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In July of 2021, Jeep revealed a new addition to its Jeep® Performance Parts (JPP) catalog, the official catalog of Jeep aftermarket accessories. Together with Mopar, now-Stellantis-owned aftermarket accessories and custom auto brand, Jeep owners can now add power, capability, and performance.
The newest addition was the Gorilla Glass replacement windshield, which is made from the same chemical-strengthening tech used on cellphone screens. Now, shoppers can skip any aftermarket hassle and order a Jeep Gladiator or Jeep Wrangler with Gorilla Glass directly from the factory, or at least be secured properly by the time it arrives at the dealership for pickup. On top of that, a new paint color has been revealed.
“Customization is at the core of both Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator, and new colors and equipment allow the customer customization journey to begin at the factory…Bold colors like Gecko Green give our customers the chance to stand out on the trails, while the tough Gorilla Glass windshield will help them bring their Jeep home unscathed,” said Jim Morrison, Vice President, Jeep Brand North America.
Adding Gorilla Glass adds an additional $95 to the beginning MSRP, therefore the Wrangler trims Sport S, Sahara, and Rubicon, starting MSRP of each changes to $33,435 (plus destination fee), $39,590 (plus destination fee), and $39,640 (plus destination fee). Gorilla Glass is also available on four trims for the Jeep Gladiator, including the Sport S, Overland, Mojave, and Rubicon trims. The small increase changes each starting MSRP to $39,170 (plus destination fee), $41,230 (plus destination fee), $44,660 (plus destination fee) for both the Mojave and Rubicon trims – both trims start at the same price according to the manufacturer website.
Surprisingly, the new factory-installed JPP windshield with Corning Gorilla Glass costs less than a new paint job for the Wrangler or Gladiator. To make the windshield durable, lightweight, and more resistant to damage from any off-road debris that can cause chips or cracks, it comes with an ultra-thin inner ply with a 52% thicker outer ply. Adding the Gorilla Glass costs less than the $245 Gecko Green paint color. Many drivers don’t pay mind to it, but the danger of cracking a windshield increases significantly when going off-road.
Gecko Green is available for a limited time only on all Wrangler and Gladiator models. It is a part of Jeep’s palette of vivid, specialty colors that aren’t always available. Similar to its High-Impact Paint colors, Jeep has limited runs of rare paints, and once they are gone it is nearly impossible to get your hands on them. The 2021 model year added Nacho and Chief Blue to its paint list. The 2022 model year gets Gecko Green, and orders for the 2022 Jeep Wrangler in this shade end this month, August 2021. Orders for the Jeep Gladiator in Gecko Green are available until early October 2021.
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