Diesel Power Predictably Lands in the Jeep Gladiator
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.
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