In 2021, the Jeep® Gladiator (JT) roared into the automotive scene, capturing hearts with its rugged charm and versatile capabilities. Combining the practicality of a pickup truck with the adventurous spirit of a Jeep, it quickly became a symbol of limitless exploration. However, the road to the future is electric, and as part of Jeep’s ambitious electrification strategy, the brand has bid adieu to the Gladiator in Europe with a spectacular farewell: the unique “FarOut” Final Edition.
“The Jeep Gladiator is the most iconic Jeep truck,” stated Eric Laforge, Head of Jeep Brand in Europe. “And the FarOut Final Edition represents the proper tribute to its popularity and success. The Jeep Brand’s priority is now the electrification of the entire lineup with an additional three new fully electric vehicles that will be launched in Europe within 2025.”
Jeep’s return to the pickup segment in Europe, nearly 30 years after the last Jeep truck offering, marked a significant milestone. The Gladiator rekindled a tradition that dates back to 1947 when Willys Overland introduced a one-ton truck with four-wheel drive based on the CJ-2A. From that point, Jeep’s pickup legacy endured for almost half a century, characterized by robustness, versatility, and reliability. The Gladiator revived this heritage, offering a highly versatile pickup with a distinct lifestyle appeal, sharing the DNA of the Jeep Wrangler in terms of unmatched all-terrain capability and open-air freedom. Simultaneously, it incorporated advanced technology, a potent and dependable engine, convenience, functionality, and cargo-carrying flexibility, embodying the quintessential “go anywhere, do anything” ethos.
The FarOut Final Edition, built on the Jeep Gladiator Overland trim (unlike the American version, which is based on the Rubicon), exudes a rugged, distinguished design adorned with traditional Jeep elements, including the iconic seven-slot grille inherited from the Wrangler. A “FarOut Edition” metallic plaque on the tailgate and black freedom fender decals above the wheel arches add personality to this special version. The Jeep Gladiator FarOut also boasts standard deep-tint sunscreen glass and 18-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels with gloss black paint, while Mopar black tubular side steps enhance functionality and practicality. To facilitate open-air adventures, a body-color 3-piece hardtop and the Mopar hard top headliner are standard features.
Inside, the Jeep Gladiator offers numerous storage compartments, combining authentic styling, comfort, and versatility. Its fully washable interiors set it apart in the segment. The FarOut edition elevates the interior with premium McKinley leather seats, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard. Additionally, a protective Spray-In Bedliner ensures cargo security while allowing for further customization.
Functionality and user-friendly features define the Jeep Gladiator, and these have been enhanced in the FarOut Final Edition, including a standard 9-speaker Premium Alpine Audio System with a rear subwoofer, LED lights, passive entry, and the smoker’s group. Safety is paramount, with features such as the Security alarm, Blind Spot Detection, Full-speed forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beam headlamp control.
In alignment with Jeep’s simplification strategy, two packs are available to further customize the Jeep Gladiator FarOut: the Cargo Group (featuring a lockable Rear Underseat Storage, 400-watt inverter, and 230-volt AC Outlet) and the Dual Top Group (combining the soft top with the hard top). Standalone options include an off-road camera, front and rear view, roll-up tonneau cover, and hard tri-fold. The color palette offers seven exterior options: Bright White, Black, High Velocity, Silver Zynith, Sting Grey, Sarge Green, and Hydro Blue.
Powering the Jeep Gladiator FarOut is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, offering up to 194 kW (260 horsepower) at 3.600 rpm and an impressive maximum torque of 600 Nm (442 lb.-ft.) at 1.400 rpm. This engine is mated to a TorqueFlite 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission, ensuring optimal engine output, whether conquering off-road trails or cruising on the highway. The Jeep Gladiator also features a 3.73 axle ratio and the Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, a shift-on-the-fly system providing full-time capability and security.
Enthusiasts and adventurers alike can place their orders for the Jeep Gladiator FarOut at all Jeep dealers and on the brand’s website. This farewell to the Gladiator in Europe marks a significant step in Jeep’s electrification journey, with three fully-electric vehicles, including the Recon and Wagoneer-S, set to hit the market by 2025. By the end of 2030, the Jeep brand’s European sales will be 100% pure electric, aligning with Stellantis’ net-zero carbon goals. While the European road may be bidding adieu to the Gladiator, the spirit of adventure and innovation continues to drive Jeep forward into an electrified future.