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There’s never been anything quite like the All-New Jeep® Gladiator, engineered from the ground up to be a true pickup truck, ready to carry you and your gear around the corner or to the far corners of the earth.
All Test Drives will take place when the Jeep Gladiator arrives in August.
Jeep's Gladiator is a rock star of the Ute world - David Linklater, driven.co.nz
"Here at DRIVEN we often get invited to international media launches. Because New Zealand is very far away from… well, everywhere, these events usually involve a day or two of travel each way, a day or two on the ground and a lot of frantic activity.
Which brings us to Jeep’s new Gladiator. It’s the first Jeep factory-designed and built pickup truck - or “ute” to us Kiwis - for 18 years and it was launched to the international media in Central Otago. That meant spectacular driving roads and scenery with some proper off-roading."
Enter the Gladiator - Tom Gasnier, Autocar Magazine
The Jeep brand is synonymous with action and adventure, so what better place to drive a new model than the adventure capital of NZ? We head to Queenstown for the global launch of the Jeep Gladiator.
While Gladiator appears to be just a Wrangler with a tray, the underpinnings have undergone a bunch of engineering tweaks to produce ‘the most capable truck in the segment’.
Is The Ute You Didn’t Think You Needed - Liz Dobson, Automuse
As utes continue to dominate new vehicle sales in New Zealand, get ready to have a new sub-category on our roads (and off them) the lifestyle pick-up truck.
And leading the pack will be Jeep’s Gladiator that is a mixture of soft-top driving and carrier of grown up toys such as mountain bikes, dirt bikes, kayaks, windsurfers, stand up paddle boards… you name it.
First drive review: Jeep Gladiator - David Linklater, stuff.co.nz
"It's been a long time between genuine Jeep pickup trucks: the last factory effort was the Cherokee-based Comanche that bowed out in 1992, or if you wanted something similar to a Wrangler the CJ-8 Scrambler of 1981-85. Neither were sold new in New Zealand.
...The Gladiator is heading to New Zealand mid-year, but we've already bashed it around on Kiwi roads... and over some really big rocks."
Truck capability combined with iconic Jeep® design sets the benchmark when it comes to the ultimate look of adventure.
Precision-crafted details, intuitive technology and authentic Jeep® cues are integrated into an interior that ensures you ride in style.
With over 80 standard and available safety and security features, Gladiator uses innovation to help you journey with confidence.