Jeep Gladiator adds EcoDiesel option

Marco Green
July 12, 2020

The Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel gets a new 8-speed automatic transmission (TorqueFlite 8HP75).

A new 5.1-gallon diesel exhaust fluid tank is located immediately behind the fuel tank with refill location next to the diesel fuel filler. Enthusiasts have clamored for the turbodiesel in Jeep products thanks to the engine's low-end torque and long lopes in the wilderness thanks to better fuel economy, compared to gas-powered Jeeps. DEF refills align with oil changes lasting up to 10,000 miles.

All trims feature the third-generation Dana 44 front and rear heavy-duty axles, but note that all Gladiator EcoDiesel models feature a 3.73 axle ratio. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left- and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Transfer cases on the diesel models get the same low-range gear ratios as their gas-powered counterparts with a 2.72:1 on the Sport and Overland and a 4.0:1 on the Rubicon.

The Jeep 3.0L EcoDiesel, as seen in the 2020 Jeep Wrangler JL.

On Friday, Jeep announced that its 2021 Gladiator pickup would be available with an optional 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 plucked from the Ram 1500 pickup and Wrangler SUV. Jeep hasn't said what mileage to expect but did say the diesel will deliver the most range of any Gladiator model.

No EPA fuel economy numbers have been released just yet. The Wrangler Unlimited EcoDiesel manages 22 mpg in the city, 29 on the highway and 25 in combined driving.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 uses dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) with four valves per cylinder and a 60-degree angle between the cylinder banks.

The range should also be improved as well, although it hasn't been officially announced.

Big torque delivered at low engine speeds is an undeniable asset off-road, so we can imagine the diesel will be a popular option on the Gladiator. If the same holds true to the Gladiator EcoDiesel, you're looking at a base price of roughly $40,000.

The post 2021 Jeep Gladiator receives long-awaited diesel appeared first on Hagerty Media. We do know that the EcoDiesel adds $4,000 to the Wrangler, which we assume will be the case as well with the Gladiator. We're sure there will be a run on these, as there was the early Gladiators.

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