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Jeep Gladiator 2021: American-scale ute gets simplified range, more carrying capacity

 

Jeep has made some running tweaks to the tough and boutique Gladiator ute range in Australia.


The 2021 Jeep Gladiator has seen some modifications to the lineup to make it more useful and simplify the range.

Jeep has added a new entry-level model, the Night Eagle, mirroring changes made to the Wrangler lineup. It packs more standard features than the old Sport S and brings the price of entry up by $3,000 to $68,450 before on-roads.

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Jeep has added a new Night Eagle base model to the Australian Gladiator range.

The 2021 range also loses the Gladiator Overland, a more on-road focused variant. The only other choice for buyers is the rough-and-tumble Rubicon for $76,950 (up $500). 

This is still one of the most distinctive dual-cab utes on the market. To add some substance to the Gladiator, Jeep has made adjustments to the suspension resulting in an increased payload. 

The new number is admittedly still a way off one-tonne utes like the Ford Ranger and Isuzu D-Max, but at 693kg, it’s far more useful than the 527kg before the update. 

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The rough-and-tumble Rubicon benefits from an increased payload for 2021.

The new Gladiator Night Eagle

Jeep says the Night Eagle is targeted at the ‘urban adventurer’. I therefore includes a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and premium cloth-appointed seats.

Outside, the Night Eagle looks tougher than the Sport S thanks to new black trim on the grille and other exterior trim and 17-inch alloys finished in the same shade. Finally, a shorter 4.10 final drive ratio has been fitted to the open rear differential of the Night Eagle.

Additionally, buyers can option a Lifestyle package. For $2,950 it adds a spray-in bed liner, roll-back tonneau cover, lockable under-seat storage, auxiliary switches and a 700-amp battery.

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The Jeep Gladiator range offers typically wild paint colour choices to buyers.

For 2021 the Rubicon also benefits from some changes to justify the $500 premium. These include heated leather-appointed front seats and a heated steering wheel.

A Rubicon premium package is available with body colour fender flares and hardtop for $2,950, while the trail-ready pack fits smaller 17-inch alloy wheels in black and a steel front bumper.

The same 3.6L naturally-aspirated V6 engine sends 209kW of power and 347Nm to all four wheels via an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

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For 2021, the range-topping Rubicon also benefits from a heated steering wheel and front seats.

The updated Jeep Gladiator dual-cab range in available to order in Australia now.

2021 Jeep Gladiator: pricing in Australia

Prices listed are before on-road costs and options.

  • Gladiator Night Eagle Auto – $68,450 (up $3,000)
  • Gladiator Rubicon Auto – $76,950 (up $500)
  • Lifestyle pack – $2,950
  • Rubicon premium pack – $2,950
  • Trail-ready pack – $2,000