Jeep has introduced a base-grade variant of its dual-cab 4X4 ute offering called the Gladiator Sport S priced from $65,450.
When Jeep launched its Wrangler-based 4X4 dual-cab ute in Australia last year it was a $75k-plus proposition, with the Gladiator Overland starting at $75,450+ORC and the Gladiator Rubicon at $76,450+ORC, but for those who can do without a few of the frills of the Overland, or some of the off-road hardware of the Rubicon, the new Gladiator Sport S lops a decent $10k of the entry price at $65,450+ORC.
The Sport S is powered by Jeep’s 3.6L petrol V6 engine mated to an eight-speed auto transmission. Despite the smaller price tag, the Sport S is still well equipped, with standard features including the full safety package of Forward Collision Warning Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Path Detection; off-road kit including Selec-Trac on-demand 4X4 system with heavy-duty Dana front and rear axles, underbody skid plates, heavy-duty rock rails and a 47.8:1 crawl ratio; exterior features such as 17-inch Tech Silver alloy wheels, a black three-piece Freedom Hard Top, black fender flares and LED lighting; and comfort and convenience features including UConnect 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, automatic headlamps, push-button start, 7.0-inch driver information display and dual-zone climate control.
“The Jeep Gladiator Sport S creates a new entry-level price point into the Jeep Gladiator range, without compromising on safety, technology and Jeep’s renowned off-road prowess,” Guillaume Drelon, Jeep Australia Director, Brand & Product Strategy said.
“Since its arrival in Australia, the Gladiator has been turning heads on our roads and by expanding the range to include the Sport S specification, even more Australians will be able to own the only open-air truck,” Drelon added, referring to the vehicle’s removable Hard Top.
Optional extras on the Gladiator Sport S include premium paint ($795), a Comfort & Technology Group package ($2450) and a Lifestyle Adventure Group package ($2950).
The optional Comfort & Technology Group includes Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, deep tint windows, remote start, alarm and hard-top headliner. The Lifestyle Adventure Group includes roll-up tonneau cover, cargo management with trail rail, lockable under-seat storage bin, spray-in bed liner, wireless Bluetooth speaker, auxiliary switch bank, 240A alternator and 700A battery.
The Gladiator Sport S is due in dealers this month.