There are quite a few pickup trucks around these days that like to shout about their off-road credentials and some of them a pretty capable. However, if you want a pickup truck that can go places a mountain goat might think twice about then there’s only one model that fits the bill, which is the awesome 2022 Jeep Gladiator. Some pickups can tow more, haul more, and are may even be a little more luxurious for riding around the streets and roads around Saskatoon and Regina, but none of them deliver the kind of off-road capability the Jeep Gladiator takes in its stride when the going gets really tough.
There’s no getting away from the fact the Gladiator is instantly recognizable and you’re not going to mistake one for a pickup truck from any other brand, but there are still plenty of opportunities for tailoring the Gladiator to suit your own specific tastes and requirements. Creating your own unique Gladiator starts with a factory order and one of the first decisions you have to make is which trim level to go for as there are no fewer than seven different ones to choose from. The lineup starts with the entry-level Gladiator Sport S and then goes upwards through Willys, Black Appearance Package, Overland, Rubicon, Mojave, and finally to the range-topping High Altitude model.
There are two powerplants available for the 2022 Jeep Gladiator and the standard unit across the entire lineup is Jeep’s tried and tested 3.6-litre Pentastar V-6 that develops 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine comes mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission with all trim levels other than the top-of-the-range High Altitude, and that model comes standard with an eight-speed automatic that’s available as an option for each of the other six trim levels. And of course, there’s no such thing as a two-wheel-drive Gladiator as every model apart from the Rubicon comes with Jeep’s Command-Trac part-time shift-on-the-fly 4×4 system. The Rubicon instead comes with an even more advanced Rock-Trac heavy-duty part-time 4×4 system with a 4:1 low range.
The alternative powerplant option is a 3.0-litre V-6 turbodiesel which then provides the Gladiator with 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque that goes to the wheels through that eight-speed automatic in all cases. You can have the turbodiesel V-6 with the Sport S, Willys, Overland and Rubicon trim levels, but it’s not available with the Black Appearance Package, Mojave, or the High Altitude versions of the 2022 Gladiator.
There’s a wide range of trim levels with different levels of standard equipment, with the entry-level Sport S coming with the likes of 17-inch Tech Silver aluminum wheels, Cloth front bucket seats, a 7-inch customizable full-colour in-cluster display centre, air conditioning, an Alpine premium audio system, the Uconnect 4 multimedia centre with a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a ParkView rear back-up camera.
If you go to the other end of the lineup, the High Altitude comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a body-colour Freedom Top 3-piece hardtop, 20-inch fully-painted Gloss Black aluminum wheels, auto LED headlamps, and Uconnect 4C NAV multimedia centre with a large 8.4-inch touchscreen.
The 2022 Jeep Gladiator brings an entirely new level of off-road capability to the midsize pickup truck segment and there are places and occasions where the Gladiator is likely to be the only pickup in the market that can get the job done. Don’t take our word for it though, come and see for yourself by having a test drive with us here at Mainline Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram located at 505 Highway #7 West, Rosetown, SK. For more information about pricing, availability, and placing a factory order for a new Jeep Gladiator, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling on (306) 882-6000.