2023 Jeep Gladiator Preview: Diesel, 4xe, Rubicon

The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is not going to become the flagship truck over the larger Ram 1500. Still, some innovations are going to be introduced on the mid-size pickup. Since it is based on the Wrangler SUV, the Gladiator could bring the plug-in hybrid with the 4xe badge. Also, we are listening to rumors about the Hercules package. It is a mean off-road upgrade that will make the truck tougher than with the Rubicon edition.

There are already plenty of options for the Gladiator. The truck is going to offer a few trim levels, and three different engine configurations. The 2023 Jeep Gladiator diesel is going to be the most capable setup for this model. If you combine it with the Rubicon package, the off-road adventure gets a whole new dimension.

2023 Jeep Gladiator towing capacity

2023 Jeep Gladiator Diesel Specs

The 2023 Jeep Gladiator is going to offer both petrol and diesel engines. But, the oil burner is way more interesting. A 3.0-liter V6 is larger than the displacement you are getting with the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Well, this unit is also supplying the Ram 1500 with power. So, experts criticized the FCA for installing too big engine just to enter the market. This EcoDiesel powertrain is delivering 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. It is not enough to make the Gladiator the best mid-size truck for towing. The pickup is rated at 7,650 pounds, while the Chevrolet Silverado can do 7,700 lbs.

A 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine is not too far away from the performance, speaking of towing capacity. It can haul 7,000 pounds, which is still one of the best options in the mid-size segment. The gasoline unit is producing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. You can choose between rear- and all-wheel drive. The fuel economy is better with a diesel engine.

2023 Jeep Gladiator diesel

2023 Jeep Gladiator 4xe

Since the 2023 Jeep Gladiator is a SUV-based truck, it will probably get the same options as the Wrangler. The off-road specialist is now available with the plug-in hybrid system. It combines a turbo-four engine and electric motors. The combo is not going to disappoint new owners with 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Still, we will have to see how this power is going to be transferred into towing capability. Wrangler has impressive off-road skills, and the 4xe system didn’t disappoint. But, the truck market is more specific, so we can’t make bold predictions.

2023 Jeep Gladiator mojave


The new 2023 Gladiator is going to keep the starting price. However, there are too many options, so some specific trim level might arrive with a different cost and additional equipment. So, the base MSRP starts from $37,000 and High Altitude model is around $55,000. Rubicon is one of the most popular version and it is available for just under $50k. Diesel engine is a $4,000 upgrade, but not for all models. We are expecting news about the 2023 Jeep Gladiator 4xe and its release date. Another potential upgrade is the Hercules edition. For now, it is just a rumor.

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