The global shortage of chips continues to spread and the impact on car manufacturers is intensifying. The Jeep Gladiator pickup is reportedly facing capacity difficulties due to a chip shortage, and production of the off-road pickup will be suspended from next week, with the Ohio plant shutting down until the chip problem is alleviated due to an inability to secure a sufficient supply of parts.

For Jeep, the chip shortage is hitting it much harder than that. According to Jodi Tinson, a Jeep spokesperson, Jeep’s Cherokee plant in Illinois, USA and the Compass plant in Mexico have also been shut down due to the chip shortage, and Jeep will do its best to keep parts available so as to minimise the impact of the shutdown.

The good news is that although the Jeep Gladiator will face a production halt, the number of vehicles in stock will be sufficient to meet the demand in the near future. However, with the launch of the Jeep Gladiator outside of North America, in places such as Argentina and Brazil, the market will inevitably demand more capacity for the pickup.

Not long ago, a test vehicle of the Jeep Gladiator was seen on the streets of Brazil, and the new vehicle will indeed officially arrive there in the near future. The Jeep Gladiator will be powered by a 3.6-litre V6 engine with 285bhp and 352Nm of torque, matched by an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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