MUSCAT : Dhofar Automotive, the official distributor of Jeep, Dodge, RAM, Chrysler, Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles in the Sultanate, has announced the arrival of the Jeep Gladiator Sand Runner, the ultimate in high-speed off-road capability and performance in desert environments to Dhofar Automotive showrooms. Courtesy of the brand’s renowned 4×4 system and significant suspension upgrades, which underwent extensive testing over harsh sand and desert terrain for vehicle durability and protection, the Jeep Gladiator Sand Runner is the first Jeep in the Middle East to wear the ‘Desert Rated’ badge.
Jeep Gladiator Sand Runner models feature new, specially-tuned FOX™ 64-mm (2.5-inch) internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, industry-exclusive FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, a reinforced frame, a 25-mm (1-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 standard 33-inch tires. All of these standard features enable the Gladiator Sand Runner to become the Jeep brand’s first Desert Rated vehicle.
Hatem El-Naggar, General Manager at Dhofar Automotive, said, “We are very pleased to welcome this premium version of Jeep Gladiator to Dhofar Automotive Showrooms in the Sultanate. The Gladiator Sand Runner is the most off-road capable mid-size pickup and brings Jeep’s exceptionally high standards for off-road performance to the Middle East’s extreme desert conditions. Developed and tested in some of the world’s most harsh and rugged regions, the Jeep Gladiator Sand Runner was built in the desert and for the desert. It delivers a new level of capability with the ability to master challenging rock and sand terrains with ease.”
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Legendary Jeep 4×4 capability
The starting point for the Sand Runner’s new level of capability is the Gladiator’s proven Command-Trac 4×4 system. The Jeep Command-Trac 4×4 system is used to provide higher 4LO (low range) operating speeds for climbing sand dunes and other challenging desert events.
To earn the Desert Rated badge, Jeep engineers equipped the Gladiator Sand Runner with specially-tuned high-performance FOX 64-mm (2.5-inch) internal bypass shocks to maximize handling, comfort and bottom-out resistance on high-speed sand runs.
Industry-first FOX front hydraulic jounce bumpers, which combine race-proven technology with new, cutting-edge features, add additional damping force as the suspension reaches maximum compression to soften impacts and prevent bottoming out in harsh off-road situations.
These engineering enhancements to the Gladiator Sand Runner’s suspension provide ride control and confidence on any high-speed sand or desert terrain, while an Off-Road Plus button allows drivers to take the Gladiator to the next level of tractive capabilities. With the push of the button, the driver triggers adjustments to the throttle, transmission shift points and traction control for peak performance on higher speed passes on sand terrain, as well as during low-speed soft sand and rock crawling conditions. In addition, for the first time on a Jeep, the Off-Road Plus drive mode on the Gladiator Sand Runner enables drivers to lock their rear axle at high speeds while in a high range, “4H”.
The Jeep Gladiator Sand Runner’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features engine stop-start (ESS) technology as standard equipment. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, an essential trait needed for extreme off-roading. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.
Sand Runner inside and out
Inside the cabin, the Gladiator Sand Runner features more aggressive front seats with integrated upper bolsters to hold occupants comfortably in place during high-speed off-road driving. The upgraded seats are available in leather or cloth with orange accent stitching and embroidered Sand Runner logos.
Featuring a 25-mm (1-inch) front suspension lift that results in a more prominent appearance, the Gladiator Sand Runner is adorned with a unique hood decal on its performance hood that features a center scoop. Distinguishing Sand Runner elements include exterior badges, orange tow hooks and unique 17 x 7.5-inch wheels and the optional Jeep Performance Parts heavy duty side steps.
Jeep Desert Rated
The all-new Desert Rated badge is the first of its kind for Jeep and is a natural extension of the brand’s legendary Trail Rated designation. Desert Rated vehicles represent the ultimate in high-speed, off-road capability and performance in grueling desert and sand environments.
Every Gladiator Sand Runner vehicle has been developed to succeed in a series of strenuous tests in five categories which grant it the Desert Rated badge: Ride Control and Stability, Traction, Ground Clearance, Maneuverability and Desert Prowess.
“We are confident that the Gladiator Sand Runner will impress Jeep enthusiasts in the Sultanate since it is well-equipped for high performance in the desert and off-road. We are pleased to invite our valued customers who love adventure and enjoy a robust driving experience to visit our showrooms and see the Gladiator Sand Runner and learn about its superior power and high capabilities,” he added.
In the Sultanate, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and RAM models are available at Dhofar Automotive showrooms with different equipment classes. For more information on Dhofar Automotive visit www.dhofarautomotive.com or call +968 2458 4530.