Jeep Makes the Gecko Green Paint Color Available for Only a Limited Time
Jeep offers one of the most varied selections of exterior paint colors, but few models get access to each one. The Jeep Gladiator is currently available in nine colors, with a unique new shade on the way. The Gladiator tends to get good reviews, though some critics disagree about its value compared to similar trucks.
However, the Gecko Green paint color might make the Gladiator more desirable to some drivers. Stellantis recently revealed that the color was formerly reserved for only the Wrangler. However, now Gecko Green is available on the Jeep Gladiator, but only for a limited time.
A Jeep Gladiator of a different color
Gecko Green is a neon shade, evening out the Jeep Gladiator’s ratio of vibrant-to-conventional colors. The Gladiator’s other dynamic shades include Fire Cracker Red, Hydro Blue Pearl, Bright White, and Punkin’ Metallic (an orange shade). The rest of the Gladiator’s color selection consists of black and gray variations, plus a khaki hue.
The Wrangler is also available in Gecko Green, but it’s not the first exclusive color the off-roader has received. Previous Wrangler models could also be clad in Nacho (a fun orangey-yellow) or Chief Blue (a lighter blue). According to Stellantis, customization is important to the automaker and enriches the consumer’s adventures with their vehicle.
Gecko Green is available only through a limited-time preorder of the 2022 models. Reservations for the 2022 Jeep Gladiator close in October, while Jeep will stop taking orders for the Wrangler at the end of this month.
What else is in store for the Jeep Gladiator?
Stellantis also announced that the Gladiator and Wrangler have a new windshield option. This new windshield is built with Gorilla Glass, which provides better protection against flying pebbles and other debris. On the Gladiator, it’s available for every trim except the range-topping High Altitude, which Jeep has discontinued for 2022.
We also know that the hybrid Jeep Gladiator 4xe might also arrive for the 2022 model year. It will likely have the same powertrain as the Wrangler 4xe — a turbo-four producing 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The two electric motors will also likely uphold (or even exceed) the Gladiator’s towing capacity of 7,650 pounds.
Otherwise, the Gladiator isn’t likely to have any changes for the 2022 model year. It still retains its base V6 engine capable of 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. For 2021, it got an optional EcoDiesel that makes 260 hp and an impressive 442 lb-ft of torque.
The V6 is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while the turbodiesel gets a smoother eight-speed automatic. All Gladiators are also ready for adventures with standard four-wheel drive and a solid-axle suspension. Several packages are available with additional equipment for easier off-roading. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon comes decked out with locking axles on both ends, all-terrain tires, and off-road shock absorbers.
Like most Jeep vehicles, the Gladiator can have a hard or soft removable roof. However, aside from one interesting concept, Jeep has no plans for a two-door Gladiator. Although two-door Jeeps offer less interior space, some drivers prefer them for better gas mileage and lower purchase price.
How much will the 2022 models cost?
CarHp predicts the 2022 Jeep Gladiator will likely go on sale later this year with a starting MSRP of $32,060. The Gladiator Mojave could max out at $45,250, and pricing for the Gladiator 4xe hasn’t been announced.
According to Autoblog, getting Gecko Green will add $245 to the total. The Gorilla Glass upgrade costs $95. You might be able to score a Gecko Green Gladiator only if you preorder one, so don’t delay.