By on July 10, 2020

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There’s plenty of things Americans can’t get their hands on these days — hand sanitizer, inexpensive front-drive coupes, and a predictable future, to name a few — but those dreaming of the chance to drive a four-door convertible pickup powered by a compression-ignition engine haven’t long to wait before seeing their wish granted.

As many assumed Jeep would, the off-road brand is adding the 3.0-liter diesel V6 to its Gladiator engine roster for 2021.

Appearing in the Wrangler Unlimited for 2020, the 3.0L EcoDiesel returns improved fuel economy without the trade-off of clatter and smoke seen with diesels of yore. In the four-door Wrangler, the 260-horse, 442 lb-ft EcoDiesel has earned a fair bit of praise for both its pull and efficiency.

“Before we introduced Gladiator, one of the most common questions consumers asked us was, ‘Will you please offer a Jeep truck?,’ followed closely by, ‘Will it be offered with a diesel engine?’” said Jim Morrison, Jeep’s hard-rocking North American brand head, in a statement. “While we know the answer to the first question, I’m pleased to answer the second with a resounding, ‘Yes!’.”

Appearing this winter, the 3.0L, mated only to an eight-speed automatic, greets buyers of the base Gladiator Sport, mid-range Overland, and uplevel Rubicon in the third quarter of 2020. Jeep’s already taking orders.

Pricing wasn’t forthcoming on Friday, though the diesel engine option carries a $4,000 price tag for buyers of the Wrangler Unlimited.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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9 Comments on “Diesel Power Predictably Lands in the Jeep Gladiator...”


  • avatar
    cardave5150

    How many diesel convertibles have there been in modern automotive history? I can only think of 3:

    Jeep Wrangler
    Jeep Gladiator
    Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible/Cabriolet (and that’s a guess)

  • avatar
    JGlanton

    Now this is getting really tempting.

    Damn that $4K price tag, though.

  • avatar
    cardave5150

    I forgot about the New Beetle, and was kinda wondering if the were any MB/Audi/BMW diesel/droptop combos. I can’t really keep up with all their models.

  • avatar
    karonetwentyc

    Can I get it in 2-door, extended (not crew) cab, medium-wheelbase form, with a long bed?

    No?

    Oh, OK. Guess you just sunk yourselves in the midsize truck stakes as far as I’m concerned.

    Hey, Jeep – things like this are why I’m not likely to be a repeat buyer. You’d figured it out with the diesel MJ Comanche 30-plus years ago, so it’s clearly within your capabilities to do it again. But you’re not.

    I realise that you don’t care because you’re now a Lifestyle Brand as opposed to a marque, and some dudebro with the ability to find the nearest 4 Wheel Parts to the dealership he’s going to drive this out of is your target buyer, but you could at least throw us a bone.

    Signed,

    Your friendly local KJ CRD owner looking for a decent upgrade path.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    The Gladiator is overpriced but that is typical of the entire Wrangler platform. The Gladiator costs as much as a PowerWagon. A Colorado is significantly lower priced.

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