And while these three contenders are all guilty as charged, they go about their own respective business in very different ways. Ford’s Ranger Raptor is a high-performance four-wheel-drive ute, while Jeep has applied their time-honoured off-road chassis into their own new Gladiator ute. And Land Rover’s new Defender is the British off-road icon, completely reimagined through a modern lens...
It’s been a long time between drinks for Australians wanting a Jeep 4x4 ute, but the wait is finally over. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has arrived, and we have a Punk’n Orange Rubicon specification to sample.
The Jeep Gladiator will arrive into Australia with all the fanfare you'd expect, given we've wanted a Wrangler-based ute for a long time.
The Five Quarter Concept shows that the people behind the Jeep brand, designers and engineers, are passionate enthusiasts of the brand that see more than just a mode of transport or medium for profit. They see the Wrangler (and now Gladiator) as the core of what the brand is all about – something they defend and promote with vigour.
The Gladiator is very likely going to be the most off-road-capable 4x4 ute that money can buy. It'll also be able to tow and haul, but the question mark is still 'how much, and how well?'. Let me tell you, I'm champing at the bit to find out.
Jeep has nailed it good and proper with its all-new Gladiator. This is an exceptional pick-up truck, unique in its ability to go where few if any rivals can while at the same time offering all the utility and ride comfort of the very best in the segment. It’s a complete surprise.