Jeep Confirms Plug-In Hybrid Gladiator 4xe for 2025

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Jeep is adding Tuscadero to the Gladiator color catalog due to high demand, and the automaker will soon bring another popular option to the Wrangler-like pickup. The automaker recently confirmed rumors that it would offer the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Gladiator, saying that the new truck is coming for the 2025 model year.

The Gladiator got mild updates for 2024, including better interior options and new infotainment. After proving to be a popular option for the Wrangler, Jeep confirmed the Tuscadero color, so the addition of a 4xe option comes as no surprise. The Wrangler 4xe is the best-selling PHEV in America, after all.

The Gladiator's plug-in hybrid propulsion makes it Jeep’s third with such technology, though its lineup will offer an all-electric Wagoneer S starting later this year. The 600-horsepower SUV gets more plug-in company from the Recon EV, which should land in early 2025.

Jeep's parent company, Stellantis, has confirmed its commitment to developing all-electric vehicles but recently said it would offer internal combustion options alongside them if customer demand is strong enough. That solidifies rumors that Jeep would sell hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions of the Recon EV, which will bring an electric powertrain and a removable or open top like the Wrangler.

Jeep’s product roadmap also includes electrified versions of the larger Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, and we’ll likely see an electric Grand Cherokee in the next few years. The Wrangler won’t be far behind, though all will probably also have available range-extended options that use a gas engine to generate electricity. 

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Ajla Ajla on May 03, 2024

    When the Gladiator was introduced FCA said engine cooling is why they didn't use offer the 2.0T and why the Ecodiesel had a lower tow rating than the 3.6L. I'm interested if they actually solved that here or if we'll see the 4xe given a considerably lower tow rating.

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    • MrIcky MrIcky on May 05, 2024

      They did issue a Gen 3 ecodiesel 2 or 3 years ago that's been better, but the well is tainted and the Gen 3 is cancelled before we'll ever really know if they turned it into a decent engine

  • FreedMike FreedMike on May 04, 2024

    I don't get the business case for these plug-in hybrid Jeep off roaders. They're a LOT more expensive (almost fourteen grand for the four-door Wrangler) and still get lousy MPG. They're certainly quick, but the last thing the Wrangler - one of the most obtuse-handling vehicles you can buy - needs is MOOOAAAARRRR POWER. In my neck of the woods, where off-road vehicles are big, the only 4Xe models I see of the wrangler wear fleet (rental) plates. What's the point? Wrangler sales have taken a massive plunge the last few years - why doesn't Jeep focus on affordability and value versus tech that only a very small part of its' buyer base would appreciate?

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    • MrIcky MrIcky on May 05, 2024

      On the gladiator forums it's mixed opinion so far. Some excitement in having the electric available for camping gear, then some no never to hybrid type answers. So at least the overlanders seem excited by it. Judging by the 4xe vs v6 wrangler and the new Tacoma, 500lbs would be a good guess for weight. The diesel gladiator was almost exactly 400lbs heavier than the v6 BTW.

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