The Jeep Gladiator Mojave expanded the off-road ability of the Jeep brand with the “Desert Rated” badge. Now, hard-core off-road Jeeps can specialize in different terrain. Considering Jeep offers both a Gladiator and Wrangler Rubicon, it would make sense to give the Wrangler the Mojave treatment. According to MoparInsiders, FCA will indeed bring a Jeep Wrangler Mojave this year.
Set to be available in the 2021 model year, this is actually the second time the Mojave name has been on the Wrangler. The last model was in 2011, but was more of an appearance package than anything else. This new Mojave will have the off-road credentials needed to wear the Desert Rated badge.
The vehicle will share most of the internals and bespoke Mojave components with the Gladiator. This includes beefed up axles, special Fox internal bypass dampers, Fox hydraulic jounce bumpers, a wider track and one inch lift. Expect the Mojave decals and overall appearance to carry over, too.
Like its Gladiator sibling, the Wrangler Mojave will have its sights on conquering the desert. Those trick shocks should make it ride smoothly at high speed over undulations in the sand, and land with stability over jumps. Locking differentials should also allow the Wrangler to tackle low speed dune crawling just as well as the high speed stuff.
Interestingly, MoparInsiders’ source says the Pentastar V6 will not be available in the Wrangler Mojave. Instead, only the two liter four cylinder will be on offer. Just like the Rubicon, this will be available with a six-speed manual or eight speed ZF automatic with the mild hybrid eTourque system. For a vehicle with a high speed off road focus, we are surprised Jeep isn’t expected to offer the more powerful V6 on the Wrangler Mojave. Although we’re sure it has to do with the need to save weight. Because, like on the race track, weight is the enemy when taking things off-road, as well.
The Wrangler Mojave should be revealed later this year, assuming Coronavirus doesn’t mess with yet another Jeep reveal. A two door or four door Wrangler Mojave should be on offer. Pricing should fall in line with the four-banger Wrangler Rubicon, as the Gladiator Mojave and Rubicon are similarly priced.