2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave promises more speed in the dirt

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Made for speed in the sand.


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As much as I dig scrambling up a pile of rocks in low-range four-wheel drive, I much prefer bombing through the whoops, maxing out an off-roader’s suspension travel and hauling ass across the sand. You know, the sort of stuff the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2s and Ford F-150 Raptors of the world do best. Now, however, Jeep
is getting in on the fun.

Debuting Thursday at both the Chicago Auto Show and the King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley, California, Jeep presents the Gladiator Mojave, wearing the company’s first Desert Rated badge. You’re no doubt familiar with Trail Rated already — a badge affixed to the Jeep’s SUVs that are able to tackle the slow-speed rock obstacles. This new badge, however, signifies this truck can handle the fast and dirty stuff.

No, I haven’t driven the Mojave, but if the equipment on this