The Jeep® Gladiator (JT) is about to enter its fourth year in production at the Toledo Assembly Complex – South. As the brand’s most off-road capable pickup ever, the Gladiator hopes to continue its success going into the 2023 model year.
Back in July, our dealer connections gave us a preview of some of the changes for the 2023 Jeep Gladiator early. However, now we have Jeep’s official statement about the changes for the 2023 model year and we figured we would go over them in detail. That includes the all-new 2023 Jeep Gladiator Freedom special edition model.
New for 2023 –
- All Gladiator models sold in the U.S. will now wear Gladiator decals with the American flag on each front fender.
- High-Velocity Yellow (PJF) exterior color replaces the popular Snazzberry (PRV) exterior color. It will be available on all 2023 Gladiator models (except High Altitude) and will have a MSRP of $395.
Trims For 2023 –
For the 2023 model year, there will be 9 trim levels available. All 2023 Gladiator models will have a $1,595 destination charge, so the starting MSRP listings below include that charge.
- Sport – $37,375
- Willys Sport – $40,080
- Sport S – $41,170
- Freedom (Limited Edition) – $46,465
- Willys – $45,215
- Overland – $46,975
- Rubicon – $49,715
- Mojave – $49,320
- High Altitude – $54,475
Trim Changes (Updated) –
Gladiator Sport & Sport S (Manual) – three packages (23B), (24B), & (23S) will now have Overland’s front bumper with accent color (MBA) as standard equipment for 2023.
Gladiator Sport S (2TS) – the (2TS) package will no longer have standard body-color fender flares (MM3). Body-color fenders will be optional in the Convenience Group (ADC) for 2TS. Manual MAX payload will also have an increase of 10 lbs. to 1,710 lbs.
Willys (2TW) – Willys (2TW) package will now feature a standard technology package (AAN) to include Proximity Keyless Entry, Remote Start, Garage Door Opener, and a 7-inch TFT screen.
Freedom (2TF) – We have learned that the Freedom model will be built from September to November 2022, with only 2,000 models planned for production. The package features Black aluminum wheels (WFP), premium LED lighting (AGA), steel front bumper (MC6), steel rear bumper (MD6), rock rails (MEF), American flag decals (MVF), Oscar Mike badge (MG9), Leather with trimmed cloth bucket seats (*LL), and Black fender decals (MPQ). The package will have an MSRP of $3,295 over the standard Sport S model.
High Altitude Capability Package (ACP) for (2TN) – A new package (ACP) is now available on High Altitude (2TN) for 2023. It includes a steel front bumper (MC6), rock rails (XGS), front off-road camera (XNY), and painted rear bumper (MBC). The package will have an MSRP of $1,795.
Powertrain options will remain the same for 2023. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with Engine Stop/Start (ESS) remains started across the lineup, while the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 with ESS is optional.
Gladiator continues to be one of the few midsize pickups to offer a 6-speed manual transmission in addition to its available 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The 6-speed is standard on Sport, Willys Sport, Sport S, Willys, Rubicon, and Mojave models for 2023.
The standard Pentastar V6 delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque to the Gladiator. It was engineered to provide a board torque band, which is great on the trail. Those models equipped with the Pentastar feature up to 1,710 pounds of payload and up to 7,700 pounds of towing capacity with the available Max Towing Package.
The optional EcoDiesel V6 puts out 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. To handle greater torque loads, the EcoDiesel is paired up with the ZF-sourced 8HP75 8-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low-RPM shifts. The change to diesel will set you back $4,000 for the EcoDiesel and $500 for the 8-speed automatic transmission.
The EcoDiesel is not available on Sport, Freedom, or Mojave models and does not feature a manual transmission option.
Equipped with a versatile box, a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, and electronic lockers, Gladiator is built to handle the demands of an active lifestyle while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is unmistakably Jeep.
While all but one Gladiators proudly wear the “Trail Rated®” badge, it means that the Gladiator is ready to tackle any terrain ahead. Being Trail Rated means that the vehicle has succeeded against a series of grueling tests in five categories: Traction, Water Fording, Maneuverability, Articulation, and Ground Clearance.
The capable driveline of the Sport-based and Overland-based models include the Command-Trac NV241 part-time, two-speed transfer case, which features a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. In addition, an optional Trac-Lok limited-slip rear differential provides extra torque and grip in low-traction environments, such as sand, mud or snow.
The king of the off-road variants, is the Rubicon. Rubicon models give Gladiator off-road-oriented features like the Rock-Trac NV241OR two-speed transfer case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio. Gladiator Rubicon also includes electric front and rear locking differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar, off-road winch-capable bumpers with removable end caps and 33-inch tires, taking the Gladiator to the highest level of capability.
If rock crawling isn’t your forte, then the Gladiator Mojave might be up your alley. The Mojave is the first “Desert Rated” Jeep vehicle, meaning it has surpassed Jeep’s tests of five categories, Traction, Desert Durability, Ride Control & Stability, Mobile & Responsive, and Ground Clearance.
Mojave is equipped with high-performance FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with reservoirs and industry-first FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers to maximize handling in addition to a rear locking differential and 33-inch tires.
Gladiator offers a full-time two-speed transfer case across the lineup that is intuitive and allows the driver to set it and forget it, while constantly sending power to the front and rear wheels. The Selec-Trac transfer case with full-time four-wheel drive and a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio is available on Sport, Overland and Mojave, while the Rock-Trac Full-Time transfer case with a 4:1 low-range gear ratio is available on Rubicon.
Technology & Safety –
A multitude of technology features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and safety features, such as Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection, adaptive cruise control and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, enhance Gladiator’s appeal. Combining traditional Jeep attributes with strong truck credentials, the Jeep Gladiator is a unique vehicle with unsurpassed capability.
Standard electronic stability control (ESC), Electronic Roll Mitigation, trailer-sway control, Hill-start Assist and brake traction control are among more than 80 available safety and security features.
For 2023, there will be a total of 9 exterior color choices for the entire model year. Those colors include the following…
- Black (PX8)
- Bright White (PW7)
- Firecracker Red (PRC)
- Granite Crystal (PAU)
- High-Velocity (PJF)
- Hydro Blue (PBJ)
- Sarge Green (PGG)
- Silver Zynith (PSE)
- Sting Gray (PDN)
The Bright White exterior color is available at no charge, while all other colors will set you back an extra $395.
There will also be two limited colors throughout the year. The first is the new Earl (PGP), a color that is available throughout the entire year on Wrangler. Earl will be launched on January 2nd, 2023, so there will be a while to wait for Gladiator fans. The other limited edition color will be the return of the famed Punk’n. Punk’n fans, you will have to wait a full year as the color is scheduled to return to the lineup on August 28th, 2023.
Amid the standard Softtop, Hardtop, and body-color Hardtop options, a customer can choose the Sunrider Flip Top for Hardtop, available on all Gladiator models, offers a front-row soft top that quickly and easily flips back for an enhanced open-air driving experience.
The available Dual-Door Group, with base or premium uppers, includes both full and half doors. Full-steel production doors are installed on the Gladiator while matching body-color half doors are conveniently packaged within the vehicle. Engineered, tested and backed by the factory, the new half-door option enhances the Jeep Gladiator driving experience with production styling, security and occupant protection. With lower window ledges, new half doors provide improved visibility while maneuvering on- and off-road.
Admit the announcements from Jeep, they have also updated their Build & Price configurator for the 2023 Jeep Gladiator on Jeep.com.
For more information about the 2023 Jeep Gladiator, contact your local Jeep dealer.