As it does with its iconic Wrangler, the Jeep brand is adding a Willys version to its Gladiator pickup for 2021 – a first.
“The new Gladiator Willys evokes the original Jeep model lineup while delivering an aggressive look and enhanced capability,” said Jim Morrison, Jeep North America Director.
It starts with “Willys” lettering on the edges of the hood, a “4 Wheel Drive” decal on the tailgate, exclusive 17-inch rims in a black finish and a sporty grille in a gloss black finish. Eight body colors are available: Black, White, Hydro Blue, Granite Crystal (our favorite for this edition), Ray Gray, Steel Gray, Firecracker Red and Snazzberry.
In the cabin of the Gladiator Willys, we find floor mats and the Technology package included as standard. The latter notably includes a multimedia screen of seven inches with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
But all this is less important than the 32-inch BFGoodrich KM2 all-terrain tires, the Rubicon model’s high-performance side stone guards and shocks as well as the Command-Trac four-wheel drive system with two-speed transfer case (ratio 2.72: 1 in low gear) and rear limited-slip differential.
The standard engine chosen for this version is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which develops 285 horsepower. The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 is also available as an option.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys is on sale now at dealerships and starts at $ 50,745, plus $ 1,895 in freight and delivery charges. Also note that Jeep has slightly improved the equipment of all versions for 2021 and that another special edition, called 80th anniversary in homage to the brand, appears on the menu.