The Jeep® brand is known for its special edition buzz models. Back in January, we discussed the iconic American brand decision to release not one, but two new special editions of its popular Gladiator midsize pickup aimed at two unique markets in the United States. The first was the Gladiator California, which recently landed in showrooms in the “Golden State”. The other was aimed at the biggest pickup truck market in the country, Texas.
Taking a page from the Ram Truck brand’s playbook, Jeep is producing a Texas-only model with its new 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail Edition. Embracing the boldness of the “Lone Star State”, the Texas Trail Edition is based on the popular Sport S model while adding leather and some additional off-road goodies to the value-based package.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail includes the following standard equipment…
- 17-Inch x 7.5-Inch Black Aluminum Wheels
- 32-Inch LT255/75R17C Mud-Terrain Tires
- Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats with “Texas Trail” Embossed Logo
- Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
- Black Side Steps
- Black Freedom Hard Top®
- Body-Colored Fender Flares
- Trailer-Tow Group –
- 240-Amp Alternator
- Class IV Receiver Hitch
- Heavy-Duty Engine Cooling
- Trailer-Hitch Zoom
- Convenience Group –
- Universal Garage-Door Opener
- Technology Group –
- Air Conditioning with Automatic Temperature Control
- Apple CarPlay®
- 7-Inch Uconnect® Touchscreen Infotainment System
- Google Android Auto™
- Integrated Center-Stack Radio
- Selectable Tire-Fill Alert
- USB Host Flip
With Jeep’s Command-Trac 4×4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, the Gladiator Texas Trail is aimed more for off-road capability than the Gladiator California. Based on the Gladiator Sport S model, the Texas Trail offers an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality, versatility, and value.
The unique Texas Trail hood and tailgate decals include the year 1836 as a nod to the Texas Declaration of Independence. The “Trail Rated” badge proudly worn on the Gladiator Texas Trail indicates that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions, identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories…
- ) Traction
- ) Ground Clearance
- ) Maneuverability
- ) Articulation
- ) Water Fording
Under the hood, is the customer’s choice of either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque or the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine delivering 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. The Pentastar is available with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission, while the EcoDiesel comes standard with an 8-speed automatic.
The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 exterior colors, Black Clear-Coat, Granite Crystal, Sarge Green, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas Jeep dealers. The Texas Trail model shown is available as of the writing of this article at Clear Lake Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat in Webster, Texas.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail celebrates the addition of two Texas trails to the Jeep Badge of Honor program. The industry-exclusive Jeep Badge of Honor mobile app allows off-road enthusiasts to conquer trails and earn unique trail badges for their Jeep vehicles. Texas is now home to two Badge of Honor trails, including Black Gap 4×4 trail in Big Bend National Park and Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport, Texas.