While the Ford Bronco SUV is here to combat the Wrangler, the Blue Oval does not yet have a true off-roading mid-sizer to take on the Jeep Gladiator. While the Bronco truck is expected in the near future, we now know Jeep is rolling out two new Gladiator models thanks to the members of the Jeep Gladiator Forum.
According to the leaked dealer listing which was corroborated by several forum members, The 2021 Jeep Gladiator lineup will see the introduction of the Willys and 80th Anniversary Edition models to the pickup. In fact, some even suggested that the Willys Edition models are available for order now, while ordering for the 80th Anniversary Edition truck is rumored to begin in September.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys Edition is the more rugged of the two packages, featuring Jeep’s heavy-duty shocks and the Trac-Lok limited-slip differential. The bumper and the blacked out grille from the Overland models bring an aggressive look, as do the added Rubicon Rock rails, black exterior accents and wheels, body colored fenders, and Willys decals. The Gladiator Willys Edition starts at $39,240, and comes as standard with the Technology and Convenience Group packages. Should the added bit of tech not interest you, Jeep will also offer a Willys Sport without the added equipment for $35,245.
The 80th Anniversary Edition package is not as off-road focused as the Willys. Visual changes include body colored fender flares, gray exterior accents, 18-inch wheels, and some special edition badging. Inside buyers will find the 8.4-inch infotainment screen complete with the Premium Audio package. The 80th Anniversary Edition is slated to arrive with an MSRP of $41,740.
While Jeep has a new rival in the Ford Bronco, they aren’t done showing us why they have owned the segment for years. With these new special edition Gladiator models, Jeep is only giving buyers more reasons to consider the long-time king of the off-road trails.