As customary, with the introduction of the latest 2024 Gladiator at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, AEV brought an extra shot of adrenaline and muscle to the table. Already physics-bending-capable in the harshest terrains, the AEV-upfitted Jeep Gladiator will cross deeper rivers, crawl over bigger rocks, and tackle steeper slopes than its regular stock Mopar inceptor.
Oddly appealing – and definitively unmatched for the brand’s purists – the Gladiator offers customers the functionality, versatility, and utility of a pickup truck dressed in the lumberjack fashion of the all-terrain Jeep Wrangler. Whether for an all-season adventure through the desert, forest, or mountains or simply plain daily commuting, the AEV Gladiator is always ready.
From a one-room, dirt-floor garage shop in Missoula, Montana, AEV evolved into a Chrysler Design Excellence Awards winner at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show. The rest is history – one that continues today with the latest Gladiator (but the company also offers gear for General Motors, Ford, or Toyota vehicles). Play the video to learn more about the after-market off-road tuner from the man who started it all.
As usual, the Upfit by AEV Packages available for the 2024 model of the Jeep pickup truck are Upcountry, Upcountry+, and Level II. The first two packages can be installed on Gladiator Sport, Willys, Mojave, and Rubicon.
The AEV 2.5-inch (63.5 mm) DualSport suspension with Bilstein 5100 shocks and the 37-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires can ford a 36-inch (914 mm) depth of water, tackle a 57-degree ramp or drive off a 34-degree slope without a scratching its nose or tail bumpers. The breakover angle is 26 degrees due to the Jeep’s wheelbase of 137.3 inches (3,487 mm).
If the above specs don’t make much impression, compare them to the factory-built 2024 Jeep Gladiator: ground clearance – 11.6 inches (295 mm); approach/departure/breakover angles – 44.7, 26, and 20.9 degrees; water fording - 31.5 inches (800 mm).
The complete list of equipment for each AEV upfittings for the new 2024 Jeep Gladiator models is attached at the end of this story. Customers can order their choices for the American Expedition Vehicles upfits at the Jeep dealerships. The vehicles will be rerouted directly from Jeep’s Toledo Assembly Complex to AEV’s facilities and then to the customer’s preferred dealership.
Oddly enough, the off-road hardware manufacturer didn’t specify the prices for the packages. Still, they would be close to those for the Jeep Wrangler announced a little under a month ago. The Upcountry costs $7,476, the middle-of-the-road Upcountry+ sits at $11,599, while the all-you-can-buy Level II is a staggering $22,099 (if it includes the $2,050 option for a 4.56:1 gear upgrade, although no mention about this alternative is made in Gladiator’s case).