By on November 29, 2021


If you’re an off-road fan looking to plunk money down on an electrified Jeep with an open pickup bed, you might be hanging onto your cash longer than anticipated. Despite the brand heavily hinting at its existence during presentations earlier this year, rumors have cropped up that the Gladiator 4xe may have been pushed to the back burner in favor of other, more pressing projects.

Like updating the Wrangler to better compete with the Bronco, for instance.

The crew at Mopar Insiders, who always seem to have a reliably informed ear inside Chrysler FCA Stellantis, are reporting that any notion of an electrified Gladiator has been put on hold until the 2024 model year. Several models in the Jeep lineup already accept electrons, including the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, and company suits have expressed a goal of having a fully electrified portfolio by 2025. If true, pushing the Gladiator 4xe out a year would still achieve those objectives.

It is being suggested that Jeep is putting renewed effort into the Wrangler’s upcoming mid-cycle refresh, due for the 2023 model year. While no one is expecting wholesale changes to the model which is arguably the face of Jeep, you can be assured it’ll be on the receiving end of more than a few tech and feature upgrades in order to keep pace with the Bronco. After all, this is the first time in living memory that Wrangler has had a true head-to-head competitor – and if you’ve driven a Sasquatch-equipped Bronco, you know it’s a good one.


That same source within Stellantis told Mopar Insider that the Gladiator mid-cycle refresh will appear a year later than the Wrangler, a timeline which makes sense given the pecking order at Jeep. Porting most changes from one to the other, at least in terms of cabin upgrades, will be a relatively simple matter of Jeep engineers lining up the two models and hitting Ctrl+V. After all, the Wrangler and Gladiator share much in terms of interior trappings.

At present, the Wrangler 4xe blends a 2.0L turbocharged four-banger with two electric motors and the familiar 8-speed automatic. This is good for 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and about 20 miles of all-electric range. While cruising (or wheeling) solely on silent electric power isn’t the entire point of Wrangler 4xe, it remains a good party trick and certainly boosts the model’s fuel economy average.

While it would normally be a (relatively) simple task to plunk the Wrangler 4xe gubbins into a Gladiator, it certainly makes sense if Jeep is focusing its attention on the brand’s cash cow and most recognizable model instead of a niche trim on a slower-selling vehicle.

[Images: Jeep/Stellantis]

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6 Comments on “Rumor Mill: Jeep Gladiator 4xe Could be Delayed to 2024...”

  • avatar

    Jeep doesn’t offer the regular 2.0T in the Gladiator because they couldn’t keep it from overheating when pulling/hauling any substantial weight and the Ecodiesel has a lower tow rating for the same reason (people towing with them are reporting some high temps).

    I’m expecting they don’t want to give the 4xe trim a 3000lbs tow rating so I’m guessing a decent revision to the Gladiator’s cooling system is going to be a part of the refresh.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m pretty sure the reason for the lower ecodiesel tow rating was that it weighed more and reduced the weight available for work from the chassis. IIRC the capacity drops from 1450ish lbs to 1100ish lbs going from the v6 to the ecodiesel.

      They have 6000 lbs towing out of the 4xe Grand Cherokee. If that’s possible for the gladiator, it seems sufficient.

      • 0 avatar

        Stellantis themselves blamed the diesel’s lower rating on engine cooling.

        “Towing is more heavily compromised, coming in 1,150 pounds lower than the truck’s maximum at 6,500 pounds, an issue Jeep says is a matter of cooling rather than weight. ”

  • avatar

    My 20-year-old daughter loves Wranglers. Surprisingly (to me), she despises the Gladiator.

    She currently drives a Liberty because her dad is staunchly opposed to using a Wrangler where an actual vehicle is called for. (She is learning about Life Choices every time she fills up her Thirsty Jeep. Will the lesson stick? Who knows.)

    Don’t tell her, but she is getting a ‘Wrangler’ from me for Christmas – this one right here:

    [purchased from WM for 39.99 on Black Friday – I’m not made of money]

  • avatar

    Jeep responded to the Bronco before it even made it to production with the 4xE, the diesel, and the 392. For 2022, small improvements like ditching the 5” screen (all models get the 7” screen at a minimum now) help it compete even more. All while current Wrangler owners on the jeep forums report that the Bronco they HAD ordered hasn’t even been delivered yet and their dealer expects it by early 2022.

    The mid-cycle refresh is just another opportunity for jeep to kick ford while they’re down. Despite journalists and eager early adopters fawning all over the Bronco, it’s only a matter of time before it goes the way of the Xterra or FJ Cruiser. I like some fords but man, they screwed this up.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The story makes sense, but perhaps Jeep realizes that a Gladiator 4xe answers a question nobody is asking.

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