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When the new Jeep Gladiator is going on sale in South Africa

Jeep has announced that the updated Gladiator bakkie is coming to South Africa, but aspiring owners will have to wait a little while.

The facelifted double cab is currently slated to go on sale in the third quarter of 2024, as Jeep’s parent company Stellantis has not finalized the production schedule for the new vehicle.

What to expect

The Gladiator has been in South Africa for little over a year, having launched in June 2022, and is available at a starting price of R1,329,900 making it the second most expensive bakkie in the country after the recently-unveiled Ineos Quartermaster.

While it hasn’t been in local showrooms for very long in the grand scheme of things, the Gladiator was actually launched in other markets as far back as 2019, meaning that the 2024 iteration will be its mid-life facelift.

The incoming model was first shown off in the United States at the 2023 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where visitors got a glimpse of what they can expect.

Naturally, the facelift entails a few cosmetic changes, starting with a revised seven-slot black grille with smaller gaps, which Jeep claims are better for cooling.

This is complemented by a new set of alloy wheel designs meant to accommodate tyres up to 33 inches, as well as a new “stealth” antenna that is integrated into the front windshield – replacing the previous mast antenna.

The big change to the interior is an updated infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which now measures 12.3 inches across.

The hands-free voice recognition functions have also been improved, and the Bluetooth settings can now connect to two devices at once, said the company.

Other enhancements include revamped safety options, as the bakkie now has curtain airbags for both the first and second-row seats, and the body itself has been reinforced to provide better side-impact protection.

This is all in addition to the features currently associated with the double cab, such as its ability to detach body panels like the doors and roof for a more immersive outdoor experience.

Since the 2024 model will be a facelift, rather than a brand-new unit, the Gladiator will retain its 3.6-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which generates a total of 209kW and 347Nm.

2024 Jeep Gladiator


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