Surely you know about Jeep’s “Trail Rated” badge, don’t you? It certifies that certain models have the necessary features and capabilities to meet the brand’s particular standards for off-road performance. Well, this Gladiator is the first one to wear the new “Desert Rated” badge, which represents the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance while traversing grueling desert and sand environments.
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As FCA explains, 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.
More specifically, the Jeep Gladiator Mojave boasts a reinforced frame, specially tuned FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a one-inch front suspension lift with a silver front skid plate, stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles, step sand slider side rails, aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires.
Under the heavy-duty performance hood with centre scoop is the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine delivering 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque via a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Command-Trac 4x4 system features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.
An Off-Road Plus button allows drivers to 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. And debuting later this year, it will be possible—for the first time on a Jeep—to lock the rear axle at high speeds while in “4H.”
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave will arrive in showrooms this spring.