The Jeep brand announced today it is growing the Gladiator family with the addition of a Willys package for 2021.
The Jeep Gladiator Willys builds on the truck’s entry-level Sport S trim level and adds a limited-slip differential, rock rails and 32-inch all-terrain tires.
Gladiator Willys models also get some cosmetic additions in hood and tailgate decals, trim-specific black 17-inch wheels, and a gloss black grille treatment.
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That’s a similar package to the one Jeep added to the Wrangler in 2020, though that SUV also includes heavy-duty brakes that aren’t mentioned in today’s Gladiator announcement.
Like other Gladiator models, the Willys comes standard with FCA’s Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine (285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque) or an optional 3.0L turbodiesel V6. Six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions and Command-Trac part-time 4x4 drive system.
The new Gladiator option package’s name is a callback to the Willys Overland CJ-3A of the late 1940s. It comes along in time to help Jeep keep attention focused on its showrooms as Ford gets set to roll out its mid-sized Bronco and compact Bronco Sport SUV models, both of which arrive as 2021 models.
The Jeep Gladiator Willys carries an MSRP of $50,745 and is in Jeep Canada’s showrooms and available to order now.