Posted on February 29, 2020 by Kelly Wilk
2020 Jeep Gladiator for Sale | Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto
Rolling Like a Tumbleweed
There is some hot news at Jeep these days and I am not just talking about the hot new pick up truck due to roll off the line later this year to your local Toronto, Mississauga, Burlington, Brampton, Oakville and Heartland dealerships. The world has enjoyed eighteen years of the off-roading, water fording, mountain climbing Trail Rated Jeep Wrangler Rubicons. We are all familiar with the beloved traits of our Wranglers, the sleek seven-slot vertical grill in the front for instance. The amazing power of those 3.6L Pentastar V6 engines and the four-wheel drive. Not to mention the great aesthetic details such as the round headlights, iconic trapezoidal wheel arches, fold down windows and the removable hard-top and doors. However the stamp of approval that has validated all of the above is the “Trail Rated” badge of honour that meant it was rugged enough to tear up an off road trail. And now the design that has maintained its shine for 75 years is above is about to get a serious upgrade in the new “Desert Rated” 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave.
Yes, you heard me right. There is a new kind of Jeep that is about to change the game. A new generation of pick up trucks is forthcoming that will be able to tackle a mountain of sand! It was first see at this year’s Chicago Auto Show (pictures credit of The Drive) where Brand Manager Brandon Girmus was there to clear up the dusty details on this new brainchild of Jeep and tell us about what the capabilities of this new Jeep cousin will be.
"Like Trail Rated the Desert Rated is a moniker awarded to vehicles that fulfil five requirements for specialization in their respective environments. There is some crossover with Trail rating, so you've got manoeuvrability, ground clearance, traction—but the traction is more for like loose surfaces like sand, and then ride control and stability," he said. "The key thing is making sure that when you're flying fast through the desert over uneven terrain, the vehicle isn't kind of pitching and rolling all over the place, so that's where the Fox shocks and suspension help keep the vehicle controlled and level."
The 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave is the forerunner for a new line of Jeeps that will be able to take on those sandy dunes of the desert terrain due to the set of specially-tuned FOX 64-mm (2.5-inch) internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs that Girmus mentioned. The industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a 25-mm (1-inch) front suspension lift with a front skid plate, and standard 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain tires that will get the job done when you head out on a walk about, or rather drive about in the Mojave. And in terms of capability as well as suitability to its intended environment this Jeep Gladiator Mojave will be leaving the pack behind due to its Desert Prowess as Girmus called it.
"Desert Prowess is more [about] making sure the vehicle can survive in a desert environment. Making sure it can survive the heat, the sand, the dust, and that sort of thing. You'd want a Desert Rated Jeep for the desert, but this can do phenomenally well on a trail too. It can still do the Rubicon [Trail], it can still manage 30 inches of water fording. It's gonna be very off-road capable in pretty much any trail situation."
I don’t doubt it! It was after all named after the nearest and one of the ten biggest deserts in the world, The Great Basin Desert which covers 190,000 square miles in the United States. Bordered by The Rocky Mountains in the east, the Sierra Nevada to the west, the Columbia Plateau to the north as well as, and yes of course, the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts in the south. The Great Basin Desert is a cold desert where the climate is generally brutally hot summers followed by snowy, cold winters. The harsh terrain and unforgivable environment is what the Desert Rated 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave was built for and it is where it will excel!
To design and test this new sand demon Jeep devised a whole new testing methodology for the Desert Rated badge which can only mean that we can be expecting more Jeeps like the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave to be rolling off the line. Girmus tells us that the same engineering team that developed a Trail Rated system has developed the Desert rating system. Sounds like enthusiasm for this new Jeep is gathering speed as fast as a tumbleweed…with a V-6 engine that is. Girmus sounds quite excited as he says,
“They've got a scoring system. They also developed a brand-new desert off-road durability course too, out at our Arizona proving grounds."
Sounds like Jeep is all set to roll with their desert chic dream that hopefully will be zooming in later this year. Jeep enthusiasts are primed to see just how it might perform in this new challenging environment. And though the Mojave Desert is a fierce adversary the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave will weather the storm. Even though the sun may scorch, the winds may howl. Even though the sand may slide and rise up in sandy towers the Jeep Mojave has the power, the balance, the sturdiness and the right attitude to make a sandbox of the terrain beneath its wheels. Just remember the sun block, the water and perhaps remember to swerve around the cacti.