- ford made sure that when the bronco's doors came off, the rearview mirrors stayed. and so jeep has found a solution to that, because the wrangler and gladiator's mirrors do go with the doors.
- a separate mopar-built doors-off mirror kit can be had for $295.
- jeep has also come out with a gladiator willys, a special edition off-road-ready gladiator which is the first to wear the willys name.
for all that 2020 has revealed itself to be, it has also turned out to be the year where ford and fca truly begin to square off when it comes to their respective dominance in the truck space. ford's f-150 raptor has a new challenger, the ram 1500 trx, and the jeep wrangler has the new ford bronco to test its own dominance. each company knows its competitors and in some cases makes it explicit.
ford had a temporary advantage in that the bronco's mirrors don't come off with the doors, unlike the jeep wrangler and gladiator's. jeep, keeping up with the tit for tat seen now for months, is not to be outmatched by ford: mopar now makes a mirror kit for the wrangler and gladiator so that when the doors come off, the mirrors can stay on as they do on the bronco. the factory-backed mirrors cost $295 and can be installed with a bit wrench, which comes in all wranglers and gladiators. the mirrors have a breakaway feature so that when the road or trail gets tight, you don't risk losing your mirrors.
the gladiator is also adding a willys edition to its lineup for the 2021 model year, which will be the first time the willys name will be on the pickup. the gladiator willys will come with willys decals on the hood and rear tailgate and 17-inch black aluminum wheels. it boosts its off-road readiness with a limited-slip rear differential, rubicon rock rails and shocks, and 32-inch all-terrain tires.
the gladiator willys will be offered in eight colors and starts at $36,760. it is already at dealerships.