We learned this week that some of the new-car or truck exuberance has dimmed a little bit for the Jeep Gladiator, which is now staying supplied with up to $9,000 in incentives to offset the substantial selling prices that have meant lackluster gross sales. Jeep also would seem keen to diversify its packaging, to produce the ideal Gladiator for every person. Final 7 days at the Chicago Automobile Present we fulfilled the leather-based-lined Gladiator Higher Altitude, along with the Gladiator Mojave, a doorways-off, roof-gone, large-pace competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor. Now our spy photographer has spotted a likewise kitted Gladiator referred to as the Sand Runner.
They have heaps of sand in the Mojave, so what’s the variance, if any, in between these rigs? The Sand Runner seems to have the identical Fox remote-reservoir shocks as the Mojave — we can only presume they share the Mojave’s options, which are stiffer than other Gladiators. Equally have a hood scoop. A single compact distinction: The Mojave rolled onto the Chicago demonstrate floor with 33-inch Falken Wildpeak A/T all-terrain tires, and our shooter states the Sand Runner would seem to be shod in Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/As, nevertheless he could not detect the dimension. The wheels are also distinctive than people made available on other Gladiators.
Most intriguing, whilst the Mojave wears a new “Desert Rated” badge, the Sand Runner has Jeep’s traditional “Trail Rated” designation. Jeep says “Desert Rated” denotes a automobile that satisfies the company’s particular standards for quickly desert driving, together with a take a look at on a new desert portion of Jeep’s proving grounds, and “Trail Rated” only applies to automobiles that satisfy the standards for low-velocity off-road driving. (You would feel Sand Runner would be the speedier of the two, but we digress.)
Usually, the Sand Runner is accomplished up in Gobi clearcoat with body-coloration fenders and roof just like the Chicago Mojave, and they share other visible cues ideal down to the orange tow hooks. Our spy shooter didn’t get a look within.
Possibly the Gladiator Sand Runner is a desert set up that’s slightly fewer able than the Mojave? And probably a little bit a lot less high priced, considering the fact that we now know Gladiator pricing is a agony issue with customers? No matter what it is, due to the fact it is not putting on the slightest shred of camo, we’ll very likely find out far more soon.