Staying On Top: New Colors, Features Highlight 2022 Jeep Gladiator JT
As the only convertible pickup truck on sale in North America, Jeep looks to make the Gladiator even more appealing for 2022.
When Jeep unveiled the long-awaited Gladiator (known as the "JT") for the 2020 model year, it was an immediate hit, with the Rubicon Launch Edition (of which only 4,190 units were produced) selling out completely, and incredible first-year sales numbers of over 77,000 units. With the introduction of the EcoDiesel powertrain and the Mojave trim for 2021, the Gladiator just keeps getting more exciting every year. Stellantis (Jeep's parent company, formally known as Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)) has released their 2022 Fleet Order Guide, which includes information about the 2022 Jeep Gladiator. And while the Guide only provides information on the Sport, Sport "S", Mojave, and Rubicon models, we still have an idea of what Jeep has planned for the new model year when it comes to the Gladiator. Read on to find out more about the changes being made to the 2022 Jeep Gladiator. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
First, there's a wide assortment of new exterior paint color options to choose from on the 2022 Jeep Gladiator. First, Silver Zynith Metallic (Metallic Silver, an exterior paint color that first appeared on the all-new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L (WL)) replaces Billet Silver Metallic (also Metallic Silver), while Limited-Edition Gobi Clear Coat (Gloss Beige) reappears for the first time since 2020. Other new exterior paint color options for 2022 include Limited-Edition Earl Clear Coat (which appears to be a Gloss Light Blue-Gray), Limited Edition Gecko Pearlcoat Metallic (a Metallic Bright Green color that first appeared midway through the 2021 model year), and High Velocity Clear Coat (appearing to be a Gloss Yellow). Familiar exterior paint color options, such as Black Clear Coat (Gloss Black), Sting-Gray Clear Coat (Gloss Light Gray), Granite Crystal Pearlcoat Metallic (Metallic Dark Gray), Hydro Blue Clear Coat (Gloss Bright Blue), Snazzberry Pearlcoat Metallic (Metallic Red), Firecracker Red Clear Coat (Gloss Bright Red), and Sarge Green Clear Coat (Gloss Dark Green) remain available for the new model year. For Gladiator buyers looking to stand out, there are plenty of options to allow them to do so.
In terms of features, there are a few changes for the 2022 Jeep Gladiator. First, there's a new suspension package for the Sport "S" trim when equipped with the optional Texas Trail Edition Package (which is only available to buyers in the State of Texas), and there's also a new Dual Door Group available on all Gladiator models, which includes both the traditional full metal doors (including either manual roll-up windows for the base Sport trim, or power windows for all other models), as well as additional metal half doors that include canvas vinyl zipper windows (this package first appeared on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited). A Mopar accessory snorkel is available for those who stick with the standard 3.6L gasoline V6 engine, and two types Mopar canvas sun bonnets (which install when any of the Gladiator's tops are removed to cover the front passenger area) are available on all models. Speaking of roof options, buyers who choose either of the Gladiator's two "Freedom Top" three-piece hardtop roofs can opt for the same Mopar "Flip-Top" as offered on the Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited. In terms of exterior appearance items, base-model Sport buyers can now opt for seventeen-inch (17") aluminum-alloy wheels to replace the standard black-painted styled steel units, and Sport "S" buyers once again get the Tech Silver-finished seventeen-inch (17") aluminum-alloy wheels to replace the previous Gloss Black-finished units.
Buyers of the 2022 Jeep Gladiator Sport and Sport S trims will receive a welcome addition to the list of standard equipment on both trims: the U Connect 4 seven-inch (7.0") touchscreen infotainment system, which replaces the previous U Connect 3 5.0BT touchscreen radio on those models. This means that buyers of base-trim Gladiators will now receive wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration and a larger touchscreen display (an extra-cost option as included in the Technology Group for 2021, and previously unavailable on the base Sport trim). Buyers of all other Gladiator trims (Overland, Mojave, and Rubicon) now receive the previously-optional U Connect 4C 8.4-inch (8.4") touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation as standard equipment, replacing the previously-standard U Connect 4 seven-inch (7.0") touchscreen infotainment system on those trims. This means that buyers of these models now receive standard GPS navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link Services with an included five-year paid trial subscription (in addition to an included paid one-year trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio), a one-year paid trial subscription to SiriusXM's U Connect Guardian Services, and HD Radio for the A/M-F/M radio. Speaking of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, buyers of the Sport "S" trim now receive it as standard equipment, where it was previously offered as an option (SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which includes a one-year paid trial subscription on all equipped models, is still an extra-cost option on the bae Sport trim).
There are still two engine options for the 2022 Jeep Gladiator. The base engine, standard on all models, is the naturally-aspirated 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 gasoline engine with Electronic Stop-Start (ESS), producing a potent 285 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of torque. Buyers can choose either a standard NSG370 six-speed manual transmission ,or an optional ZF-derived (but Stellantis-built) 850RE eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition, all Gladiator buyers (except for the Mojave trim) can opt for the VM Motori-built 3.0L EcoDiesel Turbocharged Diesel V6 engine, which produces a class-leading 260 horsepower and class-leading 442 lb. ft. of torque, but those buyers must also take the ZF-built 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission. All Gladiators are Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD), and include the buyer's choice of Command-Trac (on all models except Rubicon), Selec-Trac (on all models except Rubicon), or two different Rock-Trac transfer cases (on Rubicon models only), one of which has a 4.10:1 ratio. Jeep builds the Gladiator at its Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio. Pricing for the 2022 Jeep Gladiator will start at $35,315 for a base Sport trim with 3.6L V6 gasoline engine the six-speed manual transmission, while a fully-loaded 2022 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with the 3.0L EcoDiesel Turbocharged V6 diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission will set buyers back about $65,000. What do you think of the changes being made to the 2022 Jeep Gladiator? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned right here to DriveTribe for more information as it becomes available!