The long awaited Jeep Gladiator has arrived in local showrooms in limited numbers as the first batch of vehicles cleared quarantine and were delivered to dealerships across Australia only a few weeks later than planned.
CarAdvice has spotted a handful of examples of the Jeep Gladiator at a number of dealerships and was quoted anywhere from $85,000 drive-away to $95,000 drive-away.
This is about $10,000 more than the RRP for each of the three models, which covers dealer delivery charges, stamp duty, registration and compulsory third-party insurance.
Dealers contacted by CarAdvice said it was unlikely the Jeep Gladiator would be discounted anytime soon given the limited supply of vehicles initially.
There are currently three models in the Jeep Gladiator line-up: Overland ($75,450 plus on-road costs), Rubicon ($76,450 plus on-road costs) and Launch Edition ($86,450 plus on-road costs).
These prices don’t include a number of option packs, which we listed in detail in this story.
All three versions of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator are powered by a petrol 3.6-litre V6 (209kW and 347Nm) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Dealers have been told there are no plans for a diesel.
There is a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel (194kW/600Nm) available in the Jeep Wrangler in the US and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel (147kW/450Nm) available in the Jeep Wrangler locally.
While the 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel would likely find broad appeal in the Jeep Gladiator locally, CarAdvice understands it has been ruled out for now due to the high investment cost for the relatively low right-hand-drive volume.
Although the RRP is at the top end of the ute market, the Jeep Gladiator bridges the size and price gap between the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger category and US pick-ups such as the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.