It seemed like only a matter of time that after reintroducing a pickup to its off-road lineup that Jeep would be paying homage to one of its most popular trucks.
To that end, make way for the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys edition.
“Building on the widely popular Wrangler Willys, we’re thrilled to announce the Willys model is joining the Gladiator lineup as another way for Jeep to connect with our customers,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – North America. “Gladiator Willys models harken back to the original Jeep lineup while offering an aggressive look and additional increased capability.”
The Gladiator Willys edition features a limited-slip rear differential, Rubicon cab rock rails and shocks, and 32-inch BFGoodrich KM2 mud terrain tires. These features, combined with Jeep’s Command-Trac 4×4 part-time, two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio, bolster the Gladiator Willys’ off-road capability.
Special exterior design cues feature a Willys hood decal, heritage 4WD tailgate decal, unique black 17-inch aluminum wheels with gray pad print and a gloss black sport grille. All-weather slush mats are also standard. The Sport S based Gladiator Willys also includes standard Technology Group with 7-inch radio with connective services and Convenience Group.
The 2021 Gladiator Willys comes standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and six-speed manual transmission. An optional 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel is available for $4,000 more along with two 8-speed automatics (8HP75 and 850RE) at $2,000 each.
All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.
The Gladiator Willys edition is available in eight colors: black, granite crystal, sting gray, billet, firecracker red, white, hydro blue and snazzberry.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys has a starting MSRP of $35,265 (plus $1,495 destination) and is available now.