Unveiled three years ago, the new Jeep Gladiador has arrived in the French catalog, without any ecological penalty.
Remember, that was just under three years ago. Jeep then took advantage of Los Angeles salon to lift the veil on a completely new model, called Gladiador. A name to say the least spectacular for a 4X4 which is just as much, as much by its look as its dimensions. Everything has been done to make it as impressive as possible, although it should not be forgotten that this is actually a revised version of the Wrangler, which is therefore now available as a pick-up. Initially, it was only to be sold in the United States, Europe was not fond of this type of vehicle, which should then have been sealed by the ecological penalty. However, the American firm had not dismantled and had confirmed at the beginning of the year that its new Gladiator would finally indeed be marketed on the Old Continent. Good news. Except that since then, radio silence concerning the pick-up, who hadn’t really talked about him again.
Except that it has made its way to our dealerships, but in total silence, the brand probably not foreseeing a great success in our regions for this atypical model. Nevertheless, the Jeep Gladiator is therefore readily available, equipped with a 3.0-liter multijet turbo diesel V6, developing no less than 264 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque, all associated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Despite this impressive technical sheet, the pick-up is not subject to the ecological penalty, because it is marketed as a utility, a category not being subject to this tax. In addition, the vehicle is then only approved in the four-seater version. Enough to allow customers to be exempted from an amount that would undoubtedly have dissuaded more than one. But the brand is not the only one to adopt this strategy, Suzuki having also done so with its Jimmy, now only available in two places.
Only one version available
Niche vehicle, this new Jeep Gladiator logically does not offer a very full range, being then only available in one version, called Overland Launch Edition. This is a special introductory series available in four colors, with 18-inch rims supplied as standard. The equipment is quite complete, including front and rear LED lights, leather upholstery and the 8.4-inch touchscreen including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The pick-up props also many driving aids systems, such as the blind spot detector, the adaptive cruise control or the all-terrain camera and the frontal collision warning.
Already available to order, the new Jeep Gladiador is displayed from € 70,900, therefore without penalty. As a utility, it is also exempt from TVS, but be careful, because VAT is not recoverable for professionals.
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