Jeep is Cutting the Diesel Option for the Gladiator Pickup

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

jeep is cutting the diesel option for the gladiator pickup

Diesel engines are great at a lot of things, but many automakers are dropping oil burners as they transition to electrification. Ford cut the option from its F-150 line over a year ago, and Jeep removed diesels from its Wrangler lineup heading into 2024. Now, it’s the Jeep Gladiator’s turn, and the automaker recently announced plans to remove the diesel option from the truck’s configuration list after a final FarOut special edition model.

The 3.0-liter diesel engine only made a three-year run under the Gladiator’s hood, but the automaker’s cutting the option, citing a hard shift toward electrification as the cause. Ram cut the engine from its catalog in 2022, so it’s not surprising to see Jeep make the move. Jeep’s 4xe plug-in hybrids are also selling well, leaving little incentive to keep offering the diesel.

Though they’re better on fuel economy and offer more substantial torque, diesels aren’t the cleanest propulsion method around. They emit particulates and other pollutants and obviously don’t jive with electrification targets. GM dropped diesels from the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado lines for 2023, leaving a turbo-four as the only choice.

Jeep has shown its Recon EV concept, which is expected to go on sale by 2025. The automaker is also expected to deliver an electric Wrangler at some point in the near future and will likely expand its 4xe program to other vehicles. 

[Image: Jeep/Stellantis]

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  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Aug 14, 2023

    I like diesels. Too bad.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Aug 14, 2023

      After owning a 2.8 Litre I4 ZR2 for a year, I'm a huge fan. I love the power characteristics.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Aug 14, 2023

    The Jeep Gladiator is a much more logical place to put a V8 than a limited run overpriced 392 Wrangler Unlimited.

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    • MrIcky MrIcky on Aug 16, 2023

      @Alan the Gladiator does have flaws and I'd never argue that it doesn't, I even agree it's mainly a lifestyle vehicle. It seems you want to carry more crap offroading than I do, so I won't argue that either. But it's a VERY capable 4x4, especially for a pickup.

  • Alan Alan on Aug 14, 2023

    Cost has killed diesel and not the cost of running a diesel, but the manufacturing cost.

    With the price of vehicles rising rapidly there are more bucks to be made out of petrol powered vehicles.

    Diesels in light commercial vehicles and vehicles that are used where a sustained load is necessary with the best possible economy diesel is choice.

    I see some lame comments regarding the size of a vehicle that should have diesels. The comments are quite limited, do these guys live in downtown apartments? skid steer equipment, zero turn mowers, generators, etc all light diesel powered and why? For the same reason a 4x4 or ute has a diesel. Efficiency.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Aug 15, 2023

      If I factor in DEF and the cost of the fuel filter,it is the equivalent of a 5% drop in cost savings over the same truck with a V6. In other words 25% advantage as opposed to 30%. The last few months diesel has been 3% cheaper than gasoline. There were several months where diesel was 20% more expensive. ROI is secondary to power characteristics and a well integrated 6 speed.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Aug 15, 2023

    Lou. I remember reading comments how much you like yours. Congrats. Last of the breed.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Aug 15, 2023

      My only regret is not buying an extended cab in orange 2 years ago.