2020 Jeep Gladiator ute now on sale in Australia, arrives May

Jeep Australia has confirmed it will be introducing the all-new Jeep Gladiator in a couple of months, giving the dual-cab 4×4 market another contender to consider. The Wrangler-based ute will come in as one of the most capable off-roaders in the class.

Two main variant levels will be introduced here, including the Overland and the Rubicon. A special Launch Edition is also being offered, but only 100 examples will go up for grabs. All are powered by the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine the produces 209kW and 347Nm, sent through an eight-speed auto.

Exclusive to the Launch Edition are a range of three paint colour options (Bright White, Diamond Black, Firecracker Red), with special 17-inch black aluminium wheels, a Rubicon steel front bumper, body-coloured wheel arches and hardtop, black leather trim, as well as the full Lifestyle Adventure package (see full list below).

For the Overland, buyers are treated to more of a luxury package, with 18-inch wheels, heated front seats, and Jeep’s Selec-Trac four-wheel drive system. It, like all three variants, also comes with an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a nine-speaker Alpine sound system.

Going for the Rubicon gets you the full off-road package, including Tru-Lok locking differentials front and rear, front sway-bar disconnect, Fox 2-inch diameter dampers, a forward-facing off-road camera, and 32-inch BFGoodrich tyres (255/75) mounted on 17-inch alloy wheels.

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The Jeep Gladiator will come in as a unique proposition for the local market as it is the only dual-cab 4×4 ute that features a removable roof. Australia will be the first right-hand drive market in the world to be offered the new model. Speaking about its local arrival, Kevin Flynn, Jeep Australia managing director, said:

“It is the ultimate enabler for people to find and make their own adventures. The excitement and anticipation for the Jeep Gladiator has been tremendous. It is undeniably a Jeep and has the versatility and functionality to meet all levels of adventure regardless of the terrain. It’s such a unique vehicle and I can’t wait for Australian’s to find their own adventure and experience the Jeep Gladiator.”

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is available to order now, with showroom arrival penned in for May. See below for the starting prices (excluding on-road costs), and further below for the highlight features for each variant.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland V6 auto: $75,450
2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon V6 auto: $76,450
2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition V6 auto: $86,450

Jeep Gladiator Overland:

  • McKinley Leather Seats with Overland logo
  • Jeep Selec-Trac Active On-Demand 4×4 system
  • Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel
  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Removable Body Colour Freedom Hard Top Roof
  • LED Headlights/Taillights/Day-Time Running Lights/Fog Lights
  • Forward Collision Warning Plus
  • Body Colour Fender Flares
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Remote Proximity Keyless Entry
  • 9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch Touchscreen with Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon:

  • Jeep Rock-Trac Active On-Demand II 4×4 system [4:1 Transfer Case]
  • Jeep Tru-Lok Front & Rear Locking Differentials
  • Front Sway-Bar Disconnect
  • FOX aluminium-bodied 2-inch diameter shocks [front/rear]
  • Forward-Facing TrailCam Off-Road Camera
  • Selectable Tyre-Fill Alert
  • 32” BFGoodrich Off-Road Tyres [255/75R17]
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels
  • LED Headlights/Taillights/Day-Time Running Lights/Fog Lights
  • Forward Collision Warning Plus
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Path Detection
  • Remote Proximity Keyless Entry
  • 9-Speaker Alpine Premium Audio System
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch Touchscreen with Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Options Packages

OVERLAND

Premium Paint: $1035

Lifestyle Adventure Package: $3835

  • Cargo Management Group with Trail Rail System
  • Lockable Rear under-seat Storage Bin
  • Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
  • Spray-In bedliner
  • Auxiliary Switch Bank (4 Programmable Switches) 240-Amp Alternator
  • 700-Amp Maintenance Free Battery
  • Wireless Speaker – Bluetooth

RUBICON

Lifestyle Adventure Package: $3835

  • Cargo Management Group with Trail Rail System
  • Lockable Rear Under-seat Storage Bin
  • ‘Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
  • Spray-in bedliner
  • Auxiliary Switch Bank (4 Programmable Switches)
  • 240-Amp Alternator
  • 700-Amp Maintenance Free Battery Wireless Speaker – Bluetooth

Rubicon Luxury Package: $2535

  • Black Leather Trim Seats
  • Body-Colour Fender Flares
  • Heated Front Seats & Steering Wheel

Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition:

  • Exclusive exterior colour option of Bright White, Diamond Black and Firecracker Red
  • Launch Edition Tailgate Badge
  • Leather-wrapped instrument panel with Rubicon red stitching
  • 17” Mid Gloss Black Aluminium Wheels
  • Rubicon Steel Front Bumper
  • Body-colour Fender Flares
  • Body-colour 3-Piece Hard Top
  • Black Leather Trim Seats
  • Heated Front Seats & Steering Wheel
  • Lifestyle Adventure Package

Lifestyle Adventure Package – as standard on the Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition:

  • Cargo Management Group with Trail Rail System
  • Lockable Rear Underseat Storage Bin
  • Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
  • Spray-In Bedliner
  • Auxiliary Switch Bank (4 Programmable Switches)
  • 240-Amp Alternator
  • 700-Amp Maintenance Free Battery
  • Wireless Speaker – Bluetooth

17” Black Wheels with Polished Lip: $975
Rubicon Steel Front Bumper: $1650
Body-Colour Three-Piece Hard Top: $1950
Premium Black Sunrider Soft Top: $3575
Premium Paint: $1035

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.