The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave promises more speed on earth


Why is this thing on the pavement?

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As much as I dig up a lot of rocks in a low-range four-wheel drive, I prefer to bomb through the screams, maximize the off-road suspension trip and transport the ass through the sand. You know, the kind of things that Chevrolet Colorado ZR2s Y Ford F-150 Raptors The best in the world. Now, however, all terrain
He is getting into the fun.

He debuted on Thursday at both the Chicago Auto Show and the King of the Hammers In a race in Johnson Valley, California, Jeep introduces Gladiator Mojave, who bears the company's first badge Desert Rated. Without a doubt, you are already familiar with Trail Rated: a badge placed on the Jeep SUVs that can cope with low-speed rock obstacles. However, this new badge means that this truck can handle fast and dirty things.

No, I have not driven the Mojave, but the team in this Gladiator It is an indication, you are about to see many more of these trucks raising serious dust in the desert. The truck uses the Jeep Command-Trac four-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case and the Dana 44 heavy-duty front and rear axles. This system has a low range of 2.72: 1, which means it probably won't be as good at low speed things, more in a minute. On the other hand, however, this Gladiator will be able to maintain higher speeds while in low-range four-wheel drive, which should make it difficult to beat in the dunes, where momentum and torque can make a difference.

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The Command-Trac system means that the Mojave tracking ratio suffers a little at 57.3: 1 with the six-speed manual and 52.6: 1 for the eight-speed automatic. Those are not bad numbers, but pale compared to the Rubicon with its Rock-Trac four-wheel drive system, which has a tracking ratio of 84.2: 1 in the manual, 77.2: 1 with the automatic. However, when we look at the 41.4: 1 ratio in the gasoline-powered Chevrolet ZR2 or in the 36.2: 1 of the Toyota Tacoma, you can see that the Mojave should still be able to beat the competition.

But Mojave is not really about slow things. This is done to deal with those screams at high speed. As such, the Gladiator Mojave is equipped with 2.5-inch internal bypass Fox shocks with external reservoirs to keep the shock liquid cold. The Fox front hydraulic rebound bumpers provide some extra cushioning when those shock absorbers are close to total compression, preventing the Mojave from bottoming out and saving drivers' necks and backs in the process.

The 3.6-liter V6 with natural aspiration is transferred from the Standard gladiator with 285 horsepower and 260 lb / ft of torque. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine does not work, nor does the 3.0-liter diesel, although I would like to see a Mojave diesel that gives the Colorado ZR2 with Duramax engine a run for its money.

A front suspension lift of 1 inch and a total ground clearance of 11.6 inches means that the geometry of Gladiator Mojave actually improves a bit on the Rubicon, with an approach angle of 44.7 degrees and a breaking angle of 20.9 degrees . The starting angle is slightly below a Gladiator Rubicon, at 25.5 degrees.

One last nugget of goodness is the standard rear differential lock. In the Off-Road Plus driving mode, that locker can do its thing at high speed in the four-wheel drive of high range. Other Jeep products require drivers to be in a low range to activate lockers, and although this feature will not be available until later in the year, it's still pretty cool.

Like the Gladiator Rubicon, Mojave's Off-Road Plus driving mode also adjusts the transmission, traction control and throttle parameters, according to the driver's needs. In addition, the Mojave maintains the same 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain tires, with optional Mud-Terrains.

Inside, the Mojave is available in your choice of black or steel gray, with heavily reinforced front seats. Leather or fabric are available with orange contrast stitching. On the outside, this Gladiator receives the aforementioned badge, as well as a decal and unique wheels on the hood, along with sliding sand side rails and a high-performance bonnet.

Jeep has not published official price data, but I hope the Mojave has a premium on the initial Gladiator Rubicon price of $ 43,875. Look for it at dealerships in the second quarter of 2020.


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