Known for its “Trail Rated” capability, the Jeep® brand introduced the Jeep Gladiator (JT) in 2019 with much excitement. Following in the footsteps of the iconic Wrangler, the Gladiator quickly earned praise for its off-road prowess. But that wasn’t enough for the Jeep brand, so halfway through the 2020 model year, they announced the introduction of the Jeep Gladiator Mojave – the first Jeep vehicle to carry the brand’s newly minted “Desert Rated” badge.
Jeep Gladiator Mojave represents the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance in sand environments, courtesy of the brand’s renowned 4×4 system with significant suspension upgrades and extensive testing over harsh sand and desert terrain for vehicle durability and protection. Gladiator Mojave models feature new, specially-tuned FOX™ 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a reinforced frame, a 1-inch front suspension lift with a silver front skid plate, stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles, aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain tires.
The starting point for the Mojave is Gladiator’s proven Command-Trac 4×4 system from the Gladiator Overland, which features a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, and heavy-duty third-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a 4.10:1 axle ratio and standard electronic-locking rear differential. The Jeep Command-Trac 4×4 system is used to provide higher 4LO (low range) operating speeds for climbing sand dunes and other challenging desert events.
The Jeep Gladiator Mojave’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features Engine Stop-Start (ESS) as standard equipment. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, an essential trait needed for extreme off-roading. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and 8-speed automatic transmission is optional.
We recently spent a week with the Gladiator Mojave and found that it was the best everyday package that the Gladiator has to offer. The FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks offer an amazing ride on backroads or those harsh Michigan pothole-ridden highways and with its Sport Performance Hood has a more aggressive appearance than the other Gladiator offerings.
While the Gladiator Mojave has been offered in the United States and Canada, it has yet to be sold elsewhere, until now. Jeep Mexico has announced that the Gladiator Mojave will be available as a limited-edition model for the Mexican marketplace. According to Jeep Mexico, it will only be available in “Manta-Ray” Gray (also known as Sting-Gray in the United States and Canada) with a black leather interior with the Mojave’s signature orange accents.
The limited-edition Mexico-spec 2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave will have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,265,900 pesos (or about $62,238 USD). It slots in right between the Overland and Rubicon models and is available for purchase right now from a participating Jeep Mexico dealer.