships in the second quarter of 2020.


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    Wonder if those shocks would work with the 2" Mopar lift. The skid plate is a nice bit of kit too. I believe that low range ratio is the same one you get with the Max Tow package? At any rate this is a very cool offering!
     
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    THIS!!!
    plus a diesel?
    I'm in!!!
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    This is cool. It should sell well.
     
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    If it can still tow and payload around 1500, I may just eat the loss on my Max Tow and get this. Driving fast on trails is what I ultimately want to do. Wont do it without Dana 60s if I have a choice about it


    Oh and it’s even longer in wheelbase

    To make room for the suspension upgrades, the Gladiator's wheelbase has been lengthened by a half an inch
     
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    siiiiiiccccckkkk
     
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    The low range ratio is the same as every non rubicon. Max tow package doesn’t have a special transfer case.
     
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    Damn, just weeks after I bought my Overland. This is a damn sexy Jeep!
     
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    I like that hood a lot.
     
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    Was not sure, thus the question mark. I assumed so but lately Jeep has been throwing out hardware selections like Oprah giving away cars. You get and HD axle, You get and HD axle, and so on lol!
     
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    Interesting.

    I wonder if it’s possible to retrofit the shocks onto a Rubicon. Curious how these ride in comparison...
     
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    Lol, take your money?!?!?! How about take MY money first!
     
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    I wonder if the scoop is functional??
     
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    Makes me wonder if we'll be seeing more of this hood (in a functional capacity) in the future.....
     
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