Across the auto industry, buyers are continuing to swap chrome for blacked out trim on their cars. Because of this, automakers are responding to demand by offering more black wheels, appearance packs and blacked out trim levels. Jeep, who seems to have more special editions and trim levels than anyone else, realizes this. The new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Altitude gives a blacked out look to the truck, which Jeep says is a direct response to customer demand. We’ve heard rumors this model is coming, and now it’s here.
Jeep already offers a Gladiator High Altitude model with blacked out trim, but it’s the truck’s most expensive and luxury focused trim level. Its $51,745 starting price is out of reach for many customers. Because of this, Jeep is using the more affordable Sport S model as a base for this new Altitude model.
Starting up front, the body color grille gets dark gray inserts in the signature seven slots and headlight housing. Fenders are all body color (unlike the Sport S, where they are black plastic), while all badging is black. The standard 18 inch Granite Crystal painted aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Dueler All-Terrain tires are plucked from the more expensive Overland and North Edition models. Finally, the exterior gets a black 3-piece Freedom hardtop standard.
Inside, the Jeep Gladiator Altitude gets standard black cloth seats with Wizard Black dash trim, continuing the blacked out look. Also standard is a 5.0 inch Uconnect 3 touchscreen infotainment, while both a 7.0 inch Uconnect 4 and a navigation-equipped 8.4 inch Uconnect 4 are optional.
The Jeep Gladiator Altitude will be available in Black, White, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, Granite Crystal, Sting Gray, Hydro Blue, Gator and Gobi exterior colors when it goes on sale in early Q3 of this year. Pricing starts at $40,340, but Employee Pricing For All currently has that lowered to $37,292.
If you’re interested in the Gladiator Altitude, the configurator is already live and you can spec out your ideal blacked out Jeep truck. We’ll take ours in Gator, please.