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Jeep’s new 2020 Gladiator Mojave gets the desert-travel stamp of approval

AFP Relaxnews February 10,2020
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Jeep debuted the 2020 Gladiator Mojave at the Chicago Auto Show. Image: Courtesy of FCA via AFP Relaxnews

This week at the Chicago Auto Show, Jeep announced their first vehicle to don the Desert Rated badge — a designation which it created to give the model a desert-ready stamp of approval.

More specifically, the rating signals that the truck is “the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance while traversing grueling desert and sand environments.” All Desert Rated vehicles need to satisfy tests in five categories — ride control and stability, traction, ground clearance, maneuverability and desert prowess — to earn the badge.

To accomplish this level of durability and off-road capability, the model has received upgrades to the suspension — including a one-inch lift — and special tuning to the internal bypass shocks. Hydraulic jounce front bumpers, a reinforced frame and stronger axles have also been added to keep the driver and passengers safer in rough and sandy terrains.

All these components and additional elements like 33-inch all-terrain tires and “aggressive” front seats come standard with the Mojave trim for the 2020 Gladiator; therefore, the model will come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which can put out 285 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission.

2020 Gladiator models outfitted in the Mojave trim will arrive in Jeep showrooms during the second quarter of this year. RGA

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