Jeep stated it might introduce a diesel-powered model of the Gladiator this 12 months, and regardless of the world’s state of affairs, the automaker is holding its phrase. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator diesel will hit dealerships within the third quarter of the 12 months, and Jeep is now taking orders.
As beforehand reported, the truck’s turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 makes 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. This mill pairs to an eight-speed automated transmission that’s calibrated for low RPM shifts. The Gladiator diesel will compete with the Chevrolet Colorado diesel, which pumps out 186 hp and 369 lb-ft. Jeep has but to announce official gas financial system numbers, however to beat the Chevy, it must ship greater than 23 mpg in mixed metropolis and freeway driving.
All 2021 Jeep Gladiator diesel fashions function a 3.73 rear axle ratio. Sport, Overland, and Rubicon diesels get Dana 44 entrance and heavy-duty axles. Whereas Rubicons come customary with a switch case with a 4:0:1 low-range gear ratio, Sport and Overland fashions get a part-time switch case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio.
We’ve excessive hopes for the Jeep Gladiator diesel, given our experience with the same engine in the Wrangler diesel. We praised the mannequin’s slick eight-speed in addition to its easy and fast acceleration. Torque comes early within the powerband, eliminating turbo lag. One factor we didn’t like in regards to the Wrangler diesel: its $6,000 value premium over the usual V-6.
Jeep hasn’t introduced costs for the Gladiator diesel but. However we’re bracing ourselves for it to be fairly a bit dearer than the gasoline mannequin, which began at $35,040 for the 2020 mannequin 12 months. Keep tuned for pricing info and extra specs nearer to the truck’s launch date.