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Refreshed 2024 Jeep Gladiator introduced at 2023 NAIAS

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The 2024 Jeep Gladiator gets a refresh for the upcoming model year. And if you’ve followed the changes to the 2024 Wrangler, what you see here should not be a surprise. Design and tech tweaks for the midsize truck will be similar. Our one disappointment, Gladiator still doesn’t get a 4XE trim.

Here’s a quick look at the biggest changes.

X marks the spot

New for 2024, Gladiator gets Mojave X and Rubicon X trims, which have more standard off-road features. This includes a full-time transfer case, integrated off-road camera and front and rear steel bumpers.

The Gladiator Willys also gets upgraded with a standard Tru-Lok rear axle, Off-Road+ mode (allows you to use the rear locker in 4HI) and trailer tow with programmable auxiliary switches.

Diesel dropped, MT remains

Jeep simplified the powertrain options for 2024, and the only engine is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with the stop/start feature. It delivers 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The last model year for the diesel is 2023, so if you still want it, there’s a little time left to get one. It gets a $4,150 up-charge and can be found starting on the Willys Sport trim.

The 2024 Gladiator does retain the 6-speed manual transmission, which makes it only one of two trucks that still offer a stick shift. One most trims, it is the base transmission. The secondary transmission is an 8-speed automatic, which adds $2k to the bottom line.

2024 Jeep Gladiator

Design tweaks

You’ll see the same design tweaks the 2024 Wrangler got. On the exterior the big changes include a new grille and a stealth antenna integrated into the windshield. Plus, you’ll see a new exterior paint color: Anvil.

The interior gets more soft-touch surfaces and a new AMPS bracket on the dash for mounting electronic accessories. The biggest change, however, will be the new 12.3-inch touch screen and new air-vent configuration on the center stack.

Jeep Adventure Guides, other tech features

In addition to Uconnect 5, the 2024 Jeep Gladiator will offer things like wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, simultaneous connectivity for two Bluetooth-enabled phones and over-the-air updates.

One of the coolest tech updates includes the Jeep Adventure Guides featuring Trails Offroad. This offers detailed maps and guides for 62 Jeep Badge of Honor trails, and an upgraded subscription provides access to Trails Offroad’s full catalog of 3,000+ trail guides.

2024 Jeep Gladiator

Electrification coming, probably

Though Jeep didn’t make any mention of adding a 4XE powertrain to Gladiator, it said its entire lineup will be electrified by 2035. That could mean Gladiator will get a straight hybrid option, but it could mean the plug-in-hybrid 4XE is coming.

Then again, it could also mean this is the last hurrah for the Jeep Gladiator, and it’ll wind down after this current cycle.

The bottom line

The 2024 Jeep Gladiator gets some nice tech additions while maintaining its incredible off-road capability. Sitting in the midsize truck segment, the Gladiator is a unique option for those who want a truck with off-road chops. From desert racing trims to rock crawlers to luxury cruisers, there’s a Gladiator to suit most customer’s needs. Now if it would only bring that 4XE to market …

Want all the details on the new Gladiator, visit the full press release.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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