We figured out this 7 days that some of the new-motor vehicle exuberance has dimmed a bit for the Jeep Gladiator, which is now getting presented with up to $nine,000 in incentives to offset the significant charges that have meant lackluster product sales. Jeep also seems eager to diversify its packaging, to produce the suitable Gladiator for all people. Very last 7 days at the Chicago Vehicle Display we achieved the leather-based-lined Gladiator Superior Altitude, together with the Gladiator Mojave, a doors-off, roof-long gone, significant-velocity competitor to the Ford F-one hundred fifty Raptor. Now our spy photographer has spotted a likewise kitted Gladiator referred to as the Sand Runner.
They have loads of sand in the Mojave, so what’s the distinction, if any, between these rigs? The Sand Runner seems to have the exact Fox remote-reservoir shocks as the Mojave — we can only believe they share the Mojave’s options, which are stiffer than other Gladiators. Both of those have a hood scoop. Just one little distinction: The Mojave rolled on to the Chicago demonstrate ground with 33-inch Falken Wildpeak A/T all-terrain tires, and our shooter states the Sand Runner seems to be shod in Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/As, while he could not detect the size. The wheels are also diverse than those presented on other Gladiators.
Most intriguing, even though the Mojave wears a new “Desert Rated” badge, the Sand Runner has Jeep’s regular “Path Rated” designation. Jeep states “Desert Rated” denotes a car that meets the firm’s specific criteria for quickly desert driving, which include a test on a new desert portion of Jeep’s proving grounds, and “Path Rated” only applies to autos that satisfy the criteria for lower-velocity off-highway driving. (You’d assume Sand Runner would be the more quickly of the two, but we digress.)
Normally, the Sand Runner is performed up in Gobi clearcoat with body-colour fenders and roof just like the Chicago Mojave, and they share other visual cues suitable down to the orange tow hooks. Our spy shooter failed to get a glance inside.
Maybe the Gladiator Sand Runner is a desert setup which is slightly a lot less capable than the Mojave? And probably slightly a lot less high-priced, due to the fact we now know Gladiator pricing is a discomfort point with consumers? Regardless of what it is, due to the fact it truly is not putting on the slightest shred of camo, we will very likely find out much more before long.