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2024 Jeep Gladiator Refresh Spotted For First Time

Back in January 2022, Ford Authority spotted The Blue Oval benchmarking a Jeep Gladiator – the pickup version of the long-running Wrangler SUV – for the third time. This was particularly notable as Ford reportedly canceled its plans to build a Ford Bronco pickup back in 2021 after many believed that such a model was in fact in the works. But while a Bronco pickup would seemingly make a lot of sense in Ford’s lineup as a proper Gladiator rival, that same model is set to receive a refresh for the 2024 model year, right alongside the already-revealed 2024 Wrangler. Now, Ford Authority has spotted that refreshed 2024 Jeep Gladiator for the very first time, giving us a sneak preview of what to expect from the rugged, open-air pickup.

Rather than a Bronco with a bed, the 2024 Jeep Gladiator will continued to compete against the Ford Ranger – another mid-size pickup that is all new for the 2024 model year in North America. The Gladiator won’t be getting any sort of major redesign, however, and will soldier on with a few minor yet notable changes for its mid-cycle refresh, just like the Wrangler.

This prototype looks to be a High Altitude model, given its body-color bumpers and fenders, and it isn’t wearing any sort of camouflage on the outside. This gives us a good look at its new front grille with more distinctive slots and mesh backing, while the headlights have also been incorporated into the grille rather than resting on top of flat bodywork.

The interior of this 2024 Jeep Gladiator prototype does employ some substantial camo to cover up changes to the dashboard, instrument cluster, center stack, and infotainment screen, though we do know that the 2024 Wrangler comes equipped with a new, standard 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, running Uconnect 5 software. Jeep has also added soft touch materials and contrast stitching to the instrument panel, as well as its Trails Offroad feature. In this case, the seats are also covered, which means Jeep may want to hide the new power seats and/or the side impact airbags present in the 2024 Wrangler.

It’s unclear what other sorts of updates might be in store for the 2024 Gladiator, though the Wrangler may provide some clues. In terms of trims, the SUV variant gets a new entry-level plug-in hybrid Sport S 4xe model, while the Rubicon X resides in the lineup above the regular 4xe. All 4xe models get what Jeep calls the “Power Box,” which supplies 30 amps of electricity via four 120-volt outlets. Across the rest of the lineup, the Rubicon gets a full-float Dana rear axle for 2024, while Willys models receive standard 33-inch tires, steel rock rails, and a locking rear differential.

Jeep hasn’t yet formally announced pricing for the 2024 Wrangler, so it’s unclear if it or the refreshed Gladiator will receive any sort of increase to accompany these updates. However, we should know much more about both Blue Oval competitors in the very near future.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Metz

    Why would it need camo if it were hiding nothing?

  2. YesIDid

    French Blue gen 4

  3. RWFA

    LoL is that bumper recycled from the Plymouth prowler?

  4. John C

    Somebody wake me up when something exciting happens because this news is a snooze fest!


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