It seems to be just like the 2024 Jeep Gladiator goes to bow with an identical set of upgrades seen on the ’24 Wrangler. Amazingly, our spy shooter captured this Gladiator pickup truck in a Kroger parking zone with nary a bit of exterior clothes in sight. The inside is extra prudish, masking itself up with black vinyl garb, however that’s just about all of the proof we have to affirm a Wrangler-esque improve on the within, as effectively.
Beginning on the entrance, Jeep’s iconic seven-slat grille will get an replace to maintain the Gladiator wanting trendy. It seems very related, if not an identical, to the grille of the refreshed Wrangler. Sadly, we will not see what’s behind that grille. It doesn’t seem that this non-camo’d preproduction Gladiator boasts a 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain, so we’re left questioning if that may ever present up. Similar story for the 392 V8 engine. And for the Wrangler’s optionally available 2.0-liter turbocharged 4. We might anticipate Jeep to proceed providing its tried-and-true 3.6-liter V6 engine, however we would like to see the Wrangler’s different powertrain choices make their solution to the truck. And we do not anticipate the EcoDiesel to return for 2024, however we’ll have to attend for affirmation.
We’re additionally left questioning if any variations of the refreshed Gladiator — the truck spied right here seems to be to be an upper-spec Excessive Altitude mannequin — will undertake the complete float rear axle that some 2024 Wranglers will get. Such a design would make sense for the pickup truck, as it is a extra sturdy unit that gives many advantages, together with a probably greater tow score, extra wheel and tire choices and higher flexibility for trailside repairs.
Inside, as we mentioned earlier, camouflage is masking mainly all the things. We see an automated transmission (leaving us to hope the Gladiator follows the Wrangler and retains the guide choice) and the anticipated switch case lever with four-high and four-low gearing. The Wrangler obtained a brand new sprint design with 12.3-inch widescreen infotainment setup working the most recent model of Jeep’s Uconnect 5 with customary wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and we anticipate that to come back to the Gladiator.
All in all, this seems to be to be a pleasant refresh of a well-liked midsize pickup truck — the one one that gives a Wrangler-style wind-in-the-hair expertise. Contemplating how shut this prototype seems to manufacturing, we do not anticipate to have to attend an excessive amount of longer for the official reveal. Here is hoping there are some extra surprises (underhood, largely) to stay up for.