Jeep is giving its Gladiator pickup a refresh for 2024. The updated Jeep truck gets a facelift along with some new luxury touches and a new cabin, much like the changes made to this year's Wrangler. But while it will get some cool new off-road packages, it won't get the Wrangler's best new option.
The 2024 Jeep Gladiator's new version of the company's seven-bar grille is almost identical to the one found on the Wrangler, but it is functional. The new grille allows for more airflow to improve cooling. Though that might help the Jeep stay cool, it hasn't had much of an effect on the work it can do. Payload is up slightly to 1,725 lbs and max towing is unchanged at 7,700 lbs, both figures are at the top of the class.
Jeep is also using different versions of the grille for each trim level, helping to set apart the different models by adding different colours and changes to the grille insert. Sharp-eyed Jeepers will notice the seven different wheel designs and finishes being introduced this year.
Willys models get a locking rear differential added to the standard equipment list. A new Rubicon X trim adds Nappa leather seats to the list of Rubicon off-road features, while Mojave X does the same for that Desert Rated model. And, like on the Wrangler, those leather seats are power operated and water resistant, so even the Jeeps with power seats can ford 36 inches of water.
On the inside, the 2024 Gladiator will see the same changes as the 2024 Wrangler. The changes include a revised dashboard that has a wider range of high-end (and good-looking) finishes. It also includes the same new 12.3-inch screen that runs the latest version of the Uconnect infotainment system.
The new system has a seven-microphone array that should be capable of better natural speech voice control in the Gladiator's somewhat noisy cabin. The new screen has wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well, so you don't have a cable running through the dash when you're headed into the really dirty stuff off-road.
Other electrical upgrades include tweaks to the forward collision warning system and adaptive cruise control systems, making both easier to use. Jeep has added a new Off Road + drive mode, and new high-res cameras (that should be easier to access through the menus) for self-spotting on the trail.
Another key feature that carries over from the 2024 Wrangler is the Adventure Guide app. This built-in app is filled with information about trails including maps, waypoints, and warnings that let you know what obstacles you can expect and where they're hiding. Jeep includes 200 base trails for the first couple of years, but you can upgrade to more than 3,000 trails with an annual subscription.
Jeep will be offering some cool new bits for serious off-roaders, starting with a new roof tent. The integrated tent comes from Addax Overland and transforms the Gladiator's bed into a campsite.
There will also be three upfit packages from American Expedition Vehicles that add 35 or 37-inch tires, AEV suspension and bumpers, and other features. The top-level package, which can be ordered directly through your Jeep dealer, includes 4.56 gears, a new skid plate, and a Warn winch.
That big Wrangler change that hasn't been announced for Gladiator? It's the full-floating rear axle that is new to the Wrangler Rubicon. Jeep also hasn't confirmed a 4xe PHEV model, but reminded us that every Jeep will be electrified by 2025. So it's coming.
The 2024 Jeep Gladiator should be at dealers by the end of the year. Order books are now open, but pricing won't be available until closer to the start of production.