No Rest for the Rock-Ready: What's New in the 2024 Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator Lineup?

Posted at Thu, Dec 28, 2023 4:29 AM

We have every good reason to keep our eyes on the Jeep lineup constantly here at Landmark Dodge of Morrow! As any driver who has rightfully decided to get serious about making their way to the wilderness has discovered, Jeeps are so customizable, capable, and authentic, that one can usually discover a mountaineer’s match made in heaven. Jeep has done an excellent job of doubling down on core models such as the Wrangler and Gladiator, fully avoiding becoming a complacent manufacturer.

The 2024 model year sees the introduction of the biggest round of upgrades to the JL generation Wrangler since it first stormed the scene in 2018. The Rubicon X joins the lineup and is ready for action courtesy of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or 3.6-liter V6. Everything from the most fun minimum maintenance roads to precise and demanding rock crawling will be easier courtesy of 35-inch tires, integrated off-road camera, and durable steel bumpers. The Wrangler 4XE now has an entry-level Sport S trim, and there’s a shiny-as-candy-cane new seven-slot grille at first sight.

There are 10 new wheel styles and a windshield-integrated radio antenna, which provides a more functional means of tucking in this always-visible yet very characteristic feature. Anvil gray and Bikini teal are two new choices of exterior color scheme, and inside there’s a brand-new 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Jeep’s Trails Offroad app is also now available, allowing you to download your state of interest to have extensive trail guides at your disposal within seconds.

This very cool technology has been featured by Popular Science and Forbes, and provides advanced search features, detailed route descriptions, detailed technical ratings, while even allowing you to ask questions to the guide author. There have also been detailed structural improvements to be better prepared for a sudden side crash, and other safety upgrades that include standard first and 2nd row side curtain airbags. Any external drive in desperate and sudden need of primo power can derive its juice from the new Jeep Power box, which can fully power an off-road trailer or other extras such as a fridge and freezer in the event of a power outage.

The 2024 Jeep Gladiator doubles down on backpack and compass duty while getting many of the same features as the Wrangler, including an updated 7-slot grille and an improved cooling system. There are also new wheel designs, the cool antennae integrated into the windshield, along with the Sport models now boasting a standard premium soft top. The premise of sound deadening was on the table for years when Jeep was able to enjoy a large growth spurt of loyal followers, and now that it is a reality, there’s a huge difference inside the cabin.

Voice commands are quite an asset when you are traversing the buildup to a cliff or just enjoying a spring-time open-air city cruise, and Jeep has fine-tuned its speech intelligibility for this model. The Gladiator has also now received some updates that are specifically geared toward rock crawlers and trail runners, with the Mojave X and Rubicon X sporting an integrated off-road camera, front and rear steel bumpers, and standard Nappa leather. The Gladiator possesses the serious demeanor of a tried-and-true truck, and its 3.6-liter 285-horsepower V-6 is the ideal and trusty guide for your next ultra-serious “away time.”

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