Jeep Wrangler Mojave Deserthawk on the Horizon
If anyone remembers, back in February 2020, Jeep continued to prove the automaker’s ability to fulfill plans laid out in the Five-Year Roadmap. Jeep wanted to improve on what already works, start introducing electric energy sources into the powertrain, and go much further off the beaten path and taking trails far beyond the road. At the end of January 2020, Jeep released the Jeep Compass 4xe and Renegade 4xe First-Edition Models in Europe, and in February released the first Desert-Rated Jeep, the 2020 Gladiator Mojave Edition at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The automotive industry has taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but who could hold Jeep down for too long? According to Mopar Insiders, a Wrangler Mojave will be meeting up with its pickup truck sibling.
Already set to hit showrooms sometime during the second quarter of 2020 (April to June), the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Edition was already well into production before automakers had to pause production worldwide. Going beyond the Trail-Rated badge, these new Jeep models were designed to handle trekking across sandy dunes for miles of rough terrain and steep inclines. Built with a best-in-class approach angle of 44.7 degrees, breakover angle of 20.9 degrees, departure angle of 25.5 degrees, and a best-in-class ground clearance of 11.6 inches, the Gladiator Mojave had all the necessary credentials and an assortment of extra features. Specifically for Desert-Rated models, the Gladiator Mojave was outfitted with new, specially-tuned FOX™ 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs; industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers; a reinforced frame; a one-inch front suspension lift with a silver front skid plate; stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles; aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters; and 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-terrain tires.
Assuming these kinds of changes crossover to the Wrangler Mojave, one of the major outstanding differences MoparInsiders discusses so far is the powertrain lineup. The Jeep Gladiator Mojave only offers one powertrain option, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sources suggest that another engine option, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will more than likely also appear as an option for the Wrangler Mojave model. With the Wrangler Mojave also based on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon trim, a 3.0-liter diesel engine could also be in the cards, but right now, we’re speculating too much.
Some cosmetic changes have also been reported for the Wrangler Mojave model. Setting it apart from the rest of the lineup, exclusive touches like a “performance” hood with Mojave script, orange tow hooks, a silver skid plate in front, new side rails don the outside of the vehicle. The interior cabin comes with Copperhead Orange stitching lashes up the instrument panel, steering wheel, and seats with additional bolstering. Orange like the sun or the sand, the Jeep Wrangler Mojave is definitely sounding like another Deserthawk model.
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