AMERICAN pricing has been unveiled for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, indicating that Australians could expect to pay around $60,000 for the entry level model.
Australian prices are yet to be released, but if we follow in the footsteps of our mates across the Pacific – and compare Wrangler prices in the USA and Australia – we can take a more educated stab.
The entry level price for a Gladiator in the States is US$33,545 (Sport model), while the top-of-the-range Rubicon at US$43,545 will lighten your wallet further. Sandwiched between these two models is the Sport S, priced at US$36,755, and the Overland, priced at US$40,395.
The Wrangler Sport in the USA fetches US$31,445 (the Gladiator equivalent is US$33,545); while the Wrangler Rubicon retails for US$41,445 (the Gladiator equivalent is US$43,545). So, as you can see by looking at both the entry level and top-of-range models, the Gladiator asks for about US$2K more than the Wrangler.
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The US-bound Gladiator utilises the 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine good for 213kW and 353Nm, so for this exercise we’ll compare the petrol-powered Wranglers.
In Australia the four-door Wrangler JL Sport S retails from $53,450; the four-door Overland asks for $62,950; and the four-door petrol-powered Rubicon $63,950.
Like-for-like and taking into account exchange rates, we can expect to pay close to $60K to get into the range, and closer to $70K for the four-door Rubicon.
When it lands locally the Gladiator will be available in Sport, Sport S, Overland and Rubicon configurations, with a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 and six-speed manual cog-swapper as standard. An eight-speed auto will be an option.
The Australian launch is expected sometime in 2020.