Vehicle Preview: 2021 Jeep® Gladiator
The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator took the world by storm, fulfilling and surpassing the wishes of adventure-seekers who had long begged for a new off-road-capable pickup truck. Jeep® is keeping its foot firmly on the throttle with the new 2021 Gladiator and doing what it does best: listening to its fans. That’s why the Gladiator adds the powerful and efficient 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 to the lineup, making the 2020 North American Truck of the Year even better.
Get ready for diesel
According to Jeep® Head of Brand for North America, Jim Morrison, the second question the brand heard after asking about a truck was whether it would be offered with a diesel or not. The answer to that question is now a resounding yes with the addition of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 to the lineup. Joining the robust 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6, the EcoDiesel generates an impressive 442 lb-ft of torque and channels it through a new TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission. Made to handle the added torque load and offer great fuel economy, the transmission provides 40 unique shift maps to optimize the experience behind the wheel.
The revamped diesel engine features a new water-cooled turbocharger with a variable geometry turbine to deliver better efficiency and response. Also bolstering efficiency are redesigned cylinder head intake ports, a dual-loop exhaust gas recirculation system and an increased compression ratio. Not only is the new EcoDiesel V6 efficient, but upgrades like the use of lightweight material in the two-piece oil sump and readjustment of the piston pin help cut down even more on noise, vibration and harshness.
Still the only Trail Rated® pickup truck ever made*
One thing that’s consistent from the debut of the Gladiator is its position as the only Trail Rated® truck on the road.* Jeep® takes 4x4 capability seriously, and the Gladiator delivers with superior ground clearance, water fording, traction, maneuverability and articulation.
The Gladiator Rubicon — one of the trims available with the new EcoDiesel — remains the benchmark for 4x4 capability in a pickup truck. With front and rear Tru-Lok® electronic locking differentials to improve traction and a Rock-Trac® 4x4 system with a 4:1 low-gear ratio, the Gladiator Rubicon has the tools necessary to conquer even the most treacherous terrains. The availability of the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel will likely only bolster that skillset thanks to its 3.73 axle ratio.
No matter the model, the 2021 Gladiator also stands firm as the most singular truck on the road in the looks department. With Wrangler DNA, there’s simply no mistaking the Gladiator for any other truck in the segment — and that’s standout potential you want when you’re making a strong first impression. The new Gladiator is customizable to a tee with options like a Zipperless Sunrider® soft top, several wheel options up to 18 inches and a range of eye-catching colors.
Jeep® has its thumb firmly on the pulse of what its fans want, and the 2021 Gladiator is proof positive. With the addition of the much-demanded EcoDiesel, the new Gladiator only becomes more capable and stands higher above the competition.
*Based on the FCA US LLC Midsize 4x4 Crew Cab Segment, available front and rear locking differentials, cab and bed rock rails, a disconnecting sway bar, two front and two rear tow hooks, a 4:1 transfer case, 33-inch off-road tires, skid plates and an off-road camera.
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