Monday, 20 July 2020 10:02

Gladiator set to commence battle

Written by  Mark Daniel
The new Jeep Gladiator is due to arrive on the NZ market in August. The new Jeep Gladiator is due to arrive on the NZ market in August.

The new Jeep Gladiator is due to arrive on the NZ market in August.

This will mark the return of a nameplate that was first introduced in 1963. 

Available in the range-topping Rubicon and refined Overland versions, the dual-cab layout features a durable, all-steel load bed that will make it of interest to rural drivers who want something a little different.

Both models feature the well-respected 3.6 litre Pentastar petrol engine that produces 209kW and 347Nm torque. It is mated to an 8-speed, ZF-sourced, automatic transmission. 

Like the Jeep JL Wrangler, the three-piece hard top roof can be removed for those seeking a little fresh air, along with the doors for those looking to take things to the extreme.

Depending on the model, cloth or leather seats feature accent stitching, lumbar support and a heated seat option. A range of nine colours include two exclusive Gladiator hues called Gobi and Gator.

As part of an integral safety package, which is said to include over 70 standard or available safety features, standouts include: forward collision warning plus; blind spot monitoring; rear cross traffic detection; forward facing off-road camera; parkview rear back-up camera; adaptive cruise control; and electronic stability control with electronic roll mitigation.

The Overland features 18-inch alloys, while the Rubicon takes 17-inch items shod with 32-inch BF Goodyear off-road tyres in a 225-75 format. 

Additionally, the Rubicon includes the Jeep Rock Trac Active, On-Demand 4x4 system, Tru-Lok front and rear locking diffs. It also comes with Fox 2-inch aluminium bodied shock absorbers and LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights.

Keep an eye out in a future Rural News when it hits the ground in NZ and we get to test drive this American icon.

More like this

The last of the Sports Cats

The launch of the Series 2 HSV SportsCat was an endorsement of the risky decision to take the performance brand into the crowded high-end ute market.

Golden eagle soars

The Jeep legend was born in WWII but it came of age in the 1970s with a Golden Eagle version of the Jeep CJ7.

National

Tatua smashes $10 barrier

Waikato milk processor Tatua says keeping products moving to overseas customers during the pandemic was one of the highlights of…

New regs boost Massey Ag course enrolments

Demand for expertise in sustainable nutrient management, environmental planning and improved freshwater outcomes has seen Massey University's range of agricultural…

Machinery & Products

Keeping everyone safe

As tractors get larger and front linkage kits become more common, many have started fitting underrun or collision protection systems.

Keeping stock and drivers safe

Livestock haulers are a crucial link in the New Zealand agriculture supply chain, transporting stock onto or between farms, to…

Making lamb marking easy

Designed by a sheep and beef farmer, Vetmarkers are made in New Zealand and sold around the world.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Flag it!

OPINION: Agriculture and Trade Minister Damien O'Connor tried to keep his latest overseas jaunt secret squirrel.

Oh dear!

OPINION: This old mutt suggests that farmers' growing discontent with Beef+Lamb NZ's performance is going to reach fever peak after…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter