Being based in large part on the rough-and-ready Wrangler, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is extremely capable off the beaten path, and its addition was a welcome addition to a lineup that’s lacked a pickup for decades. Now entering its second model year, the truck is dropping some trims, adding fresh versions, and getting some tweaks for the 2021 model year.
First up, the 2021 Gladiator Willys—based on the Sport S—comes with black 17-inch wheels with mud-terrain tires, rock rails from the Rubicon trim, a limited-slip rear differential, black exterior accents with black Willys stickers, and body-color fender flares in place of the standard black plastic pieces. Willys models also get the truck’s Technology and Convenience packages. Those net the truck a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment setup, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a universal garage door opener, and a few other goodies. A Sport-based Willys is also available, as it is on the Wrangler, and it ditches the Tech and Convenience goodies to keep prices lower. That one starts at $36,985 versus the posher Willys model’s $40,735 sticker.
The 80th Anniversary model is part of a lineup-wide push to commemorate the eight decades that have passed since the original Willys MB Jeep was launched into service in World War II. The 80th comes with 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, an 8.4-inch infotainment setup (that nets an Alpine audio system and an in-dash navigation system, among other things), remote start, body-color fender flares, gray exterior accents, fancy Berber floor mats, and model-specific badging. It runs $43,480.
The final new model added to the lineup is the High Altitude, a super-luxe version of the Gladiator with a body-color hardtop, full LED exterior lighting, 20-inch wheels, body-color exterior accents, a leather-lined cabin with as many technology and convenience features as Jeep can muster including auto high beams, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Nappa leather seat upholstery, and more. If an on-road-focused Gladiator with an eye toward comfort sounds like your thing, budget $53,240.
The rest of the lineup now gets full-time four-wheel-drive with a two-speed transfer case. Sport, Overland, and Mojave models, meanwhile, get Jeep’s Selec-Trac two-speed transfer case and a 2.7:1 low-range gear ratio. On the Rubicon model, the Roc-Trac transfer case has a 4.0:1 low-range ratio. Base model Gladiator Sports now have the option for LED headlights and fog lamps, and Overland models can now be optioned with TrailCam—a forward-facing off-road camera that makes steep climbs and descents much more manageable. Jeep is also adding a diesel engine to the Gladiator lineup for 2021.
Pricing has been announced across the lineup, with the Sport opening the proceedings at $35,040, same as last year. The $39,575 Sport S now runs $1,335 more this year, but the other carry-over 2021 trims—$42,135 Overland, $45,615 Rubicon, and $45,615 Mojave—go up by just $245. The Altitude and North editions from 2020 have been discontinued.
This story was originally published on September 1, 2020 and has been updated with pricing information.