Jeep designers and engineers were able to achieve this off-road distinction by putting Gladiator through a series of grueling tests and conquering those challenges thanks to a number of features that protect vital components on the midsize truck.
Some of these features are obvious, such as the 11.1 inches of ground clearance between the underside of the Gladiator Rubicon model and the terrain below.
On the driver’s side of each Gladiator is a Trail Rated badge that states the vehicle came out victorious against a series of tests in five key categories: traction, water fording, maneuverability, articulation and ground clearance.
Then there are the rock rails on the Gladiator, which aren’t as conspicuous as the badge or height, but still play an important role.
Underneath the Gladiator, and hidden from plain sight, are high-strength steel skid plates to protect the underbody. These skid plates are featured on all Gladiators and cover key components like the transfer case and fuel tank from hazards on the trails.
Gladiator Rubicon models are equipped with protective cab and cargo bed rock rails.